Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

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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.

Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your exam, you must log into your candidate profile and follow the directions provided below. YOU MUST CANCEL/RESCHEDULE YOUR EXAM AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. Failure to do so will result in a No-Show status. Please see the No Show Policy for more information.

How To Cancel/Reschedule your scheduled IFPC Exam:
1. Click "My Cycle".
2. Click “Continue Registration”.
3. Click “Return to Pearson Vue”.
4. Click the IFPC: Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification hyperlink located in the “Upcoming Appointments” section.
5. Click either “Cancel” or “Reschedule”.
6. Confirm your cancelled/rescheduled IFPC exam

No Show Policy
If you do not cancel or reschedule your confirmed exam appointment at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled exam appointment and do not show for the scheduled exam, the USG will still be charged an exam seat fee as if you sat for the exam. Therefore, please make every effort to make your scheduled exam or reschedule in time to meet the Pearson VUE deadline. If you are a no-show for 2 exam iterations, you will not be able to participate in the IFPC Program. You may appeal by submitting a waiver request explaining why you were unable to make the scheduled exam session.

Contact Information

If you have any IFPC related questions, please reach out to us at For additional program related information, please visit our DOD hosted website

Last updated 2023-11-09