Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)


Credential: Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)
Credentialing Agency: Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards. IFPC candidates must meet minimum eligibility requirements and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))

5000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC  20301-5000

Phone: 571-305-5268

Email: osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifps-pmo@mail.mil

Category 1:

Candidate must be a Military or Civilian person currently employed by the DoD (waivers can be provided to personnel currently employed by a federal, state, tribal, or local government entity supporting DoD-recognized intelligence missions).

Category 2:

Candidate must be enrolled and/or employed in the last six months at a U.S.-based, regionally accredited, post-secondary academic institution with a formal relationship with the DoD (i.e., institutions participating in the DoD Voluntary Education MoU program).

Category 3:

Candidate must be employed by an organization eligible to pursue contracts with the U.S. Intelligence Community (i.e., organizations that hold a CAGE code). Note: This includes individuals currently working on a contract with a  Component of the DIE.

The IFPC Eligibility Policy was approved by the CGC on 23 May 2017.

The Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must hold U.S. Citizenship.

Written Exam

  • What is Intelligence? (19%)
    • Concepts, principles, history, and processes of intelligence
    • Role, responsibilities, and definition of intelligence
    • Categories of intelligence products
  • What are the intelligence disciplines? (15%)
    • Characteristics of intelligence disciplines (i.e., counterintelligence (CI), human intelligence (HUMINT), geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), open-source intelligence (OSINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and technical intelligence (TECHINT))
    • Cueing, tipping, corroborating relationships amongst INTs
  • Who is involved in intelligence? (9%)
    • Roles and Responsibilities for Intelligence Community members
    • Roles and responsibilities at strategic, operational, and tactical level
  • Why does intelligence require oversight? (12%)
    • Intelligence oversight concepts and principles
    • Considerations regarding collection on US persons
    • Intelligence Oversight program framework
    • Intelligence Oversight roles and responsibilities
    • Laws and policies that govern oversight of intelligence activities
  • How is intelligence conducted? (9%)
    • Purpose and function of each phase of the intelligence process
    • Roles and responsibilities of individuals who execute the intelligence process
  • How are classified and controlled materials protected? (16%)
    • Roles and responsibilities for security and intelligence professionals
    • Handling, marking, storing, transporting, and/or destroying classified or otherwise controlled materials
    • Security clearance concepts (e.g., reporting foreign contacts, financial changes)
    • Reporting security incidents and violations
    • Foreign intelligence service threat
  • How are classified and controlled materials shared? (10%)
    • Interagency and multinational intelligence sharing
    • Requirements and standards for intelligence sharing and cooperation
  • How do my actions affect my status as an intelligence professional? (10%)
    • Safe versus unsafe search and data capture
    • Online vulnerabilities
    • Behaviors that could lead to clearance revocation or denial
    • Insider Threat behavioral indicators
    • Insider Threat reporting requirements

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) credential has the following recertification information:

The IFPC credential is conferred for a three-year period, and will expire unless certificants meet one of the following options for maintaining their certification:

  1. IFPC certificants may choose to re-take the IFPC examination. Certificants who re-take the IFPC examination and pass are deemed to have renewed their certification, at which point their credential is automatically extended another three years.
  2. IFPC certificants may choose to obtain a USD(I)-conferred or -recognized intelligence tradecraft certification. IFPC certificants who meet all the requirements of a USD(I)- conferred or -recognized intelligence tradecraft certification are deemed to have renewed their IFPC credential on the date the secondary certification is conferred.

The IFPC credential is maintained as long as the certificant continues to maintain the USD(I)-conferred or recognized intelligence tradecraft certification. IFPC certificants must submit a copy of their USD(I)-conferred or recognized tradecraft certification (with conferral and expiration date clearly visible) to the CPMO as evidence; all submissions should be sent to osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifpc-pmo@mail.mil

IFPC candidates should contact the CPMO at osd.pentagon.ousd-intel.mbx.ifpc-pmo@mail.mil for information.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

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High

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Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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