Courses

Free Courses

Ten Tips for Improving Your Analytic Writing

This mini-course offers 10 key tips for improving your analytical writing from a former senior CIA analytic manager who reviewed thousands of analytic products. By the end of this course you’ll be able to avoid common pitfalls that can distract your reader from understanding your product’s message, believing it, or even deciding to read it in the first place. If you consistently follow these tips, your managers and editors will spend less time fixing your work and more time appreciating your analytic skills.

An Insider’s View on Being a CIA Analyst: Pros, Cons, and Some Tips for Applicants

This course is for anyone considering applying to be an analyst at the CIA who wants to know more about the job, how to apply, and how to improve their chances of being hired. There’s very little useful, accurate, and honest information available on what being an Agency analyst is really like; this course effectively and efficiently fills this gap. 

Courses for Analysts and Managers

Strategies for Success as an Analyst

If you’re like many analysts, you had to start your career with little guidance on how to think about, conduct, and convey analysis to a skeptical customer set. This course provides you with practical strategies for approaching analysis as a professional, working with others effectively, and avoiding the pitfalls that trip up so many analysts.

Writing for Your Executive Customer: The Keys to Analytic Writing With Impact

This course will help you sharpen your writing skills to create more effective analytic products that will meet the needs of your senior customers.  You’ll learn from a 30-year CIA analytic veteran how to produce, organize, support, and present analytic judgments that will provide value and unique insights to your readers.

How to Craft an Insightful Leadership Profile: Assessing Leaders From Politicians and CEOs to Terrorists and Technologists

In this course you’ll learn from another of Proficiency1’s 30-year CIA analytic veterans how to apply rigorous analytic standards and leadership theory to craft portraits of any type of leader.  He’ll show you how to provide unique insights into the leadership styles, negotiating tactics, decisionmaking process, and personal details of figures in the public eye.

Leading Well: Six Habits That Inspire People to Contribute Their Best

This comprehensive leadership course provides a clear and practical action plan for implementing the six habits for leading well. It identifies what type of leader you are, shows how you can build an effective team and fully develop its members, and helps you deepen and employ empathy to improve your professional relationships. The instructor is former Army Colonel, bestselling leadership author, and business leader Chris Kolenda.

Build Your Strategy: The 5-D Strategy Process

Another offering from our partners at Kolenda Strategic Leaders Academy, this course provides practical guidance for leaders of any type of organization to develop and implement an effective strategic plan. Chris Kolenda includes proven exercises and examples to walk you through every step in his process and offers an option to work directly with him to map out your strategy for success.

Mastering the Unwritten Rules of Executive Presence: How to Craft a Confident, Captivating Professional Persona

Executive presence isn’t just for executives. Every professional consciously and unconsciously communicates their competence to bosses, coworkers, and customers. Learn how to hone your presence to become a more effective, trusted, and respected professional

Ethics Fitness Training

This course offers an introduction to ethics and provides professionals with a framework for developing their ethical code and integrating it into their decisionmaking routine. The instructor is a 30-year Intelligence Community member, and she’ll give you tools to steer your behavior when your organization’s rules don’t provide the guidance you need.

Understanding China’s Worldview

The course presents the roots and key elements of China’s worldview—the master narrative the Chinese use to make sense of the world and their place in it—and examines how this perspective has shaped the evolution of China’s foreign policy and still drives it today.

Understanding China’s Armed Forces

Dennis Blasko, a former Army Attaché in Beijing and Hong Kong and Senior Military Fellow at the National Defense University, literally wrote the book on the Chinese Army (The Chinese Army Today). This course, which includes an eBook, China’s Armed Forces: A Compendium, is his follow-up and provides a comprehensive view of all elements of China’s rapidly expanding and improving armed forces.

Chris Savos

Basic Online Search Methodology: How to Get the Most Out of Google and Social Media

Proficiency1 is pleased to partner with Plessas Experts Network to offer foundational OSINT training for analysts of all types. Founder Kirby Plessas has trained more than 18,000 professionals to get the most out of publicly available information.

Live Courses 

How to Think and Write Like an Analyst

We’ve designed this live three-day course to serve as a foundational training experience for anyone tasked with providing insightful analysis to demanding customers. It covers the proper mindset required for analytic success and digs into the fundamentals of how to create an effectively written analytic argument. The course has multiple in-class exercises and a capstone writing assignment with one-on-one instructor feedback.

Language-Related Courses

Introduction to Translation and Interpretation

This introductory course is for bilingual individuals who aspire to turn their language skills into a rewarding career. It lays down a foundation for understanding the fundamental concepts and principals of translation and interpretation.

Our Next Wave

We’re working on more courses right now that we plan on launching in the next few months, including:

  • Critical Thinking for Analysts: Avoiding Common Analytic Pitfalls
  • Creative Thinking for Analysts
  • Leadership Strategies for Analysts
  • Open Source Methodologies
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • Leading in a Crisis
  • Leading Analysis
  • How Pakistan Works

If there are other courses you’d like to see for yourself or for analysts working for you, please contact us below and let us know. If there’s a course you think you could add to this list, please visit our Proficiency1 page for potential instructors.

Course FAQs

If you have ideas, suggestions, or questions we haven’t answered, please let us know.

What will your courses be like?

Our first offerings are self-paced courses ranging from roughly two to eight hours in length, with a modular design that makes them easy to complete. They combine video, screencasts, and other elements. In the future, we will offer live webinar courses.

Can I take courses on my phone?

Absolutely. We know you’re busy and looking for ways to make every minute count. Our courses will be available through the Teachable app.

What will courses cost?

Most of our initial course offerings will range in price from $199 to $399. Sign up for the mailing list to receive limited-time launch discounts and other special offers.

Do you offer training for organizations?

Yes. We can develop custom training programs and provide multi-user discounts for your organization.