The IALEIA Professional Certification Program is rooted in the concepts of professionalism as set forth by the SCCA and guided by the recommendations of the NCISP, and the recommended standards for certification organizations in the Law Enforcement Analyst Certification Standards. The guidance documents recommend a combination of work experience and professional training should be required to become a professional analyst. Therefore, IALEIA has established a three-tier process for classifying and certifying analysts. The tiers are:
- Basic Analyst Classification
- Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst
- Lifetime Criminal intelligence Certified Analyst
- Lifetime Tenured Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst
An individual is not required to have previously obtained a Basic Analyst Classification in order to apply for Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA). In addition, an individual may choose to remain a member at the Basic Analyst Classification tier, however they are strongly encouraged to pursue the advanced CICA tier as a way to demonstrate their continued professional development and analytic competency.
Any individual who is an IALEIA [regular] member in good standing may enter the Professional Certification Program. Once a classification or certification has been awarded to an individual, he/she is required to remain an IALEIA member in good standing to keep his/her status active. To remain an IALEIA member in good standing an individual must pay dues annually and maintain membership without a lapse of greater than the authorized 60-day “grace period” for maintaining continuous membership (per IALEIA membership rules). In addition the IALEIA member must not have been the subject of censure or disciplinary action resulting from violation of the IALEIA bylaws, rules of conduct, or ethical standards.