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How to Become a Private Investigator in Nova Scotia

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To become a licensed Private Investigator in Nova Scotia does not require investigative experience or education. The province of Nova Scotia will issue you a NS Private Investigator license if you meet basic 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. It is recommended that you first learn how to perform 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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An industry standard flaw most places have is regulations regarding law enforcement experience. Most places allow you to obtain a PI license if you have law enforcement experience. Some places also accept non-PI investigative experience to obtain a PI license. The problem with places requiring previous investigative experience is that there is no such thing as equivalent Private Investigator experience. Sure, a career in law enforcement will gain you some transferable skills to bring to the PI world. However, an investigative career outside of PI work will not provide you the skill-set to perform what we do the most: single person surveillance for insurance fraud investigations. Furthermore, PIs typically obtain all evidence via quality and litigious video. This is uncommon for most other investigative careers. Being a police officer will not make you a good PI the same way being a PI will not make you a good police officer.


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Some places also require you to take an approved PI licensing course, not Nova Scotia. However, these courses/ tests typically focus on what laws you need to be aware of. This is of course useful, but new Private Investigators still need to learn how to perform investigations. The required tests/ courses do not focus on what we do most: single person mobile surveillance. Often, these tests/ courses do not not even mention single person mobile surveillance. If you are becoming a PI, you need at least 100 hours of surveillance experience to be able to perform safely and meet client's high standards.


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Another requirement issue is the acceptance of post-secondary degrees. These degrees that are accepted for PI licensing are typically in the criminal justice field. However, some states accept any post-secondary degree. The issue is, having an educational degree will offer almost no help to you in the Private Investigation industry.


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