“A disturbing trend has developed in which foreign intelligence services, non-state actors, and criminals are using intelligence collection techniques against American companies to steal valuable trade secrets and assets… According to the FBI, the cost to U.S. industry is tens of billions of dollars each year.”
  - Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive

Organizations are under attack from increasingly complex threats to their environments. Adversaries employ sophisticated attack strategies including cyber, physical, human and technology, often using a combination of these tactics. Experienced threat intelligence professionals employ holistic strategies, skills and techniques to proactively mitigate risk and ultimately eliminate surprise. Recognition of these valuable skills help excel your career as a threat intelligence professional.

Center for Threat Intelligence’s Certified Threat Intelligence Professional (CTIP) Certification identifies highly skilled intelligence professionals that can bring together cyber, physical, human, and technical pillars of threat intelligence into a comprehensive and integrated strategy. The certification program was developed in collaboration with highly experienced intelligence experts with military, federal and corporate intelligence backgrounds in order to provide a vehicle to demonstrate valued experience and skills.

We are honored to be an education and training provider for the Department of Homeland Security's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework), published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in NIST Special Publication 800-181.

Why become a Certified Threat Intelligence Professional (CTIP)?
Certified Threat Intelligence Professional program benefits you by:
  • Recognizing your current knowledge: The certification identifies your years of unique experience and training to showcase your expertise. 
  • Enhancing your career: This certification demonstrates the necessary knowledge to enhance or start a career as a threat intelligence specialist and enhance your current skills into a holistic approach.  This may assist in current and future employment opportunities. 
  • Expanding your skills and knowledge: Take on added responsibilities and gain additional respect and opportunities from clients, peers and employers.
  • Becoming a part of a unique and highly respected intelligence community.
  • Providing Opportunities to Meet Intelligence Experts- they are your instructors:  Our instructors have years of threat intelligence experience in military, federal agencies and corporate environments.  They have faced the challenges and have developed insight, tactics and strategies to address them.  They understand the skills need to do the job; this ensures the content prepares you for what is needed in the market.

Who should get certified?
  • Security and Intelligence Professionals: Enhance skills to understand adversarial focus, apply threat intelligence practices to current and future roles, understand how critical thinking enhances analysis, improve structured analytic techniques and sensemaking skills.
  • Attorneys: Establish knowledge and understanding of how threat intelligence can enhance legal activities, such as investigation and your clients.
  • Managers and Executives: Understand threat environments to prioritize and address risk. Helps communication with threat intelligence analysts to ensure communication is open and effective when communicating needs.
  • Risk, Compliance and Human Resource Professionals: Understand and prioritize insider threats and enhance knowledge of potential risks before they happen.
  • Federal Agents and Law Enforcement: Master threat intelligence techniques for advanced investigations improving job skills.
  • Students: Start a career as a Certified Threat Intelligence Professional.

Certification Levels
Certified Threat Intelligence Professional (CTIP)
Minimum five years of threat intelligence experience
Pass CTIP Certification Examination
Agree to Certification Code of Professional Conduct

Associate Certified Threat Intelligence Professional (ACTIP)
Less than five years of threat intelligence experience
Pass CTIP Certification Examination
Agree to Certification Code of Professional Conduct

Eligibility Criteria
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all testing and training will be online until further notice.  
Thank you for your patience and support. 

In order to be eligible for the CTIP examination, an individual must: 
  1. Pay the Application Fee for the Examination or Retake Fee. All fees are non-refundable.
  2. Provide Required Documentation for Certification (see below)
  3. Agree to Center for Threat Intelligence's Certification Code of Professional Conduct
Once application is paid, you will send your intelligence experience to “info@centerforti.com”. Our team will review your application and experience and get back to you within 2 weeks. The test is not sent to you within the application process. Upon acceptance of your application, we will notify you of the proctoring process to take the test. You will receive a pass or fail score. The test will not be returned to participants for review. Upon passing, Center for Threat Intelligence will send you your CTIP Certification Certificate.

Required Documentation for Certification
Candidates must provide a curriculum vitae (CV) or detailed resume that documents intelligence experience, and additional supporting documentation to identify work and skills in the intelligence area.

Examples of supporting documentation may include letters of verification of professional duties from employers or professional peers, or other materials which validate the candidate’s experience.

Threat Intelligence Experience 
Center for Threat Intelligence experience criteria is focused on individuals who understand the importance of a holistic approach to threat intelligence and have used their knowledge, training and experience to address these challenges. Our goal with this certification is to ensure a mastery and understanding of threat intelligence strategies, tactics, techniques and processes, combined with experience in the field of threat intelligence.

Experience includes, but is not limited to these categories:
  • Threat intelligence analyst in an organization or company
  • Military experience as an intelligence analyst
  • Federal agency or law enforcement as an intelligence analyst
All candidates are required to pay the $495.00 application fee to take the test. This fee includes one examination.
Retake fees: $100.00

Please review all the eligibility requirements before applying and paying the application fee.
All Fees are non-refundable.

Please note, the Application fee is only for the CTIP examination, training courses may be purchased separately. 


Certification Code of Professional Conduct
Center for Threat Intelligence (CTI) expects our certified members to adhere to and maintain the highest ethical and professional standards. To that end, CTI has professional standards that eligible candidates and current certified members must agree to as part of the certification criteria.

Certified and Associate Threat Intelligence Professionals applicants for certification must adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct, agreeing to:
  • Respect the Law and comply with all laws and regulations. Perform professional duties in accordance with the law and the highest moral and ethical principles.
  • Adhere to conduct of truthfulness, honesty, and integrity
  • Perform professional duties maintaining the highest standards of competence and knowledge
  • Respect and safeguard confidential and privileged information and exercise due care to prevent its improper and/or accidental disclosure
  • Respect the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employees
  • Agree to abide by the Certification Code of Professional Conduct
Examination Details
The test is 100 questions. Applicants will have 2-hours to complete the examination in a proctored setting. Test questions are based on Center for Threat Intelligence training and suggested reading. A score of 70% of correct answers is considered a passing score. You will receive a pass or fail score. The test will not be returned to participants for review.

Recommended Training from Center for Threat Intelligence
  • Threat Intelligence Fundamentals
  • Mindset and Bias
  • Critical, Analytic and Creative Thinking
  • Fundamentals of Analysis
  • Developing Warning Intelligence
  • Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Sensemaking
Recommended Reading
  • Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis, Second Edition, by Richards J. Heuer Jr. and Randolph H. Person
  • Sensemaking A Structure for an Intelligence Revolution, David T. Moore, National Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC, March 2011
  • Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy: Mark M Lowenthal