Hg’s 2020 Backgrounder Training Package

$316.00 $268.60

Save 15% on this 4-webinar package, covering some of the most important aspects of background investigations!



Throughout the year, Hetherington Group offers webinars on current investigative tactics involving social networks, search engines, due diligence, the dark web, and other related topics. Participants should have some basic experience of the topic, as all programs are offered at an intermediate level, unless otherwise noted.

All Hg training classes are approved as continuing professional education credits by ACFE, DHS, LPF, SHRM, and ASIS. Individuals will earn continuing professional education credits for attending the webinar.

All participants will receive handouts on concepts and investigative techniques.

Hg Backgrounder Training Package, 4 Pre-Recorded Webinars

$268.60 (15% discount)

Beyond Google: 60 minutes, 1 CEU

January 23, 2020: The ability to uncover information on the Internet is the primary skill of an online investigator. The go-to resource for many is Google, yet not everyone knows how to utilize its full potential. This class expands your general knowledge of the search engine, making difficult searches more effective.

In this intermediate to advanced hands-on class, participants will learn how to maximize Google searches, as we cover the basics, the hacks, and extra Google resources to create proper search strategies and run advanced Internet searches. Participants will also learn the expert tools of this common search application to make difficult searches more effective. Upon completion of the course, field investigators will be able to

  • Hunt down deep web content
  • Conduct advanced search strategies on Google, Bing, and other search engines
  • Use algorithms for surface finds and open source results


Advanced Social Media Investigations: 60 minutes, 1 CEU

March 24, 2020: Social media platforms are an important aspect of any online investigation. This advanced class is for you, if you hold the skills to conduct cursory searches but want to be on top of your game with the latest search tools for locating and uncovering social media users and their online content.

  • Learn how to discover intelligence by investigating popular social media platforms and search engines as well as gain knowledge of new social media platforms on the horizon
  • You will review social media pages, learn how hashtags and images can play a role in a case, and identify further leads.
  • Field investigators will be able to conduct social media investigations using specialized search engines and conduct a CARA Analysis: Characteristics, Associations, Reputation, and Affiliations.


Advanced Online Due Diligence: 60 minutes, 1 CEU

March 25, 2020: Online due diligence investigations examine the backgrounds of corporate entities and the principals who manage them. Regardless of your investigative ability, learning the critical thinking tactics to research and conduct due diligence analyses will enable you to arm your clients with the intelligence they need to make proactive decisions in life and business. This class will explore the databases, Web sites, and Internet resources required to locate difficult information on companies, their assets, and the people that run them.

  • Master completing a due diligence report utilizing a wealth of information: public records, legal filings, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, blogs, and open source material.
  • Utilize the tools and resources needed to find and vet information about companies and their owners.
  • Examine professional fee-based and free tools and resources to understand their functionality and limitations to access all the information that’s out there.
  • Field investigators will be able to write reports that emphasize and highlight key findings, identify key resources available to investigators that go unused, find and vet applicant information within keystrokes, and implement handy tactics for conducting online fraud investigations.


Global Due Diligence and Investigations: 60 minutes, 1 CEU

May 16, 2019: International due diligence is vital for business success and management. It can be a straightforward task, if you know how to utilize the right resources from the plethora of information available. In this course, we will review available databases and open sources for a variety of countries to conduct international due diligence and background checks.

In this intermediate to advanced hands-on course, participants will examine sources for information, including the top foreign corporate databases for researching overseas companies and their principals; explore a list of databases serving foreign countries; and acquire global resources helpful for consolidating multiple country searches. Upon completion of the course, field investigators will be able to

  • Conduct international due diligence investigations
  • Navigate and utilize social networks in specific countries
  • Spot indicators to fraudulent practices and shell companies

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