How to Become a Private Investigator in Nova Scotia

To become a licensed Private Investigator in Nova Scotia does not require investigative experience or a Private Investigator course/ Private Investigator training. The province will issue you a Nova Scotia Private Investigator's license if you meet basic Private Investigator requirements and have a PI sponsor/ employer. You will need to apply through a Nova Scotia PI agency. When you get your Nova Scotia PI license, you'll need to know how to perform investigations fit for Private Investigations, such as surveillance. After learning how to perform investigations, you can simply work as a Private Investigator in Nova Scotia for a PI agency. You need a PI business license to work for yourself. To become a Private Investigator in Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia does not have experience or education requirements does not mean that the quality of investigations is less in Nova Scotia than in other provinces. In fact, due to poor 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, provinces require of you to become a licensed Private Investigator. This non-relevant experience can be education degrees and non-PI investigative experience.

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  1. Be 18yo or older.

  2. Be a citizen.

  3. Have a clean criminal record.

  4. Be sponsored by a NS PI agency.