Certification provides an opportunity for NMGIA members who engage in the process to increase their knowledge, skill set and experience and to be recognized by their peers and employers. Certification may assist investigators in achieving the required investigative competencies suitable for fact or expert testimony. It also provides employers with an enhanced means by which to measure the investigative competencies and experience of their investigators. The NMGIA Professional Certification Program is based on the findings of the National Gang Threat Assessments as set forth by the National Gang Intelligence Center and National Gang Center. These documents outline gang trends, crime and intelligence information on a national scale. The NMGIA has conducted extensive research on NM gang trends and the national and international nexus to NM gangs.


Any individual who is an NMGIA Regular Member in good standing may enter the Professional Certification Program. Once a certification has been awarded, the recipient is required to remain an NMGIA member in good standing to maintain their status active.

Applicants shall:

  • be a Regular member in good standing for at least one (1) year (from date of application) who adheres to the NMGIA bylaws;

  • provide a certificate of completion for the qualifying courses OR current status as a Gang Specialist Certification holder;

  • possess full-time employment in a criminal justice agency or the military;

  • currently assigned to a job function that involves the application of gang investigations;

  • provide a copy of their official position description;

  • submit the online application and related fee; and,

  • Schedule to take the exam at the next available exam day.

The examination may be taken up to three (3) times; however the $50.00 (USD) fee must be paid each time an examination is scheduled. The Gang Specialist Certification will be awarded after successfully completing the applications process and passing the examination with a minimum composite score of 70%.


Our certification process consists of three phases;

  • Instruction: Complete the qualifying courses within one (1) year OR provide a curriculum overview of a gang specialist certification you currently hold.

  • Practicum: Demonstrate your knowledge by contributing to GangInfoNet and earn appropriate award points and reputation required for certification.

  • Examination: A two (2) hour period held at the NMGIA headquarters and proctored by the Executive Board. You will also be required to demonstrate your capability of documenting a gang member and writing a group threat assessment.


In order to maintain your certification from year to year, contact the Training Director sixty (60) days prior to your certification expiration date. We will provide you with any refresher materials and courses to prepare you for testing. Submit your application and schedule your examination.

To register for our certification program or re-certification submit a training registration form.


Provided is a list of qualifying courses available from the NMGIA secure members only platform. Points can be earned by contributing gang intelligence information, documentation and evidence and participating in group discussions and community functions.

Certification Fee: $50.00

Recertification Fee: $25.00

  • Gang Statistics

  • Gang Definitions

  • Gang Laws and Policy

  • Gang History

  • Gang Typology

  • Gang National Alliances

  • Gang Ideology

  • Gang Recruiting

  • Gang Initiation Rituals

  • Gang Migration

  • Gang Evolution

  • Gang Identification

  • Gang Bylaws

  • Gang Graffiti

  • Gang Tattoos

  • Gang Crime

  • Gang Communications

  • Gang Dress

  • Gangs & Officer Safety

  • Gang Suppression Principals