The Professional Certificate in Foreign Intelligence Assessment

Known previously as the “Practical Certificate in Foreign Intelligence Assessment,” we have up-graded the title of this offering to Professional Certificate.  This 3-day program is designed to give participants a wide understanding of the foreign intelligence assessment function in Canada by explaining how intelligence analysts produce assessments to inform policy-making on foreign and defence issues.

NOTE.  This is an in-person workshop and not offered online.  Given current circumstances and trends this workshop will only be offered on a tentative basis.  Registration will not be accepted until conditions for safe, in-person learning can be assured.

Date:  TENTATIVE February, 2022.

Registration: registration is closed.  Before proceeding please review our cancellation and withdrawal policies here.
Please contact the Associate Director, Bryan Henderson for place-holder information:

Location: Richcraft Hall, Carleton University.
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM daily
Fee: Early registration $ _____.00 + HST until _______ , ___.  Thereafter, regular registration $ _____.00 + HST.
NPSIA and NPSIA PT&D Alumni and members of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association: $ ___.00 + HST

About this program:

This workshop concentrates on the practical aspects of the analytic process and the drafting of intelligence assessments in support of decision-makers in government. The workshop situates the foreign intelligence assessment function within the broader concept of intelligence, and explains its relationship to other concepts such as security intelligence and intelligence collection.

Who should attend:

The workshop will be of particular interest to those in the public and private sectors working in the international affairs area who are involved in examining foreign developments and delivering findings for decision-makers. It will give those who have access to intelligence assessments in their work a better idea of how these reports are prepared. Participants from other parts of the intelligence community will gain a greater understanding of the strategic assessment function. In addition, many of the specialized skills of intelligence analysts in handling information and presenting judgments are readily transferable to other knowledge-based fields.

This workshop focuses uniquely on the Canadian intelligence community and its support to Canadian policy-makers. However, lessons and best practices will be drawn from the experience of other countries as well and incorporated into the Canadian context.

All training in the workshop will be conducted at the unclassified level.

Learning objectives:

The workshop concentrates on the following critical learning objectives:

  • Key terminology and concepts of intelligence analysis.
  • Overview of the Canadian foreign intelligence community.
  • Critical evaluation of intelligence source reporting.
  • Introduction to methodologies of intelligence analysis.
  • Preparing and presenting intelligence assessments.
  • Enhancing the relationship between the analyst and intelligence consumer.

Your trainer:

Alan Barnes served for over 26 years in the Canadian Intelligence Community as an intelligence analyst and manager of analysts. He worked as a military intelligence officer, in the political intelligence division of DFATD and in PCO’s Intelligence Assessment Secretariat. Mr. Barnes played a key role in the IAS’s efforts to improve analytical tradecraft and in the training of new analysts. In 2012, he was the first recipient of the Canadian Association of Professional Intelligence Analysts’ (CAPIA) Award for Distinguished Career Achievement.