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Trace Labs OSINT Foundations Course

Provided by OSINT Combine to support the Trace Labs missing persons investigations & CTF

Become ready to conduct missing persons investigations with Trace Labs

Our Trace Labs OSINT Foundations Course is simply the best way to start your OSINT learning journey & prepare yourself for the Trace Labs OSINT Search Party CTF. Provided through an online self-paced, on-demand training course aimed at Trace Labs OSINT Search Party CTF participants, we teach you the most important fundamentals to collect & analyse publicly avaiable information in support of the missing persons CTF.

Our course was designed in collaboration with Trace Labs for people looking to build a foundation in the world of open source intelligence. The primary objective is to enhance the leads & outcomes related to missing persons investigations through the Trace Labs mission.

For continued knowledge & truly advanced OSINT skills development, checkout our Advanced Open Source Intelligence course on the courses page.

Checkout our curriculum below for all the amazing things you will learn throughout this course, all designed around a structured format that you will be able take away & apply to the CTF


Course Curriculum


  Welcome & Learning Approach
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  Social Network Analysis
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  Course Conclusion
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What do our students say?

"OSINT Combine Trace Lab Foundation course provides a solid foundation for OSINT techniques and resources available to professions interested in expanding their toolbox. Having entered the course with an interest in OSINT but little knowledge of the specific, I exit the course with a strong understanding of the foundations and resources available. I strongly recommend this course. Thank you Chris Poulter for sharing your expertise and providing excellent resources for future reference." - August 2020

"I just finished this Trace Labs OSINT Foundations training on OSINT Combine by Chris Poulter. It was an excellent course that touched upon several aspects of OSINT, including different analysis techniques, advanced google searching, reporting methods, people search engine, reverse image searching, username correlation, and cross-platform social network analysis." - July 2020

Your Instructor


Chris Poulter
Chris Poulter

Chris has extensive experience working in military and law enforcement environments with a proven background in delivering open source intelligence training to multi-national teams that service strategic, operational and tactical objectives. He understands the nexus between physical and digital operating environments which positions him as a leader in delivering world class OSINT training.


As the Founder & CEO of OSINT Combine, Chris has a proven history of providing top quality & leading edge open source intelligence techniques across the globe & enjoys sharing that knowledge through effective training programs.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
3 months of access. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 4 months - across any and all devices you own, along with all the regular updates to content
What if I have questions during my self-paced learning?
We want to give you the knowledge you paid for. We will happily answer any questions you have about the content & techniques as best we can.
Do I need any pre-existing skills or knowledge before starting this course?
Nope! - we take you from the very start and all the way through to building an advanced foundation in the world of open source intelligence
Are there quizzes throughout the course?
Absolutely. We want you to feel comfortable that the knowledge sunk in so we have created quizzes for each module.
What about completion certificates?
You bet! - you will receive a certificate of completion with a serial number once you have finished the course