DEF40217 Certificate IV in Intelligence Operations

About this Qualification

This qualification allows for the attainment of competencies in Defence intelligence operations including personnel working in operational roles, and undertaking and leading intelligence operations in a Defence or similar government 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.


AFS will only be offering training in this qualification to groups employed by the Department of Defence, the Australian Border Force, the Attorney General’s Department, State/Territory law enforcement agencies and similar bodies. 

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

  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation
  • PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation
  • PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • PSPSEC006 Implement security risk treatments
  • PSPSEC007 Develop and advise on government security procedures
  • PSPSEC012 Develop security risk management plans


Course Information

Course Code

Based on student numbers and contextulisation to workplace framework requirements.

Max time allocated: 2 years
Average completion: 8 months

Blend of self-paced online learning complementing an intense five-day scenario-based workshop.

Conducted by contracted arrangement.

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