Training to fight illicit goods

We help police and partners to build their skills in fighting illicit trafficking.

We deliver training to our member countries and partners worldwide to build the skills and knowledge of all agencies involved in the fight against illicit trafficking and pharmaceutical crime.

Our training portfolio covers practical training as a precursor to operations, specialized courses in investigative techniques, train-the-trainer sessions and online learning courses.

Certificate in Intellectual Property Crime and Illicit Trade (CIPCIT)

Accredited by INTERPOL and delivered by the University of Portsmouth’s Criminal Justice Studies Department, this 12-week distance-learning short course provides unparalleled access to the latest research and expertise in the field of IP crime and illicit trade on a global level.

The credits earned on this course are academically recognised and can contribute towards further study.

For entry requirements or to learn more:

e-Learning for IP crime investigators

The International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) is a fully interactive online training facility for law enforcement, regulatory authorities and private sector investigators in intellectual property (IP) crimes. It is delivered in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

More than 10 years of leading IP education

Created in 2010, IIPCIC has continually developed and expanded its training modules, reaching out to an increasingly diverse audience, and capitalizing on innovations in technology. Visit the IIPCIC website to see our timeline of achievements 2010-2020.

IIPCIC works to:

  • Provide IP crime professionals with specialist learning on the subject of transnational organized IP crime;
  • Deliver leading-edge training that meets international standards;
  • Create a network of certified IP crime investigators;
  • Facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors;
  • Ensure investigators have a common understanding of the issues, roles and recommended intervention strategies, thereby improving joint enforcement operations.

Representatives from countries around the world have registered to take our online IP crime training courses which are available in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

Recognizing our trainees

We are proud to work with police academies and enforcement bodies around the world and to recognize the achievement of all trainees.

Go to the IIPCIC website to see a selection of agencies whose students have completed the curriculum and to read testimonials from course participants.

Mentoring programme

As part of our activities to extend the reach of the IIPCIC platform, we have established regional Mentoring Programmes in order to bring officers together in person in a train-the-trainer framework.

Participants then take their newfound knowledge and skills back to their national administrations where they not only cascade this practical information to colleagues, but can also use the information to help influence strategic thinking and allocation of resources.

Embedding IP training into national police curriculums

One of the most effective ways to draw attention to IP crime and boost a country’s response is to build the IIPCIC training into police college curriculums. In order for this to happen, backing is necessary at government level.

The Police Chiefs Cooperation Organizations for Southern Africa and East Africa (SARPCCO and EAPCCO) have adopted this approach in their respective regions.

Project Health  

Training courses run under Project Health build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to fight pharmaceutical crime and public health infringements. Courses are conducted in the Americas, Africa and Asia.