Professional Training Series Course Descriptions

The classes below are currently offerered by the IACA:

Exploring Crime Analysis: Essential Skills II


In this 12-week online course, students will work through the second ten chapters of the IACA book entitled"Exploring Crime Analysis". The topics covered in this class include a temporal analysis, demographic analysis, inferential statistics, crime mapping, analytical charting, effective crime analysis writing, crime analysis publications, giving effective presentations and working the web (internet and intranet technology). 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: Temporal Analysis, Demographic Analysis, Inferential Statistics, Crime Mapping, AnalyticalCharting, Effective Crime Analysis Writing, Crime Analysis Publications, Giving Effective Presentations and Working the Web (Internet and IntranetTechnology).

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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.