How to Become a Private Investigator in Pennsylvania

To become a Private Investigator in Pennsylvania is different from most other places. The difference is that Pennsylvania does not require much for you to work as a PI for a Pennsylvania Private Investigator agency. A Private Investigator course or Private Investigator training is not even needed. You simply need to be registered as support staff for a Pennsylvania PI agency. However, you won’t have a full Pennsylvania Private Investigator's license PI but you can work as one. This can be viewed as you being a Private Investigator under supervision. A full Pennsylvania PI license allows you to work for yourself (your own business). This requires you to have previous investigative experience (three years). Other than investigative experience, to become a Private Investigator in Pennsylvania, you need to meet basic PI requirements such as age, language proficiency, and other usual Private Investigator requirements of this nature. Furthermore, you do "not" need to take a government approved PI course/ test (most places you do). In Pennsylvania, the government body that controls licensed Private Investigators is the individual county court system you are in. You will need to contact your Clerk of Court to obtain an application for a full Pennsylvania PI license. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and experience to the county, you will get your Pennsylvania full PI license. Most jurisdiction will have a PI beginner’s license, Pennsylvania does not. However, being registered support staff is similar to a beginner’s PI license. This is where your struggle will begin.

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Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Pennsylvania is just being support staff to a Pennsylvania PI agency. Your Pennsylvania PI employer will register you with the government. This will allow you to work for a Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Pennsylvania 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 Inve