National Credential
Credential: Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts

The Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) credential offered by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) is intended for individuals with education, training, and background in criminal intelligence. An individual pursuing the CICA credential 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.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI other          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS some          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted R6 Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member ASI most          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI some          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI some          
Enlisted T1 Counter Threat Finance Analyst ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted V5 Military Police Investigation ASI most          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 350F All Source Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 352N Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts
PO Box 13857
Richmond, VA  23225
Phone: 804.565.2059
Fax: (804) 565-2059

Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

Applicant must have the following cumulative years of qualifying employment and/or experience:

  • 4-year (Bachelor’s) degree, or equivalent and three (3) years work experience; or
  • 2-year (Associate’s) degree, or equivalent and five (5) years work experience; or
  • No college degree and seven (7) years work experience.

College credit must be attained at an accredited academic institution or military program and documented by official transcript(s) or diploma(s).

Qualifying employment involves the application of analytic and intelligence techniques and methods. Documentation by provision of official position description is required.

Applicant must complete a 40-hour minimum basic intelligence analysis course or current status as a Basic Analyst Classification holder; for additional information on this requirement see the IALEIA site.

The Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicant must be a current IALEIA member in good standing for a minimum of one year.

  • Applicant must have full-time employment in a criminal intelligence or analysis position in the government, criminal justice agency, military, or private sector.

  • Applicants and certificate holders must adhere to the IALEIA standards for ethics and professional conduct.

Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

  • Analytic techniques and methods
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Crime indicators
  • Crime pattern analysis
  • Inference development
  • Information management – classifications, collation
  • Information sharing
  • Information sources
  • Intelligence cycle/process
  • Intelligence-led policing
  • Intelligence product development
  • Legal, privacy, ethics issues
  • Logic
  • Recommendation development
  • Structured analytic techniques
  • Strategic analysis
  • Tactical analysis

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification requires maintaining membership and paying annual IALEIA dues, demonstrated continued development of analytic skills and advancement of professional competency, documentation of a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education hours/credits earned per year, and additional recertification activities.

Additional recertification activities include accomplishing at least three of the following:

    • 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.
    • Developed a training segment of at least two hours on intelligence or analysis.
    • Presented a training segment of at least two hours on intelligence or analysis which was developed by someone else.
    • Participated in providing advanced training of sixteen (16) hours or more by a recognized provider or agency.
    • Documentation or submission of an analytical technique to the IALEIA Journal of Intelligence or other academic, peer-reviewed publication.
    • Nominated for, or awarded, an IALEIA professional award.
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • Served as an officer or committee chair in an intelligence organization.
    • Participated as an active FIAT instructor in a regularly-scheduled FIAT class.