EU Intelligence Operations

Enabling officials to perform core duties within an intelligence environment to regional and international standards.

The EU Intelligence Operations Course (EUIOC) combines foundation and advanced field intelligence operations and planning courses as prescribed by international and regional curriculum. The course will take students without any knowledge of intelligence to the level of knowledge and skill required to function as intelligence staff.

Introducing students to the fundamentals of the European intelligence system and organisation, the European Criminal Intelligence Model (ECIM) and associated security architecture; students cover intelligence, security, decision-making, legal and preventative tactics, techniques and procedures. Attendees will also be introduced to key contemporary threats to European security and develop an understanding of how to apply covert collection, counter-intelligence, intelligence analysis and covert action to counter them.

The EUIOC combines intelligence operations courses prescribed by international and regional curricula. The course draws particular focus to regional and international law, ethical standards, risk and security.

Target Audience

The course assumes some existing knowledge of European security issues. However, anyone who is physically fit with a higher education (degree-level or equivalent), good character, history of personal and professional responsibility and an ethical and justifiable reason to study may attend. Historically, the programme has attracted the following representation:

Internationals: Representatives from EU, UN and other international agencies, missions and institutions. Nationals: National intelligence, military and law-enforcement delegates attending on behalf of European states.
Non-Profits: Functionaries in a position of public trust representing the media, NGOs, charitable and other third sector organisations. Others: Professionals from the private sector, academia and other organisations.

Learning Objectives

ECIM Concepts: Explain the intelligence cycle, the European Criminal Intelligence Model (ECIM), primary roles, responsibilities, systems and organisation.

Security: Apply operational security and recognise the potential and consequences of a security breach. Understand how to handle, evaluate, sanitise and disclose intelligence material.

Basic Research: Identify sources of information and conduct research using telephone data and other sources. Record and search information in key EU intelligence systems.

Surveillance Law: Understand European counter-terrorism policy, types of surveillance (inc. property interference), prepare applications for authorisation and preserve surveillance products as evidence.

Surveillance Ethics: Recognise the principles of justification, proportionality, necessity and collateral intrusion, and be able to ensure that these issues are correctly addressed. Understand covert surveillance ethics and law and obtain useable surveillance imagery accordingly.

Intelligence Briefing: Formulate prevention, intelligence and enforcement (PIE) policy options to address contemporary threats to European security. Conduct briefings, debriefings and risk assessments.

Covert Support: Covertly collect information of intelligence value, provide support to counter-intelligence functions and understand and support the full spectrum of covert action available within the intelligence environment.


Course Format

The EU Intelligence Operations Course is designed to develop regional skills and knowledge as an intelligence officer so you can more easily work across nation states. To develop these skills a variety of formats and delivery methods have been used including:

  1. Flexible Delivery: Workshops and exercises as well as traditional lectures.
  2. Coaching & Mentoring: Career advice in the security sector from recognised experts, assistance and support with course content and sustained aftercare.
  3. Blended Learning: The latest iteration of the course combines preparatory training via our e-learning platform with consolidated learning in an intensive attendance programme.

Prior to attendance each candidate must pass an e-learning programme delivered over no less than two months.

Block 1
The Intelligence Cycle & ECIM

Block 2
Intelligence Ethics & Law

Block 3
Intelligence History

Block 4
Reporting, Evaluation & Exploitation

Block 5
Collection, Security & Risk

Block 6
Linguists, Experts & Liaison

After completion of the aforementioned e-learning programme, the latest information that you need to provide intelligence functionality across Europe will be delivered in a one week intensive programme.

Day 1
Induction & Intelligence

Day 2
Covert Activities

Day 3
Ex. Orpheus

Day 4
Ex. Orpheus

Day 5
Ex. Orpheus

Optional Training (OTA's) Delivery Cost
Surveillance Imagery P/T (Evening) or
D/L (Online)
€270

Dates & Times

The course begins on the first Monday in January and July each year and runs for 5 consecutive days. Applications take approximately 4 weeks to process and an extensive pre-qualifying e-learning course takes at least 2 months to complete. Candidates may not be admitted to the attendance course or online equivalent without having achieved a passing grade on the e-learning element.

Assessment

Assessment may be by any valid and accredited competency assessment meeting course requirements. However, competency is most commonly evidenced through the following combination of assessment methods:

  • A pre-selection dossier including validated: security vetting, professional/academic reference checks, higher education certification (degree-level or equivalent), fitness/medical checks and evidence of a relevant career history and assessed knowledge in European security.
  • A score of greater than 49% on the intelligence operations section of the MCPE or an equivalently balanced examination of similar content.
  • Submission of a portfolio of work satisfying the criteria for at least a pass according to the candidate handbook.
  • An approved assessor's independent testimony of observed competency across the intelligence operations domain of the Integrated Competency Framework (ICF) for Intelligence throughout at least 10 hours of supervised professional practice.

Standards

Credentials are fully accredited for compliance with international standards. For further details on Institute requirements, international standards and accreditation, view the Accreditation page.

Certification

The EQF Level 3 Award in EU Intelligence Operations accompanying this credential is earned after accruing 6 credits at approximately 60 guided learning hours.

Fees & Discounts

Not including accommodation, the course is delivered at a cost of €1750. Payment is accepted by bank transfer, card or PayPal. The following discounts are available:

Member's Rate: If you have previously attended courses at the Instutute or hold any other form of membership, log in with your user ID and password to receive a €100 discount.

Distance-Learning Rate: Gain an additional €500 discount by electing to complete the residential element of the course online instead of attending on-site.

Group Rate: If you are booking on behalf of a group, further incentives may apply. Please contact the head of the training and directing staff for further details.


Downloads

 IEIS Candidate Handbook (PDF, 365KB)
 EUIOC Syllabus & Curriculum (PDF, 230KB)

Location

Vienna or Online.