Distance Learning


“The virtual training that ACI offered was by far the most engaging and interactive virtual courses I’ve attended” – Christopher Hauke, Schott AG (Nov/Dec 2020)

Virtual Core and Advanced CIP-I and CIP-II Certification

Each course will meet for about 6 hours on the scheduled date starting at 9:30 EST. The courses will involve a mixture of pre-readings and asynchronous videos available through Google Drive and then an interactive live Zoom session. We will provide you with access to that course’s materials two weeks in advance. You will come to the sessions ready for lecture and group work over Zoom with faculty and colleagues. You can personally meet the faculty, get oriented and have topical discussions. After the training program, we will arrange a follow up session to directly assist you on implementing the tools at your organization and advise you on overcoming obstacles. After completing each level you would take the CIP-I or CIP-II exam. Passing score is 75.

CIP-I Core certification courses offered VIRTUAL
October 28, 29, November 1, 3, 12, 2021

CI 101/202 Planning and Collection

CI 301 Competitive Blindspots

CI 302 Cross-Competitor Analysis

CI 303 Structured Intelligence Analysis

CI 304 Reporting & Communicating Intelligence

CIP-II Advanced certification courses offered VIRTUAL
November 11, 15-16, 18-19, 2021

CI 401 War Gaming

CI 402 Value Chain Analysis

CI 403 Anticipating Disruptions/Scenario Analysis

ANALYST asynchronous Option for CIP-ST Skills certification

$1,550.00 for the “Bundle” (20 hrs est.). CIP- ST (Competitive Intelligence Professional Skills Training) is a new asychronous certificate online program for a fundamental skill set in competitive intelligence. This online module which has quizzes and assignments within and personal guidance by Dr. Ben Gilad, is composed of the first two analytical courses in the Competitive Intelligence Professional’s (CIP) core level certification program and two short free courses. You take it at your pace starting right now if you like watching some videos and back and forth interaction over assignments.  It is suitable for managers and professionals in market-facing functions (marketing, business development, sales, strategy, market research, R&D) as well as dedicated professionals looking to get certified as a CIP-I. The two courses can be applied as credit toward the CIP-I core certification of five courses which can be found to the left of this column. After completing the Skills training you will take an exam for the CIP-ST designation. Passing score is 70.

Strategic Early Warning 0 CEUs

we don’t believe in training “stick-fetchers”. This short course shows you what to show your bosses: strategic early warning, the only element of CI that gets executives excited.

CI 301 Competitive Blindspots   .7 CEUs

The Foundation of all strategic intelligence: Industry, Competitor and Blindspots analysis framework.

CI 302 Cross-Competitor Analysis   .7 CEUs

Simplify predictions of competitors’ moves and countermoves when multiple rivals are involved.