To become a Private Investigator in Indiana is different from most other places. The difference is that Indiana does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Private Investigator agency. A Private Investigator course or Private Investigator training is not even needed. You simply need to be employed/ registered under a licensed Indiana PI agency. However, you won’t have an Indiana Private Investigator's license but you can work as one. 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). Technically, an individual Private Investigator license does not exist in Indiana. The equivalent for a PI license in Indiana is becoming a Private Investigator business, with a "Private Investigator Firm License." This requires you to have previous investigative experience (4000hrs) or an educational degree. Other than investigative experience/ education, to become a Private Investigator in Indiana, you need to meet basic Private Investigator requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you do "not" need to take a government approved PI licensing course or test (most other places you do). In Indiana, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience/ education to The Board, you will get your Indiana PI business license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, Indiana does not. However, being employed under a licensed Indiana PI agency is similar to a beginner’s PI license. This is where your struggle will begin.
Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Indiana is just being support staff to an Indiana PI agency. Your Indiana PI agency employer will register you with the government. This will allow you to work for a 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 Indiana PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced 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 operations. This is why practical Private Investigator education and training specifically for Private Investigators is necessary.