The EU Undercover Operations Course (EUUOC) combines the pre-selection, foundation and advanced courses as prescribed by international and regional curriculum. Students will learn how to establish and utilise a covert infrastructure, plan and prepare covert infiltration, participate in and deploy undercover operations against covert targets and sustain operations over time. The course draws particular focus to regional and international law, ethical standards, health, safety and security. The course requires attendance at pre-selection weekend.
Introducing undercover operations, the course takes students with an existing knowledge of intelligence to the position of recognised covert operators.
The course is oriented towards trained and experienced intelligence professionals. Therefore, in addition to the usual minimum requirements for all Institute training, applicants should also posses regional training in intelligence on the operations, analysis or command track, equivalent to the EUIOC, EUIAC, EUIMC or similar. 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.|
ECIM Concepts: Understand the European Criminal Intelligence Model (ECIM) and EU law and ethics impacting upon undercover operations. Prepare all appropriate authorisations and documentation to the required standard.
Covert Awareness: Improved self-motivation, problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills. Understand the limitations of informants, surveillance, electronic interception and other covert techniques. Explain the history and value of undercover tactics, handlers and agents in addressing social problems.
Operational Planning: Appreciate the security and confidentiality implications of undercover work. Plan short and long-term undercover operations.
Tactical Operations: Deter, disrupt and neutralise targets and operations where traditional methods have proven inefficient or unsuccessful. Provide intelligence and evidential support for tactical operations. Provide current, actionable and sustainable intelligence and evidence on targets and their activities. Penetrate target groups and identify unknown subjects of interest and their activities.
Covert Support: Develop advanced cover with covert infrastructure support. Conduct technical and physical surveillance countermeasures. Assess personal strengths, weaknesses and characteristics with regards to undercover deployment and prepare basic cover accordingly.
Welfare Management: Brief and de-brief undercover agents. Manage the health and safety, welfare, financial and managerial implications of undercover deployments.
The EU Undercover Operations Course is designed to develop regional skills and knowledge in the field of deep cover operations overseas. To develop these skills a variety of formats and delivery methods have been used including:
The latest information that you need to conduct operations at an international level will be delivered in a two week intensive programme.
Induction & Security
Intelligence & History
Special Security Measures
Cover & Concealment
|Optional Training (OTA's)||Delivery||Cost|
|Sabotage & Subversion||P/T (Weekend)||€450|
|Covert Communications||P/T (Evening)||€270|
The course begins on the first Saturday in November each year for the pre-selection weekend followed by 10 working days of training over two consecutive weeks. Applications take approximately 4 weeks to process and security vetting may take up to 6 months to complete for applicants who lack a current security clearance.
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:
Credentials are fully accredited for compliance with international standards. For further details on Institute requirements, international standards and accreditation, view the Accreditation page.
The EQF Level 3 Certificate in EU Undercover Operations accompanying this credential is earned after accruing 17 credits at approximately 170 guided learning hours.
Not including accommodation, the course is delivered at a cost of €3500. 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 €170 discount.
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.