Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT)


The FIAT Program provides quality analytic training, using experienced analysts, to members of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU), and other interested parties at a reasonable cost on a regional basis.

FIAT Course Overview

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The FIAT is a five-day introduction to the basics of law enforcement intelligence analysis. As the name indicates, FIAT aims to provide a foundation, a basic knowledge and understanding, of the elements of the law enforcement analysis profession. It was designed to be an entry-level curriculum and meets the educational requirements for the IALEIA Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) certification process. Completion of the FIAT does not automatically provide certification. See the Certification section for a complete list of criteria.

Course topics include:

• Introduction to Intelligence
• The Intelligence Cycle
• Legal Issues/Ethics
• Sources of Information
• Core Competencies
• National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan
• Creative/Critical Thinking
• Logic and Inference Development
• Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
• Recommendations Development
• Crime Analysis
• Indictor Development
• Association Analysis
• Flow Analysis
• Financial Analysis
• Strategic Analysis
• Communication Analysis
• Products of Intelligence
• Resources and References

The FIAT curriculum is guided by the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP) and the IALEIA/Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative's Law Enforcement Analytic Standards. It is intended for civilian and sworn law enforcement, as well as regulatory personnel who have not received formal, basic, intelligence analysis training.

The FIAT course is approved for agency funding reimbursement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS funding must be coordinated with the state grant coordinator.

FIAT is a cooperative venture of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU).


FIAT seats are $550 (USD) for current IALEIA/LEIU members and $600 (USD) for non-members. Non-members who successfully complete the class may apply for IALEIA membership at a reduced rate of $25 (USD) within thirty (30) days of course completion. Just ask a class instructor to be your sponsor and complete a membership form.

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FIAT Schedule

We are actively seeking future hosting locations.

Upcoming courses:


Please continue to watch the FIAT website for additional courses.

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Hosting a FIAT In Your Area

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FIAT is always looking for a host agency that is willing to offer an 'open' course that IALEIA and LEIU can advertise to its members and the law enforcement intelligence community. This is a great way to bring the course to your area. Minimum registration for an 'open' class is 15 students. Registration for a FIAT course closes once a class has reached its limit of 24; however, individuals may still have their name added to the waiting listing of a given course. The host agency of an 'open' course will receive one (1) free seat if they have purchased at least two (2) seats in the class. A host agency may also request a 'closed' class. The host of a 'closed' course is financially responsible for the full course fee and determines who will be allowed to attend. The maximum capacity of a 'closed' course is 24 students.

Host agencies for both types of courses are asked to provide the training rooms needed for the class and to specify a course Point of Contact for registration and on-site coordination.

Any agency or organization interested in a FIAT is encouraged to contact the FIAT Program Manager in order to obtain additional information and to schedule a course.

FIAT:  The History

In early 2004, the IALEIA Board decided to use the FIAT training course it had developed in a consortium including the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Project Directors, and the LEIU as a way for IALEIA chapters to provide training at a reasonable cost in their areas. IALEIA made it a priority to assemble a cadre of experienced analysts to teach these courses regionally. In the fall of 2005, the DHS issued a mandate for standardized training for all newly hired analysts who are paid with DHS grant funds. The IALEIA FIAT was one of the first two training courses listed as meeting the requirement.

FIAT:  The Program

The FIAT Program Manager is responsible for coordinating and scheduling FIAT courses; reviewing and processing FIAT instructor applications; scheduling new instructor training; and, addressing day-to-day program administrative issues. The FIAT Program Manager reports directly to the Director of Professional Development who provides curriculum oversight to ensure FIAT continues meeting the entry-level educational requirements for the IALEIA CICA certification.

FIAT:  The Instructor Team

FIAT instructors are working, professional analysts employed by law enforcement or investigative organizations throughout the world. Instructors are volunteers and are 'loaned' to FIAT by their respective home agency/organization. They do not receive payment or honorariums for teaching courses. They volunteer because of their commitment to mentoring new colleagues and dedication to helping advance our profession!

Instructors for specific FIAT classes will be chosen based on their experience, areas of expertise and geographic proximity to the training sites.

Instructor Development Program - IDP


The mission of the FIAT Instructor Development Program (IDP) is to support the development of new, qualified instructors for FIAT classes.

The IDP is administered by the FIAT Program Manager and training sessions are scheduled as needed. FIAT instructor refresher training is held at each IALEIA/LEIU Annual Training conference.

FIAT Instructor Application Process:

Any interested IALEIA or LEIU member is encouraged to apply to the FIAT Program Manager for certification. In order to qualify, applicants must possess the following requirements:

  • Current, active membership in IALEIA or LEIU
  • Maintain an active membership with IALEIA or LEIU
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience working as an Analyst in an appropriate law enforcement field
  • Previous experience in delivering training to adults
  • Written commitment from their immediate supervisor or agency head that they will be able to teach this course (either on company time, or on time off from work)
  • Able to commit to instructing at least one FIAT course every two (2) years
  • Instructors with analytic certification are preferred

To apply:

Please contact the FIAT Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..