Crytocurrency Training Academy

We created the Cryptocurrency Training Academy to help Law Enforcement, the Financial Sector and Regulators learn how to bring security and accountability to cryptocurrency.

Ready to learn from the same experts that contribute to the development of our Blockchain-agnostic search and analytics tools and services?

Then our Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course is for you. Sign up or learn more below.

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Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course

  • The world’s first investigator-developed, 8-hour online certification coursefor cryptocurrency investigations.
  • Originally certified for US law enforcement officers, the course has been modified to also address the needs of financial intelligence analysts, investigators & compliance professionals.
  • Students that take all 5 modules and pass the final exam earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator from BIG.

Far more than a simple introduction to bitcoin, this is a certified training solution for law enforcement investigators and compliance professionals that need a solid, in-depth understanding of how to trace, track and monitor cryptocurrency transactions and/or crypto crimes.

“I’ve been training people about this for years now. It’s important that they understand the realities of crypto crime.”

Robert Whitaker, BIG’s Director of Forensics and Investigations Former Supervisory Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations

Designed by Investigators for Investigators

The Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course draws on years of experience from our in-house investigators and Certified Bitcoin Professionals, including:

  • our Director of Forensics and Investigations, Robert Whitaker, who served in law enforcement for 23 years, including as a Supervisory Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • our Director of Financial Institution Strategy, Teresa Anaya, who is ITIL 3 Certified, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, with over 25 years experience focused on fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing investigations

Without these subject matter experts, we could never have created this professionally designed course that’s organized to be easily understood.

Fits Your Schedule & Budget

The Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course consists of 5 fee-based modules that begin with the basics, progress to more advanced topics, and finish with a detailed forensic review of cryptocurrency transactions covering a variety of crypto crimes.

Each individual learning module is approximately 1 to 2 hours long, enabling law enforcement and compliance professionals to take the modules one at a time, and at their own pace.

The 5 modules can be purchased individually or as a bundle at a reduced price, providing a cost-effective and easy solution for clients with limited training budgets.

Fits Your Knowledge Level

The course was developed with the basic investigator in mind, and is beneficial for all law enforcement and financial compliance specialists regardless of experience level.

Students do not need to be a computer forensics expert to understand how to recognize, investigate and successfully prosecute cryptocurrency related crimes.

The Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course modules comprise:

MODULE 1: Introduction to Cryptocurrency: Covers the basics of fiat, virtual and cryptocurrencies and the many different types of cryptocurrency; lays the foundation for law enforcement, financial institutions and financial crimes investigators to gain a firm and vital understanding of what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and how it can be used in both legitimate and illicit activities.

MODULE 2: The Bitcoin Trail: Explores the most dominate cryptocurrency, who invented it, and the reasons why and how it is being used; delves into cryptocurrency mining, common criminal schemes where bitcoin is used, and how Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance professionals and law enforcement investigate related criminal activity using advanced analytical tools.

MODULE 3: The Dark Web: Provides an overview of the part of the internet commonly used by criminals and their criminal enterprises; students learn of additional crimes where cryptocurrency is involved, how criminals use peer to peer exchanges, and little-known real-world investigation tips.

MODULE 4: Cryptocurrency and the Criminal Element: Reveals the criminal element of cryptocurrency and how to identify and track the evidence left behind; students are introduced to insights that are crucial to investigators, such as how dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrencies work together and how they translate into the physical world.

MODULE 5: Blockchain Forensics: Deepens understanding of the intricacies of blockchain technology and explores analytical tools for investigating crypto crimes; students enhance their ability to identify the proper investigative tactics related to crime involving cryptocurrency, and gain understanding of how blockchains work and the pseudo-anonymous nature of cryptocurrency, giving investigators the ability to efficiently and quickly analyze the data to spot illicit activity and/or catch cybercriminals.

Foundational Knowledge & Actionable Insights

We made sure the Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course provides the foundation of knowledge that’s essential to law enforcement and compliance professionals understanding and navigating the new era of cryptocurrency.

But it was also our mission to go beyond pure knowledge by including actionable tips and insights from the field that can be put to immediate use by investigators, including real-life examples of how criminals utilize cryptocurrency to further their illicit activities, and strategies on how to investigate cryptocurrency transactions.

These are the hard-earned lessons that only come from real investigative experience into criminals using cryptocurrencies in illicit ways.

“It’s complete with actionable tips and insights from the field that can be put to immediate use by investigators, including real-life examples of illicit criminal activities, and strategies on how to investigate cryptocurrency transactions.”

Teresa Anaya, Director of Financial Institution Strategy Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified AML Specialist, Certified Bitcoin Professional

How It Helps You Do Your Work

After completing the modules, law enforcement and compliance professionals will be better prepared to identify and investigate illicit activities involving cryptocurrency. In particular, students will be able to:

  • understand the reasoning behind a decentralized currency
  • explain the double-spend problem, 51% attacks and how to buy and use bitcoin
  • reference case studies
  • identify cryptocurrency evidence
  • explain how the criminal element utilizes cryptocurrency
  • understand how dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrencies work together
  • know how analytic and forensic tools enable investigators to follow the
    virtual-money trail

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