Professional Training Series Course Descriptions

The classes below are currently offerered by the IACA:

Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills I


In this 12-week online course, students will work through the first ten chapters of the IACA book entitled "Exploring Crime Analysis". The topics covered in this class include an overview of the fundamentals of crime analysis, understanding the criminal justice system, understanding criminal behavior, the foundations of critical thinking, applied research in crime analysis and problem solving, data integrity, qualitative analysis, interpreting crime data and statistics, descriptive and multivariate statistics, and spreadsheets. The lessons will cover concepts, techniques, theories and skills most useful to crime analysts.

Students successfully completing this pass/fail class will develop and/or enhance their skills toolbox. Though this class is not self-paced, students in the class do not meet live at any given time. Rather, assignments, discussion questions/board, a self-grading quiz, PowerPoints, lecture notes, etc. are provided each week covering a given chapter. Students then have a full week to read the weekly course materials, respond on the discussion board, take the quiz, review other materials, links and articles provided, and to submit a weekly assignment. NOTE: This class will be of great interest and specifically benefit those preparing to test for IACA Certification.

Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a pass grade.

Essential Skills I and II are independent of each other so can be taken in any order.

Textbook: Exploring Crime Analysis: Readings on Essential Skills. 2nd Edition (2008) ISBN: 1-4392-2042-5, 978-1-4392-2042-9

(Students will need to purchase prior to course start date. See for more info)

Certification Skills: Fundamentals of Crime Analysis, Interpreting Crime Statistics, Critical Thinking, Criminal Behavior, Data Integrity, Research Methods, Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Qualitative Analysis.

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About the Professional Training Series

Each class offered by the IACA is designed to provide a solid foundation in key skills needed to be a successful analyst.