Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

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Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) is the second tier of the IALEIA Professional Certification Program. An individual at the Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst tier has demonstrated professional achievement in the intelligence analysis field though establishing an experience base, participating in ongoing training and development activities, and demonstrating analytic competency. This tier is intended for individuals who have gained experience through practice in their professional analytic careers, and possess the requisite combination of years of analytic experience and formal education as defined below.

  • The one-time, CICA application fee of $100.00 is non-refundable and payable to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure eligibility prior to making application
  • If the applicant is not eligible for CICA, the application fee will not be returned
  • Current Basic Analyst Classification holders will receive a $50.00 application discount
  • Current IALEIA membership for at least one year is required to apply for CICA
  • IALEIA membership must be maintained to retain the CICA certification
  • If the application is approved, the applicant must take and pass the CICA exam
  • The CICA exam fee is $100.00 and is non-refundable in the event of failure to pass
  • The CICA exam must be scheduled within 2 years of application approval
  • The CICA exam may be taken up to 3 times, but the $100.00 fee must be paid for each exam scheduled
  • Re-certification as a CICA must be accomplished every five (5) years and the fee is $75.00, payable to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst – Criteria
After a period of employment (as noted below in item 3) in a criminal intelligence or analysis position, a person may apply to become a Criminal intelligence Certified Analyst. The applicant is not required to have been previously engaged in the Professional Certification Program by obtaining the Basic Analyst Classification, but that status can help expedite the CICA process.

  1. Current IALEIA [regular] member in good standing for a minimum of one year
  2. Completion of 40-hour minimum basic intelligence analysis course or current status as a Basic Analyst Classification holder
  3. Full-time employment in a criminal intelligence or analysis position in the government, criminal justice agency, military, or private sector
  4. Cumulative years of qualifying employment and:
    1. A 4-year (Bachelor’s) degree, or equivalent and three (3) years work experience
    2. A 2-year (Associate’s) degree, or equivalent and five (5) years work experience
    3. No college degree and seven (7) years work experience
    4. College credit must be documented by official transcript(s) or diploma(s) and be reflective of the appropriate number of credit hours (generally 30) for each year of college credit claimed—the college credit must be attained at an accredited academic institution or military program
  5. Assignment to a job function that involves the application of analytic and intelligence techniques and methods
  6. Demonstration of training completion by provision of official training certificate, or current status as a Basic Analyst Classification holder
  7. Documentation of analytic job function for required number of years by provision of official position description(s)
  8. Adherence to IALEIA standards for ethics and professional conduct
  9. Submission of Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst application and fee payment
  10. Upon approval of the CICA application, the applicant must schedule an exam. The exam must be scheduled and completed within two years of the time of approval of the CICA application or the process must be repeated, including payment of another application fee. The CICA exam must be passed with a minimum composite score of 70%.
  11. Once the applicant successfully passes the CICA exam, the CICA certification will be awarded
  12. If the applicant fails the exam, it may be attempted again, upon scheduling another exam and payment of another exam fee. The applicant may attempt to pass the exam a maximum of three (3) times, following which they will be required to wait for a period of two (2) years before starting the process over
  13. Successful applicants will be authorized to use the “CICA” designation on all professional correspondence for as long as their CICA status remains active

CICA Re-certification – Criteria

  1. The Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst certification must be renewed every five years or it will expire
  2. A CICA re-certification application must be submitted with the fee payment
  3. The CICA certification holder must demonstrate continued development of analytic skills and advancement of professional competency in order to renew the CICA status
  4. The applicant for re-certification must provide evidence of having completed specific qualifying activities in the period since his/her last certification or recertification including at least three of the following:
    1. Published a 1,000 word or greater article in the field of intelligence or analysis, which may have been co-authored with no more than two other individuals
    2. Developed a training segment of at least two hours on intelligence or analysis
    3. Presented a training segment of at least two hours on intelligence or analysis which was developed by someone else
    4. Participated in providing advanced training of sixteen (16) hours or more by a recognized provider or agency
    5. Documentation or submission of an analytical technique to the IALEIA Journal of Intelligence or other academic, peer-reviewed publication
    6. Nominated for, or awarded, an IALEIA professional award
    7. Participated in a complex case or assessment which was done over at least three months and required the use of significant analytic skills and methodologies (must be documented by a supervisor)
    8. Completed a special project which may be recognized as significant by the Professional Certification or Awards committees (such a project might include regular contributions to an intelligence publication)
    9. Served as an officer or committee chair in an intelligence organization
    10. Participated as an active FIAT instructor in a regularly-scheduled FIAT class
  5. Continuous membership in IALEIA
  6. Documentation of a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education hours/credits earned per year
  7. Upon approval, a letter of congratulations will be sent to the analyst, along with a new certificate indicating the date of re-certification
  8. If disapproved, notification will be sent to the analyst providing the supporting rationale for disapproval.

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