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Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

The Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program was developed to accomplish the goal set forth by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce. The IFPC program has established a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who currently serve in and support, and those who hope to serve in and support, the DoD Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on cross-cutting and enterprise-wide Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which depict the core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and be able to do to successfully execute and contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC program will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards.

Eligibility Requirements

The IFPC is available to individuals who 1) hold U.S. Citizenship, and 2) are military or civilian personnel currently employed by the DoD (waivers can be provided to personnel currently employed by a federal, state, tribal, or local government entity supporting DoD-recognized intelligence missions).

IFPC Registration Process

Individuals interested in taking the assessment must register for the program online at Individuals will be required to complete a series of demographic questions and review the IFPC Terms and Conditions.

Prepare for the IFPC Assessment

The IFPC Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) contains a listing of the knowledge areas a practitioner within the DIE is expected to possess, along with the sources from which the related knowledge areas were obtained. Candidates are encouraged to review the information provided for each of the eight (8) knowledge domains covered in the EBK.

IFPC Assessment Scheduling

Before scheduling your examination, you must have already:

Scheduling online:

After you schedule your exam, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your exam date, exam time, along with the address and directions to the Pearson VUE Testing Center.

The Day of the Assessment

Candidate for the IFPC must provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when they sign in for their session. Acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship includes one of the following:

  • A current U.S. passport,
  • An Intelligence Community badge (this is not a Common Access Card (CAC), or
  • A notarized U.S. birth certificate AND a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license (MN and MO licenses are not accepted), military ID card, or another ID card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency as long as it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
Last updated 2018-06-18