This training is intended for U.S. Criminal Justice
Practitioners. Please register using your agency-issued email.
This course provides students with the fundamental
knowledge and skills they need to investigate crimes involving virtual
currency. Instructors explain foundational concepts like the characteristics
of money, virtual currency, and cryptocurrency. Blockchain technology,
proof of work, and proof of stake are covered and students learn how
industry-leading cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin®, Ethereum®, and Monero) work and how they differ from each
other. Finally, students learn investigative techniques for tracking and
documenting transactions, and best practices for seizing and securing
Hands-on exercises include: opening a
bitcoin wallet, bitcoin transactions, investigating the blockchain, and identifying services
using free/open source explorers.
Key concepts covered in this course include:
• Virtual currency basics
• Cryptocurrencies in
• Decentralized finance (DeFi)
• Non-fungible tokens (NFT)
complete this course and pass the post-test are eligible for 1.0 point toward
the 3CE and 3CI certifications.
"Relying exclusively on skills I learned
in this course, I was able to identify the subject's wallet addresses and
manually track the individual transactions the subject was conducting with the
fraudulently received funds through the blockchain and corroborate text
discussions with actual transactions." -New York, New York
"Since the course, I have investigated several cases,
mostly cyber-enabled investment fraud cases involving virtual currency but also
the hack exploiting a vulnerability within the code (a way to double spend) of a
layer one protocol. I have been able to administratively freeze several million
dollars worth of various currencies in exchange and arrange for court orders to
an equivalent value. The outcomes were only possible because of the training
from NW3C. I have since contacted one of the trainers who, despite their busy
calendar, has provided consultative support." -George Town, Cayman
To receive a certificate upon completion
of this course, the following must be completed:
• Score of 80% or above on post-test
• Complete all in-class exercises
NW3C may cancel any class for any reason and without notice. NW3C is not responsible for non-refundable travel accommodations lost or rendered moot as a result of a class cancellation.
hands-on practical exercises are intensive, critical to understanding the
material being taught, and required to successfully complete the class. If your
computer hardware does not meet the mandatory requirements listed below, your
experience in taking the class will be less than ideal and may also impact other
students while the instructors take time to troubleshoot hardware and software
Mandatory Operating System
• Operating system. Your computer must be running Microsoft windows 10 or later or macOS v10.12 or
later. Make sure your operating system is fully updated prior to class.
Smartphones and tablets are prohibited.
• Local administrator access is required. If you do not have
administrative rights, you will not be able to successfully complete the class.
Prior to class, please check with your IT department to install the required
• Disconnect your VPN. Disconnect your work virtual private network (VPN).
Being connected to the Internet through a VPN can block access to the virtual
Mandatory Software Requirements
Workspace App. Required to access our virtual lab
environment and to complete the required hands-on practical exercises.
Chrome. The recommended browser to launch our virtual lab
• Webex Meetings. Required to enter our live
online training environment, Webex Training Center.
• Webex Chrome Extension. Required to launch our
live online training environment, Webex Training Center, and works hand-in-hand
with the Webex Meetings application.
• Dual monitors. You
will need one monitor to join the online classroom, view presentations, see the
instructor’s shared screen, and interact with the instructor(s). The second
monitor is needed to join and use the virtual lab environment to complete
hands-on practical exercises. Not being able to see both interfaces (the online
classroom, and virtual lab environment) simultaneously will make it difficult,
if not impossible to successfully complete hands-on practical exercises. Large
screen monitors, trying to run the two different interfaces split screen, will
NOT work. Multiple computers can also work as a substitute to having multiple
• Hard-wired, high-speed
Internet connection. A wireless Internet connection may be sufficient,
however, a wired connection will improve latency and buffering, and will also
provide better connection speeds and stability overall.
• Microphone and speakers. This is an interactive, live training class and a microphone
is required to interact with the instructor(s), ask questions, give answers, and
provide insights to help enhance the overall class experience. We recommend a
headset, headphones, or earbuds to eliminate feedback and echo when using your