National Credential
Credential: Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)
Credentialing Agency: Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))

The Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards. IFPC candidates must meet minimum eligibility requirements and pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

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 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35G Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some          
Enlisted 35M Human Intelligence Collector MOS some          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS some          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35X Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35Y Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35Z Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief MOS some          
Enlisted J8 National OPELINT Analyst ASI some          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI some          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI other          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI most          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI some          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI some          
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 350F All Source Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 350G GEOINT Imagery Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351M Human Intelligence Collection Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 352N Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 353T Intelligence Systems Integration and Maintenance Technician WOMOS some        

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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.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

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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Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

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
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))
5000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC  20301-5000
Phone: 571-305-5268
Email: osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifps-pmo@mail.mil

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

Category 1: Candidate must be a Military or Civilian person currently employed by the DoD (waivers can be provided to personnel currently employed by a federal, state, tribal, or local government entity supporting DoD-recognized intelligence missions).

Category 2: Candidate must be enrolled and/or employed in the last six months at a U.S.-based, regionally accredited, post-secondary academic institution with a formal relationship with the DoD (i.e., institutions participating in the DoD Voluntary Education MoU program).

Category 3: Candidate must be employed by an organization eligible to pursue contracts with the U.S. Intelligence Community (i.e., organizations that hold a CAGE code). Note: This includes individuals currently working on a contract with a  Component of the DIE.

The IFPC Eligibility Policy was approved by the CGC on 23 May 2017.

The Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must hold U.S. Citizenship.

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

  • What is Intelligence? (19%)
    • Concepts, principles, history, and processes of intelligence
    • Role, responsibilities, and definition of intelligence
    • Categories of intelligence products
  • What are the intelligence disciplines? (15%)
    • Characteristics of intelligence disciplines (i.e., counterintelligence (CI), human intelligence (HUMINT), geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), open-source intelligence (OSINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and technical intelligence (TECHINT))
    • Cueing, tipping, corroborating relationships amongst INTs
  • Who is involved in intelligence? (9%)
    • Roles and Responsibilities for Intelligence Community members
    • Roles and responsibilities at strategic, operational, and tactical level
  • Why does intelligence require oversight? (12%)
    • Intelligence oversight concepts and principles
    • Considerations regarding collection on US persons
    • Intelligence Oversight program framework
    • Intelligence Oversight roles and responsibilities
    • Laws and policies that govern oversight of intelligence activities
  • How is intelligence conducted? (9%)
    • Purpose and function of each phase of the intelligence process
    • Roles and responsibilities of individuals who execute the intelligence process
  • How are classified and controlled materials protected? (16%)
    • Roles and responsibilities for security and intelligence professionals
    • Handling, marking, storing, transporting, and/or destroying classified or otherwise controlled materials
    • Security clearance concepts (e.g., reporting foreign contacts, financial changes)
    • Reporting security incidents and violations
    • Foreign intelligence service threat
  • How are classified and controlled materials shared? (10%)
    • Interagency and multinational intelligence sharing
    • Requirements and standards for intelligence sharing and cooperation
  • How do my actions affect my status as an intelligence professional? (10%)
    • Safe versus unsafe search and data capture
    • Online vulnerabilities
    • Behaviors that could lead to clearance revocation or denial
    • Insider Threat behavioral indicators
    • Insider Threat reporting requirements

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) 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.

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The IFPC credential is conferred for a three-year period, and will expire unless certificants meet one of the following options for maintaining their certification:

    1. IFPC certificants may choose to re-take the IFPC examination. Certificants who re-take the IFPC examination and pass are deemed to have renewed their certification, at which point their credential is automatically extended another three years.
    2. IFPC certificants may choose to obtain a USD(I)-conferred or -recognized intelligence tradecraft certification. IFPC certificants who meet all the requirements of a USD(I)- conferred or -recognized intelligence tradecraft certification are deemed to have renewed their IFPC credential on the date the secondary certification is conferred.

    The IFPC credential is maintained as long as the certificant continues to maintain the USD(I)-conferred or recognized intelligence tradecraft certification. IFPC certificants must submit a copy of their USD(I)-conferred or recognized tradecraft certification (with conferral and expiration date clearly visible) to the CPMO as evidence; all submissions should be sent to osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifpc-pmo@mail.mil

  • IFPC candidates should contact the CPMO at osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifpc-pmo@mail.mil for information.