Private Investigator

Hours: 100 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,545.00

Course Overview:

Private investigator jobs can be intriguing, exciting and sometimes adventurous, but being a private investigator is also a serious and important career. This private investigator training can provide you with the essential skills and knowledge for a number of entry level private investigator jobs. Our distance learning private investigator training will provide instruction on surveillance, information gathering, interview techniques and much more!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define private investigation and the Investigator's Code
  • Define undercover investigation and related considerations
  • Identify methods of surveillance and types of general investigations
  • Comprehend the interrogation and interview process and various considerations
  • Define different types of evidence and how it is presented in the courtroom

Course Outline:

Private Investigator Module 1
Overview of the Private Investigator Business
  • Investigation Concepts
  • Definition of Private Investigation
  • The Investigator’s Code
  • History of Private Investigation
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Introduction to Civil Law
  • Information about Licensing
  • Code of Ethics
  • Narcotics
  • Common Drug and Identifying Them
  • Health and Safety Codes
  • Business and Professional Code
  • The Controlled Substance Act
  • Drugs Commonly Found in the Workplace
Private Investigator Module 2
Undercover Investigation
  • Definition of Undercover
  • Personal Attributes of a Private Investigator
  • Details, Diligence and Thoroughness
  • Types of Assignments
  • Undercover Investigations in the Workplace
  • General Considerations for Undercover Investigations
  • Report Writing
  • Internal Survey Investigation Guide
  • Information to be Reported
  • Applying for the Job
  • Theft, Supervision and Employee Morale
  • Store Investigations
  • Major Headings for Undercover Reports
  • Shoplifting
  • Return to the Scene of the Crime
Private Investigator Module 3
Surveillance & Types of General Investigations
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Purpose Surveillance
  • Objectives for Conducting Surveillance
  • Details, Diligence and Thoroughness 
  • Giving Proper Descriptions
  • Positive Identification of Subjects
  • Background Check
  • Necessary Equipment for Surveillance
  • Camera and Video Camera Use
  • Types of Surveillance
  • Types of General Investigations
  • Information from Public Records and Documents
  • Background Investigations
  • Pre-employment Checks
  • Credit Checks
  • Divorce Investigation
  • Child Custody
  • Infidelity Checks
  • Missing Persons Investigations
  • Locating a Runaway
Private Investigator Module 4
Interview & Interrogation Issues 
  • Interview and Interrogation
  • Miranda Rights
  • Interview Process
  • Interview Matrix
  • Essentials of the Signed Statement
  • Legal Research
  • Worker’s Compensation Investigation
  • Understanding Worker's Compensation
  • Eavesdropping or Recording Confidential Communications
  • Chronological Investigative Report
Private Investigator Module 5
Evidence & The Courtroom
  • Physical Evidence
  • Psychological Evidence
  • History of Fingerprinting
  • Forensic Laboratory Case Preparation
  • Rules & Laws of Evidence
  • Case Preparation
  • Documents and Reports
  • Interviewing Witnesses
  • Use of Expert Witness
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • Courtroom Demeanor
  • Courtroom Tactics
  • Supporting Your Courtroom Case
Private Investigator Module 6
Criminal Defense Investigation
  • Types of Criminal Defense Investigation
  • Initial Client Conference
  • The Initial Defendant Interview
  • Crime Scene Review
  • Witness Interviews
  • Case Report Forms
  • Bioethics, Investigation and the Occult
  • Example of Case Preparation
  • Business Statement Forms 

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **