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Diploma Predictive Profiling (English)

Predictive Profiling: today's security technique

Predictive Profiling is the only method that, through the application of smart interventions, allows your organisation to recognise and halt criminal activities even in a preparatory stage. This technique was developed in Israel and has proven its merit worldwide. The application of Predictive Profiling is also a matter of great interest in The Netherlands.


Predictive Profiling is the most proactive security method in the world

Predictive Profiling targets a potential threatening actor's capabilities for successfully undermining your security goals, rather than focussing on your organisations' capabilities for stopping a threat. This seems logical, but this shift in focus is rarely applied in practice. This makes Predictive Profiling the most proactive security method in the world. Predictive Profiling is always complementary to an organisation's existing security measures, and is not a replacement for them.


Predictive Profiling: how does this fascinating method work?

All technological security measures can be beaten or circumnavigated, because technological measures are based on pre-programed values of threat versus non-threat. These critical levels can be learned and used. Criminals and terrorists are, however, far less efficiently equipped to handle human, and therefor unpredictable, interactions such as confrontations with 'a question'. Security Questioning, a specialised interrogation technique, is therefor an important weapon in the fight against potentially threatening actors. There are countless examples worldwide of threats that were thwarted through observation and interrogation.


Predictive Profiling and Security Questioning

A Predictive Profiler's most effective weapon is interrogation, or rather Security Questioning. A potentially threatening actor is unable to prepare for the unpredictable factors in a Security Questioning. In addition to this, Security Questioning can be applied in almost every environment, and it's free.

Security Questioning is not only the domain of security personnel. Any employee that has the right competencies can add to the awareness and security capabilities of your organisation from within their existing rolls and duties. Fewer procedures and an intelligent approach of visitors/clients will also increase the client-friendliness and hostmanship within your organisation.


Predictive Profiling: Course Objective

The course objective is to teach you the Predictive Profiling Technique and Method. As a Predictive Profiler you ware trained in the detection of deviant behaviour, suspicious indicators and the application of unpredictable interrogation (Security Questioning). After completing the course you are able to recognise suspicious persons and situations on the basis of indicators and are able to act accordingly. In addition to this you are given instruction on implementing the Predictive Profiling Method within your own organisation or that of your clients.


For what professionals is the diploma valuable?

All employees that work in an area that needs to be secured can perform Predictive Profiling. Primarily the following professions come to mind:

  • Security Managers, responsible for the security process
  • Security Advisors within government, business, non-profit organisations and healthcare
  • Managers of Private Security Firms
  • Managers who deal with violence against employees
  • Police, Justice and Special Investigation officers
  • Civil Service
  • Human Resources Managers


Predictive Profiling Course: exclusive cooperation and partners

De Predictive Profiling course is offered in an exclusive cooperation between SoSecure and independent examination institute IBEX.



SoSecure is a founding organisation for Predictive Profiling in The Netherlands and is owner of the Red Teaming Group Netherlands.


IBEX - Institute for Professional Examinations

IBEX has more than 15 years of experience in setting up, organising and conducting independent examinations. IBEX has particular experience in the fields of ARBO, safety and environment in a technical and industrial context.

KSI - Knowledgecenter for Security Intelligence

The Knowledgecenter for Security Intelligence aims to aid organisations in effective use of all information and knowledge that is available in the information age. One way in which the KSI achieves this goal is by bridging the gap between science and practice.


Predictive Profiling Education Options

Option 1: Open Application

Option 2: In-company training, allowing for the Predictive Profiling technique to be taught specifically for your sector or relevant threats



Starting with as little as 8 participants it is possible to conduct the Predictive Profiling course in-company for a very appealing fee. Contact us for possibilities.


The in-company Predictive Profiling course:

  • Is completely adapted to fit your organisation and/or relevant threats;
  • Is conducted in your own working environment;
  • Saves you time and money; and
  • Grants much more room for open discussion of sensitive information, as no outsiders are involved.


In-depth description

Predictive Profiling: difficulty-level of the course

The level of the Predictive Profiling course is equal to the Dutch post-HBO level.


Course load

The Predictive Profiling course consists of 8 days of intensive classes. Every class day merits around 2 hours of preparation time. The course is finalised with an exam that takes up a half-day. Preparation for the exam takes up 1 to 2 days of individual study effort.


Predictive Profiling and Red Teaming

Red Teaming is the act of attempting to undermine one's own organisation by applying a so-called 'Red Team'. Red Teaming aims to reproduce situations that precede incidents or calamities.

Red Teaming grants insights into the capacities that potential opponents might have in undermining one's organisation. In this regard Red Teaming has a direct relationship with Predictive Profiling as a tool for identifying potential threats in a preparatory stage. Red Teaming, for this reason, is an important part of the Predictive Profiling method.

Red Teams are composed on the basis of specific expertise and experience. Members can be a part of the organisation, or be attracted from outside of the organisation. A read team can be applied ad-hoc or based on planning. Red Teaming is also possible on a peer-to-peer basis, such as within the Red Teaming Group Netherlands.


Predictive Profiling: factors of success behind the course

The course instructs students in more than just the Predictive Profiling techniques, there is special focus on application methods. Predictive Profiling is not just applicable in high-risk environments, but every environment. The method has been successfully adapted and implemented in varied environments and levels of risk.

This extra knowledge grants students insights into the factors that make the method successful. The technique is also critically reviewed, because profiling is more than 'just a trick'. Security experts and scientists grant students insights into the possibilities by describing their own research and experience with Predictive Profiling. The classes are supported with realistic, practical and interactive exercises allowing students to apply the information in practice.


Predictive Profiling: diploma

When a student passes the (IBEX) examination, after completing the course, he or she is awarded the internationally recognised Diploma Predictive Profiling.


Certified Profiling Expert (CPE): how do you acquire this title?

If a student completes the practical assignment after the course, he or she may be inscribed into the register 'Certified Profiling Expert', entitling the student to carry the title CPE (Certified Profiling Expert) behind their name. The certification is organised by the independent examination institute IBEX.


Red Teaming Group Netherlands

Students are additionally given free membership to the Red Teaming Group Netherlands. As a member of the Red Teaming Group students not only profit from an exclusive and growing network of like-minded professionals, but are also given access to regular trainings and workshops in the field of Red Teaming and Predictive Profiling.

The Predictive Profiling Course Specifics 

The Predictive Profiling Course consists of 8 days of lecture, provided mostly on Fridays from 10:00 to 16:00 starting on Friday the 5th of February 2021.

The course dates for 2021 are: 

Friday 5th of February 2021
Friday 12th of February 2021
Friday 19th of February 2021
Friday 5th of March 2021
Friday 12th of March 2021
Friday 26th of Marchl 2021
Friday 16th of April 2021
Friday 7th of May 2021 (catch-up day)

Exam Predictive Profiling Theory on Friday 14th of May 2021.



Day I

Predictive Profiling: Introduction to Predictive Profiling; Methods and Techniques

Day II

Red Teaming: Methods and Techniques   


Managing Predictive Profiling: Analytic Methods and Techniques 

Suspicious Indicators: Methods and Techniques

Day IV

Detecting Truth and Lies, in Theory and Practice

Security Questioning in Practice

An introduction to Controlled Cognitive Engagement

Day V

Methods and Techniques of Security Questioning

Standard Operational Procedures for Predictive Profiling

Introduction to Security Intelligence   

Day VI

Exam Training

Mock Test

Predictive Profiling and Human Resource Management  


Red Teaming Exercise at an undisclosed location in The Netherlands 


Instructors who have professional experience in intelligence-, detection- and or security services conduct the practical classes. Additionally, some instructors have experience with intelligence collection in international business and with Security Profiling of passengers on international airports. A number of instructors have improved their knowledge and skills of Predictive Profiling in Israel, the birthplace of Predictive Profiling. Instructors who also teach at Dutch Universities and within Dutch Police conduct theory classes.


Your instructors are:

Mr. Drs. Willemijn Aerdts

Willemijn Aerdts is owner of Bureau Aerdts, which conducts consultancy and advisory tasks in the field of policy and security. She has previously worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs as a researcher.


Willem Leeuwenkamp, MSc

Willem Leeuwenkamp is a researcher and consultant at SoSecure and affiliated with the Knowledgecenter Security Intelligence. Willem studied Political Science (International Relations), Intelligence Studies and Crisis- and Security Management at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Leiden. Before working at SoSecure Willem was a member of the Red Teaming Task Group at the Ad de Jonge Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.

Wil Houtzager

Wil Houtzager is a HR-advisor and parter in NextHRM. NextHRM offers a new generation of solutions for all modern human- and organisational challenges. Before this Wil was HR-director at EY (Ernst & Young), director of the Human Capital Group of Deloitte and director of the Lemniscaat School of Management.


Leen van der Plas RSE

Leen van der Plas is owner and director of SoSecure and the Knowledgecentre Security Intelligence. He studied at the Dutch Police Academy and has many years of experience in undercover, counterterrorism and intelligence work within the National Police. He lead a detective squad for serious organised crime on Aruba and implemented special detection techniques in the Kingdom's oversees territories. He was responsible for the merging of the National Detective Squad, the Technical Operational Support Service and the Special Detective Squad of the KLPD (now National Police). He led a criminal intelligence unit of a special detective service. He also studied for a Minor's Degree in Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he is now a guest lecturer on Predictive Profiling and The Wire. He is interested in proactive security, red teaming and private intelligence and is developing the Knowledgecentre Security Intelligence for further study and implementation of these topics.


Dr. Bruno Verschuere

Bruno Verschuere is associate professor Forensic Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He is an honorary research fellow at Ghent University (LipLab) and Maastricht University (Forensic Psychology). Bruno has published articles on, amongst other things, deception and deception detection, psychopathy and fear. He also published the book Memory Detection (2011). Bruno instructs Memory and Deception Detection in the Predictive Profiling Course.


In addition to these speakers a number of guest lecturers are invited from public office and businesses.

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