Cryptocurrency 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. Learn more below.

We also provide custom training for compliance departments, law enforcement staff, regulators and more. Contact us directly for special pricing at training@blockchaingroup.io.

Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course

  • The world’s first investigator-developed, 8-hour online certification course for cryptocurrency investigations.
  • Originally designed for US law enforcement officers, the course has been modified to also address the needs of financial intelligence analysts, investigators & compliance professionals globally.
  • 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.

Cryptocurrency Training Academy Courses & Modules

Our Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course is your one-stop solution to understanding the world of cryptocurrency, how to reduce your risk associated with that world, and how to investigate crypto crime. Register for the full Course or individual Modules below.

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 support criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Robert Whitaker
Robert Whitaker
DIRECTOR of FORENSICS and INVESTIGATIONS

Robert served in law enforcement for 23 years, including as a Supervisory Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), where he oversaw the program responsible for cryptocurrency investigations, training, equipment, analytical support, and investigative methodologies needed by HSI special agents worldwide. Robert is a Certified Bitcoin Professional.

Teresa Anaya
Teresa Anaya
DIRECTOR of FINANCIAL INSTITUTION STRATEGY

Teresa has over 25 years experience focused on fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing investigations, including for the FDIC after the financial crisis of 2008, and for Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of America and others. As Project Manager at Bank of America, she worked to develop a proprietary Know Your Customer (KYC) suite of applications. Teresa is ITIL 3 Certified, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Bitcoin Professional.

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.

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.

Robert-Whitaker
"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
Testimonials
  • Peter Warrack

    Great course, I highly recommend!

    Peter J. Warrack, CAMS, CBP, CFE, CCI
    Chief Compliance Officer - Bitfinex

  • Mario Duron

    Great course, from the basics to applicable investigative techniques. Can't wait for the Ethereum module to come online

    Mario Duron, CCI
    BSA FCB and AML Analyst - BanescoUSA

  • Stephen Sargeant

    This course provides so much value for any investigator that is just starting in cryptocurrency and is still extremely useful for those that have been in the cryptocurrency field for a long time. The course material touched on subject matter directly related to day to day investigations of suspicious activity, including the Darknet, Bitcoin transaction details and AML typologies. The video tutorials were smooth and made understanding the technical portions a breeze. This course has set the standard for anyone looking to get into the crytpcorrency compliance field.

    Stephen Brent Sargeant, CAMS, CBP, CCI
    Law Enforcement & Anti-Money Laundering Investigations - Bitfinex

  • Matt McGuire

    Core cryptocurrency knowledge is now essential for investigators in financial crime functions. You can’t achieve the required depth and structure of knowledge in a Youtube video or 1-hour seminar. This certificate provides the learner with a solid foundation of cryptocurrency knowledge, and makes it relevant and practical to financial crime investigation – keeping it interesting with great videos of war stories and insights from veteran law enforcement and compliance executives.

    Matt McGuire, MAcc, CPA, CA, CFF, DIFA, CAMS, AMLP, CCI
    AML Advisor & Co-founder The AML Shop

  • Fabian Courtine

    New type of currencies inevitably means new types of risks, BIG’s training provides the necessary basis to start your compliance journey in the field of cryptocurrencies

    Fabian Courtine, CCI
    Compliance Officer, Swiss Bank

  • Aun Maken

    I have completed all 5 modules and found them to be very informative. The content and videos are presented in a very easy to understand manner. I will definitely be recommending it to my colleagues in compliance.

    Aun Maken, CAMS, CFCS, CCI
    Manager, Enhanced Due Diligence Unit at Scotiabank

Robert Whitaker
"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

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator from the Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course have a worldwide geographical jurisdiction?

Yes, the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator credential is valid in any country.

Are there any prerequisites or qualifications for taking the Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course or for earning the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator?

No, there are no prerequisites or qualifications.

Does taking the Cryptocurrency Investigator Certification Course or earning the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator require above average knowledge of computer programming or technicalities?

Not at all. The only technical abilities needed are being able to view and click on webpages.

The website mentions prices for individual modules and for the full-course bundle. Are there any other fees involved, such as for the final test or for acquiring the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator?

No, there are no other fees involved. The prices for individual modules include all the training in those modules and their related tests. The price for purchasing all the modules includes all the module-based tests and the final test. Upon completion of the final test with a passing score, you will have earned the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator. There is no additional fee for the credential.

When I pay online, will I pay the exact price stated on the website for the module(s) or the full-course bundle, or are there other hidden costs or fees involved?

If you live in a region where sales taxes would normally apply to your purchase, then those sales taxes will be added to your purchase total. Otherwise, no other hidden costs or fees are involved.

If I am in the Public Sector or I’m an employee of a Government-based organization, are there discounts available?

There may be discounts available based on the specifics of your situation, especially if bulk purchases would be involved. Please contact us at trainingsupport@blockchaingroup.io with your details.

Will there be a test for each module? Or a final test at the end of all the modules?

Both. There are multiple lessons in each module, and at the end of each lesson there is a short quiz. Then, at the end of each module there is a test. Finally, at the end of all the modules there is a final test, which is the test you need to pass to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

From the date that I purchase the modules, how long do I have to complete and pass the final test to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator?

From when you purchase the modules, you have one year to complete and pass the final test to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

What format of questions are on the final test?

Most of the questions are multiple choice. There are also some true/false questions and a few questions that ask you to match things to other things.

Are the questions on the final test theoretical in nature?

No.

Is there a limit requiring me to complete any of the tests, including the final test, within a certain amount of time or within in one sitting?

No. You can take as much time as you need to complete any of the tests, including the final test. At the same time, from when you purchase the modules, you have one year to complete and pass the final test to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator.

What grade do I have to get on the final test to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator?

To earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, you must get at least 80% on the final test at the end of the final module.

If I fail the final test, can I take it again?

Yes, you can take the final test again as many times as you want. At the same time, to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, you must pass the final test within one year from when you purchase the modules

Is there a limit to the number of times I can take the final test again?

No, you can take the final test again as many times as you want. At the same time, to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, you must pass the final test within one year from when you purchase the modules.

Is there any extra fee for taking the final test again?

No, there are no additional fees to take the final test again. At the same time, to earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, you must pass the final test within one year from when you purchase the modules.

How do you provide the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator certificate: in digital form? as a physical copy?

All students that earn the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator automatically receive a personalized digital form of their certificate. If you would like to receive a physical copy as well, please contact us at trainingsupport@blockchaingroup.io.

After I have passed the final test, how long will it take to receive the digital version of my certificate?

Certificates are emailed Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm GMT – UTC-6.