In the rapidly evolving field of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), acquiring the requisite technical research skills can be achieved through a variety of paths. Many reputable academies offer comprehensive training, and motivated individuals can also attain proficiency on their own. However, the ability to conduct research that adheres to stringent legal and ethical standards is a more nuanced competence, not as easily mastered. This underscores the necessity for a universally recognized certification standard that ensures OSINT practitioners are not only skilled but also operate within legal and ethical boundaries. 

What is Open-Source Certification?

The world of online investigations and open-source intelligence changes fast and covers dozens of jurisdictions and investigative fields around the globe. The OSMOSIS Institute has formed the world’s leading association for Open-Source investigators and has built the Open-Source Certification (OSC) to help standardize our profession and demonstrate that our members are Legal, Ethical, and Competent practitioners of investigating and analyzing Publicly Available Information.

To obtain the OSC designation, practitioners must meet certain requirements to demonstrate dedication to their craft and pass a 100-question exam. The OSC has been created by senior practitioners and instructors from around the globe to ensure we produce the most ethical and trustworthy group possible.  

    How can I take the OSC Exam to become certified?

    To become Open-Source Certified, individuals must meet the following requirements:

    • Purchase a seat in an upcoming exam ($200 USD)
    • Take the OSC Exam and pass with a score of 70% or higher.
    • Sign the OSMOSIS ethics statement (for non-association members)
    • Have at least 75 hours of practical application time in the year prior (part-time, full-time, volunteer, apprenticeship)
    Open-Source Certification Badge

    Become OSC Certified Today!