To become a licensed Private Investigator in New Zealand does not require investigative experience. The nation of NZ will issue you a New Zealand Private Investigator's license if you meet the basic Private Investigator requirements, have a PI sponsor/ employer, and take a government approved Private Investigator course. When you get your New Zealand PI license, you'll need to know how to perform investigations fit for Private Investigations, such as surveillance. The government course will not teach this. After learning how to perform investigations, you can simply work as a Private Investigator in New Zealand. To become a Private Investigator in NZ that can perform, it is recommended that you first learn how to work investigations relevant to the PI industry, such as surveillance for insurance fraud files. The fact that New Zealand does not have experience or surveillance education requirements does not mean that the quality of investigations is less in New Zealand than in other countries and states. In fact, due to poor state industry standards, having a PI license in general does not make you a qualified Investigator regardless of experience or education requirements. The poor industry standard come from the non-relevant experience most, if not all, states require of you to become a licensed Private Investigator. This non-relevant experience can be education degrees and non-PI investigative experience.