Training


Our Training


Many i2 users worldwide don’t make the most of the products they have purchased. That’s why VA continues to develop and deliver training courses to help all levels of users – basic to advanced – maximise the analytical output from i2.

If your team is too busy to attend a training course, we have an online training catalogue to provide i2 skills on a self-paced, modern and sophisticated training platform. Our course catalogue is updated with each new version of i2, so you can be sure you’re not just getting the best training, it’s the most up to date too.

VA is also a leading provider of intelligence, investigative and analytical skills training, including the Anacapa intelligence analysis training system. Our training is a proven method of increasing effectiveness and operational efficiency.

Our courses include:

  • Basic, intermediate and advanced training modules for the IBM i2 suite, including short courses to demonstrate changes with each new version of the product.
  • Analytical and investigative techniques, including Anacapa intelligence analysis.
  • Advanced analytical tradecraft based on the skills and experiences of our former intelligence professionals.
  • Intelligence and investigative tradecraft, including body language, detecting deception, situational awareness, interviewing skills and other human and behavioural topics.

For more information, contact our team on info@va-worldwide.com.

Our Courses


Anacapa Sciences

Analytical Investigation Methods (AIM)
This five day course is targeted at analysts and investigators who require knowledge in the essential analytical techniques to investigate complex criminal activity. New and experienced analysts and investigators will benefit from the course. This course is articulated with Queensland University of Technology – however if combined with the Anacapa Sciences – Financial Investigation Methods (FMA) qualifies for articulation with Charles Sturt University.

Criminal Intelligence Analysis (CIA)
The ten day course is targeted at dedicated analysts and investigators fulfilling an intelligence role within their organisation. The course provides those essential practical skills and knowledge required in the effective analysis of information relative to complex criminal activity. New and experienced analysts alike will benefit. The course covers the content of the Anacapa Sciences – Analytical Investigation Methods (AIM) combined with modules in Statistical Analysis and Psychology of Analysis. The course is articulated with Charles Sturt University, and Queensland University of Technology.

Finance Manipulation Analysis (FMA)
This five day course is for investigators and analysts who despite not being accountants are required to analyse complex financial manipulations designed to disguise money gained from illegal activities. The techniques focus on practical skills in order to discover, understand and communicate activities involving financial manipulation. The course examines the typical subversion of business structures, financial systems, and other methods to facilitate money laundering, counter terrorist funding and fraud matters. This course if combined with the Anacapa Sciences – Analytical Investigation Methods (AIM) qualifies for the articulation with Charles Sturt University, and Queensland University of Technology.

Intelligence Analysis (IA)
This ten day course is for dedicated analysts and investigators with a primary role in intelligence within their organisation. The course combines the subject material of the Anacapa Sciences – Analytical Investigation Methods (AIM) and the Anacapa Sciences – Financial Investigation Methods (FMA), as well as Statistical Analysis, Intelligence Report Writing and Critical Thinking. New and Experienced Analysts will benefit from this comprehensive course. The course is articulated with Charles Sturt University, and Queensland University of Technology.

Analyst's Notebook

Introductory Skills
This two day course introduces and explains the concepts used within the Analyst’s Notebook. Core elements such as Association Charting, Timeline Charting, Searching, Analysis and Importing are taught using exercises based on true-to-life networks and activity. This course is ideal for absolute beginners through as well as self-taught users looking to brush up on their skills.

Intermediate Skills
This two-day course expands upon the skills taught in the Introductory Skills course. It teaches users how to create hybrid Association & Timeline Charts, Conditional Formatting, Complex Searching, Analytical Tools, Creating Templates and Complex Importing & Analysis. This course is ideal for analysts looking use Analyst’s Notebook at the next level, changing the way the program works to fit with their work and importing and analysing large and complex data sets.

Advanced Skills
This three day course builds on the skills learnt in the Introductory and Intermediate Skills courses. This course is recommended for Analysts who want to use Analyst’s Notebook to its utmost. This course provides skills in advanced manual charting, using Analyst’s Notebook in briefing presentations, importing using data transformations, advanced analytical functions including network connections, cluster analysis and social network analysis, and advanced telephone call analysis.

Upgrade Course
This one-day course is for users of Analyst’s Notebook 8 who are upgrading to Analyst’s Notebook 9. It introduces and explains the updated Version 9 interface, including the new Ribbon tool bars. The course also introduces some of the new features including Find Connecting Network, the Grouped Theme Line layout and Copy to New Chart. A must for any experienced Version 8 user looking to update their skills.

iBase

User
This 2½ day iBase User course teaches how IBM i2 iBase is structured and how to navigate to various functions in iBase. Learn how to Find, View, Edit and Delete Entities and Links in iBase as well as search across multiple entities using the various search functions. The course also provides skills in charting iBase entities in Analyst’s Notebook, create and run structured queries, using Scored Matching to identify likely suspects, send entities to Geo Spatial programs, create and run iBase Reports and create Alerts. The course also teaches students how to create and run imports and exports of data to maximise the speed at which iBase can ingest data for analysis.

Designer
This 2 ½ day iBase Designer course teaches participants how to create an iBase database using iBase Designer. Over the two and a half days,  participants will be learn how to create a database model, use such a model to create entities, links, fields, pick lists and attributes for an iBase database. Users will then be shown how to maximise the user-friendliness of the database be creating labelling schemes, datasheets and search indices. Users will also be shown how to ensure iBase works seamlessly with other programs such as Analyst’s Notebook and GIS software by creating Charting Templates, Charting Schemes and GIS Schemes. And finally, users will be taught how to use iBase security framework to ensure the safe and secure operation of the database. This course is recommended for anyone who will be building or administering an iBase database.

Advanced Importing
This two day course will teach participants various methods of cleansing data using the different Field Actions within iBase Import. This course is  aimed at administrators or those who are required to do a lot of importing and data cleansing in order to reduce the amount of duplicated data or incorrect linkage during imports into iBase.

Intelligence Training

Analytical Tools and Techniques
With practical skills for analysts and investigators to interpret and assess information, this course provides enhanced capabilities for all levels of experience. Our VA-created tools and techniques address national security, law enforcement, military and intelligence cases. Our trainers are ex-intelligence, law enforcement or military officers, who have spent time learning content from the leading academic and investigative sources in the world. Our content is researched, tested and constantly updated to provide cutting-edge techniques. We cover the theory our participants need, but in an applied, exercise-driven way, Our content was created by VA’s CEO, Shane Britten. Internationally recognised as an intelligence and counter-terrorism expert, Shane has built this program through work with intelligence agencies and guided by his extensive research and collaboration with leading agencies worldwide. Shane’s work has been recognised by his appointment as an Honorary Fellow and Curriculum Advisor of Macquarie University, including advising the content of the Masters of Intelligence and Masters of Counter-Terrorism programs.

Advanced Analytical Tools and Techniques
If your team has mastered the VA Analytical Tools and Techniques program, this mastery program will provide advanced capability designed to deal with larger volumes of information, more diverse cases and the complex investigations analysts and investigators encounter. During the course, we challenge participants to understand, prioritise and drive investigations on more than 100 cases, replicating a high-pressure, time intensive work environment. Even the most experienced investigator can benefit from the advanced techniques we will demonstrate and apply to real-world, highly applicable terrorism, crime and fraud cases. Our content was created by VA’s CEO, Shane Britten. Internationally recognised as an intelligence and counter-terrorism expert, Shane has built this program through work with intelligence agencies and guided by his extensive research and collaboration with leading
agencies worldwide. Shane’s work has been recognised by his appointment as an Honorary Fellow and Curriculum Advisor of Macquarie University, including advising the content of the Masters of Intelligence and Masters of Counter-Terrorism programs.

Intelligence Interviewing
One of the most fundamental skills for intelligence officers is to collect information during interviews using rapport, elicitation and clear questioning techniques. An intelligence interview is very different from a law enforcement or military interview. Our course provides the key skills required for new intelligence officers, enhancing the capability of existing officers, or assisting law enforcement agencies conduct intelligence interviews. We challenge our participants to understand their natural style, to tailor their approach to meet the interview requirements and to build their skills for higher success rates.
With a heavy focus on rapport techniques and information elicitation, the outcomes of this course are vital for the conduct of successful intelligence interviews. The expert VA team has conducted thousands of intelligence interviews on six continents, including in combat and high-threat scenarios. We have not just built the practical and applied intelligence interviewing skills, we have the training capability to pass those skills on to our clients. Our content was designed and refined by intelligence experts with a proven record of successful interviews, with this course designed to build those skills in a time
effective way.

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Social Media
Open source information is a vital component of modern intelligence, law enforcement and fraud investigations. Together with the ubiquitous nature of social media, the volume and variable quality of this information can be overwhelming for analysts and investigators – for instance, every second there are more than 6,000 tweets posted, over 40,000 Google searches, 2.4 million emails sent. Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users. The expert VA team has successfully helped our clients navigate the uncertainty of the internet-connected world, finding the information they require and filtering reliable and timely reports from the enormous volume of incorrect information. Our content was designed by open source research experts who have achieved results on major counter-terrorism and national security investigations in Australia. Together with our high-level academic links and connections to leading agencies worldwide, we have created a course specifically tailored to boost the capability and security of our clients online. The course includes training in the use of the latest social media exploitation tools.