To become a Private Investigator in Georgia is different from most other places. The difference is that Georgia does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. You simply need to be employed/ registered under a licensed Georgia PI agency as a Private Investigator. You do not even need to take a Private Investigator course/ get Private Investigator training to become a PI employee. As staff of an agency, you will get a Georgia "beginner's" license simply called PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR license. You need a PI employer to get this license. You will need to take a government approved PI course after you obtain this license (within six months). However, you won’t have a full Georgia Private Investigator's license (work for yourself) but you can work as one for an agency. This can be viewed as you being a Private Investigator under supervision. A full PI license allows you to work for yourself (your own business). This requires you to have education. Other than education, to become a Private Investigator in Georgia, you need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you will need to take the same government approved PI licensing course (most other places you do). In Georgia, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and education to The Board, you will get your full Georgia PI license. A full PI license does not really exist in Georgia. The equivalent to a full PI license in Georgia is operating your own PI agency with a PI business license. Most jurisdictions will have a PI beginner’s license. In Georgia, this license is the PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR license. Getting this beginner's license is when your struggle will begin.
Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Georgia is just being support staff to a Georgia PI agency with the PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR license. This will allow you to work for a Georgia PI agency, but you will not be able to work for yourself (your own PI company). This means you must work under the supervision of a fully licensed Georgia PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Georgia Private Investigator. In fact, PI agencies are not economically structured to have mentor/ student surveillance teams. Furthermore, a background in non-PI investigations will give you some transferable knowledge but it will not set you up to become a successful Private Investigator. New Private Investigators still need to know how to be successful working surveillance operations. This is why practical Private Investigator education and training specifically for Private Investigators is necessary.