DEF40217 Certificate IV in Intelligence Operations

About this Qualification

This qualification is suitable for practitioners in intelligence operations, government investigations or agency security advisors, including personnel working in operational roles and undertaking or leading intelligence operations in a government or similar environment.

Australian Forensic Services is the only RTO providing training/assessments in this qualification.

Participants learn the skills and knowledge required to plan, initiate, lead and finalise intelligence operations in context to their workplace.


Units of Competency

Core Units

  • DEFINT001 Supervise intelligence operations
  • DEFINT002 Plan and lead a counter-surveillance operation
  • DEFGEN007 Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment
  • PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information
  • PUACOM007B Liaise with other organisations
  • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents

Elective Units

  • BSBWHS311 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation
  • PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation
  • PSPINV004 Conduct an investigation
  • DEFGEN003 Lead a team
  • PSPGEN138 Organise workplace information
  • BSBPMG428 Apply project life cycle management processes
  • BSBPMG430 Undertake project work

Course Information

Course Code


Max time allocated: 2 years
Average completion: 8 months


This course is delivered by blended learning, which can include face-to-face in-person sessions, virtual classroom learning and self-paced online modules. The duration of this course will depend on your level of RPL, subject knowledge and study style.


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