Intelligence information can be an extremely powerful tool to aid in protecting America. The government uses intelligence to improve and understand the consequences of its national security decisions. Intelligence assists policy decisions, military actions, international negotiations, and interactions with working-level contacts in foreign countries. In some circumstances, it can even aid homeland security providers and first responders.
Intelligence analysts have the task of making sense of world events and legislative developments, identifying potential threats to national security, and providing needed information and analysis to policy makers. They also uncover secrets about potential threats and assess foreign military capabilities. Besides using traditional sources of classified information they must also extract potentially critical knowledge from large quantities of information.
The Intelligence Analyst Certified, IAC® certification program is sponsored by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, co-sponsored by the American Board of Intelligence Analysts (ABIA). ABIA promotes excellence in the study, examination, and assessment of threats, risks, and adversaries in all intelligence sectors. The IAC program is designed to recognize essential intelligence analysis skill sets in those with current IAC certification. These skill sets include performing analysis, interpreting analysis, planning and organizing, conducting research, tapping sources of intelligence, working with technology, and communicating and writing.
The assessment component of the IAC program is a certification exam that follows this outline:
|Content Areas (Domains)||Percentage of Exam|
|Planning and organizing||6%|
|Sources of intelligence||16%|
|Working with technology||14%|
|Communicating and writing||13%|
To maintain IAC certification, those with IAC designation are required to obtain 30 Certification Maintenance Units (CMU) per 3-year recertification cycle.