How to Become a Private Investigator in Maine
Becoming a Private Investigator in Maine is simple and easy. All you need to do is apply for an "Investigative Assistant's License." This will allow you to work as a Private Investigator for a Maine PI agency. The process for obtaining a full Private Investigator license is similar to most other places: you need to meet basic requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you need to take a government approved PI licensing course or have an accepted education degree. In Maine, the government body that controls licensed Investigators is The Maine State Police, under the department of The Special Investigations Unit. So, it is the SIU that will have a list of approved PI licensing courses/ education. After completing the course/ education, you will need to pass a Maine government PI test. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the licensing course/ test to the state police, you will get your PI license. Most jurisdictions will have a PI beginner’s license, Main does not. However, the Investigative Assistant's License can be viewed as a PI beginner's license. After getting this license, your struggle will begin.
MAINE STATE POLICE- SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
164 STATE HOUSE STATION, AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0164
Your Private Investigator beginner’s license in Maine is the Investigative Assistant's License. It will allow you to work for a Maine PI agency, but you will not be able to work for yourself (your own PI company). This PI license means you must work under the supervision of a fully licensed Maine PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Maine Private Investigator. In fact, PI agencies are not economically structured to have mentor/ student surveillance teams. Furthermore, a Maine licensing course will give you some transferable knowledge but it will not set you up to become a successful Private Investigator. An education degree will give you little to no help working as a PI. 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.
This lack of guidance is why so many new Maine Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced Maine Private Investigators are jaded. On top of this, PI clients with small budgets typically get the new unqualified Private Investigators, nobody wins in this situation. It is also not fair to small PI clients to use their files to haphazardly train new Private Investigators.
So, the time comes for you to work investigations in Maine with no Private Investigator experience or education. The Maine licensing course you took focused on legal matters with no real practical Private Investigator training or topics. Your degree will be of no help. You will always be told by employers that “soon you will get some PI training,” which never happens. It took me over five years to figure out the industry and get good at a few specialized fields. During that time, I struggled and probably lost several hundred thousand dollars due to losing work opportunities from a lack of skill and education. What is sad is that this is a common story in the industry. If you make it through this meat grinder and get a Maine Private Investigator license, you be qualified to work for yourself with your own PI agency. Hopefully, when you are hiring new Private Investigators, you will appreciate the importance of proper PI education.
Maine Private Investigator (Professional Investigator) Requirements
You must be 21yo or older.
You must be an American citizen.
You must have a high school diploma.
You must have a clean criminal and personal record.
After submitting your application, you will be contacted and scheduled to take the Maine PI test.
-Maine approved PI education.
-1200hrs of experience as an Investigative Assistant
-Three years of investigative experience working for a government agency.
-A combination of experience and education.
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