Training Series FAQ

Below are the most commonly-asked questions regarding the IACA’s Professional Training Series. If after reviewing this FAQ you have other questions about the IACA’s training classes, please contact us.

What classes does the IACA Training Series offer?

The IACA Training Series currently consists of a mix of in-person courses, 12-week online classes, and webinars. In-person classes include: Foundations of Crime Analysis, Tactical Crime Analysis, Computer Applications, Microsoft Access for Crime Analysis, Crime Mapping & Analysis, and Problem Analysis. There are four 12-week online classes: Fundamentals of Crime Analysis, Criminal Investigative Analysis, and Essential Skills I & II.  All of these classes were developed by crime analysts who have significant experience with the subject matter and training and currently work in the field of crime analysis. Each class is a mixture of lecture, hands-on exercises and a final project. Webinars are 60-90 sessions, lecture style, held online that cover a variety of topics.

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How can I find the IACA Training Series class schedule for this year?

Refer to the IACA Training Series page for a list of all IACA Training Series classes, their dates and locations. By clicking in the link for each class, you can read the course description along with information on the location, instructor and course materials. You can also find out how many seats are left in each class.

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How can I register for an IACA Training Series course?

Students can register for an IACA Training Series class by visiting the Training Series page. All registrations are handled online and payments can be made using a credit card or check.

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How are the IACA classes structured?

Instructors lecture, conduct hands-on practical exercises and then oversee the students’ final projects. Students use data/examples provided by the instructor, and in some classes, students may be encouraged to use their own data or agency specific examples. For each class students receive work books that contain lecture notes, exercises and resources on the subject matter.

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How much does an IACA Training Series class cost?

IACA member rates are $395 per student, per class and non-IACA member rates are $445 per student, per class. These costs cover instructor salaries and travel fees as well as course workbooks and shipping fees.

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When do I have to pay for the class and what if I have to cancel my registration?

Payments for IACA classes must be received 10 business days prior to the first day of class. Student cancellations/withdrawals from class must be received by the Training Series Coordinator via email 15 business days prior to the first day of class.

Training substitutions can be made of another student from the same agency, but written notification must be made to the Training Coordinator via email. If a cancellation or withdrawal occurs within the 15 day period, class tuition will not be refunded to a student/agency and cannot be applied to future IACA classes. Exceptions to this cancellation policy can only be made by the Training Series Coordinator on a case by case basis.

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How were the IACA Training Series courses developed?

The core IACA Training Series courses were developed in conjunction with the IACA certification process. The Certification Committee developed specific skill set areas to test analysts through the certification process. The IACA Training Series committee took these skill sets and created five core course outlines to address these specific topics. Curriculum developers were then selected based upon their crime analysis experience, specific skill knowledge and their teaching/curriculum development experience. These curriculums were developed so that, regardless of the instructor, students will receive the same skill set instruction to prepare for the certification exam.

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Will the five classes prepare me to take the IACA certification exam?

Yes, all five IACA classes will prepare students to take the IACA certification exam. Each of the five classes cover specific skill sets tested during the certification exam. Please note students who take all five IACA training series classes will not automatically be qualified to take the certification exam. In order to take the test, students must complete the certification application and meet a minimum number of points, based on work experience, education and other factors. Please visit the IACA Certification page for more information on this process.

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What are the requirements to host an IACA Training Series class?

Host agencies/associations must provide either a computer lab (for Tactical Crime Analysis, Computer Applications, and Crime Mapping) or a lecture/meeting room (for Fundamentals and Problem Analysis) for each class. Computer labs must have a minimum of 14 computers (not counting the instructor computer) and lecture/meetings rooms must seat 20 students comfortably.

Computer-based courses held in a computer lab have specific software requirements. If an agency decides to host a Tactical Crime Analysis class or Computer Applications class, the computer lab must be equipped with Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2007. To host a Crime Mapping class, the computer lab must be equipped with ESRI’s ArcGIS 10 and the Spatial Analyst extension for each student.

Training Classrooms/computer labs must be equipped with a laptop computer and projector for the instructor. The room must also have a dry erase board, Smartboard or flip charts for use by the instructor. The training facility must have ample parking and must be located near hotels and dining.

In order to host a class, the host agencies/associations must have 12 paid students registered for the class 15 business days prior to the first day of the class. If an agency has not met this minimum, the class may be cancelled. For every 9 paid students in the class, the host agency/association will receive one free seat in the class. If a host agency has 18 paid students registered for the class, the host agency will receive 2 free seats.

The IACA will not open up classes to more than 20 students. If the host agency/association requests a larger class size, an additional cost for a class/lab assistant will be assessed.

If you would like to host a class, please fill out this form and a member of the Training Committee will be in touch.

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Which classes are held in a computer lab?

Tactical Crime Analysis, Computer Applications and Crime Mapping are taught in a computer lab. Although Fundamentals of Crime Analysis and Problem Analysis are lecture courses, students are encouraged to bring laptops to access the internet, Microsoft Word and other applications that apply to the course materials.

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Why should my local crime analysis association host an IACA Training Series class?
The benefit of a regional association hosting the IACA Training Series classes is twofold. First, crime analysts from agencies with little or no training budget can attend local, quality crime analysis training. Second, the local crime analysis association builds a partnership with the IACA and establishes a relationship for future training, lectures or conferences. In addition, local associations that host IACA Training Series classes split the class profit with the IACA. Several local associations have made $1,000+ for their association by hosting IACA classes. Lastly, local associations can offer their free seat(s) to local association members who may not have a training budget.

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Will the IACA develop additional classes in the future?

Yes! The IACA is constantly reviewing it’s course offerings. If there are topics you are interested in seeing developed into Specialty Topic Classes please contact us with your ideas.

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How can I become an IACA Training Series instructor?

Learn more about the requirements to become an instructor and download the application packet here: IACA Instructor Application Program 2019.

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