How to Become a Private Investigator in Vermont
Updated: Jun 19
Becoming a Private Investigator in Vermont 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. In Vermont, the government body that controls licensed Investigators is the State Board of Private Investigative and Security Services. So, it is The Board that will have a list of approved PI licensing courses. Once you submit the proof of your ability to meet the requirements and completion of the licensing course to The Board, you will get your PI beginner’s license. This is where your struggle will begin.
Your Private Investigator beginner’s license equivalent in Vermont is just being support staff to a Vermont agency. Your Vermont PI agency will register you with the government and get you an employee ID card. Before this happens, you will need to complete a Vermont required Private Investigator course. You will need to contact The Board to get information on accepted PI courses. You will need to complete the course prior to getting registered under a Vermont Private Investigator agency. This will allow you to work for a 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 Vermont PI agency. However, the term “under supervision” will be in namesake only. You will not be supervised or guided by an experienced Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Investigators is necessary.
This lack of guidance is why so many new Vermont Private Investigators burn out and quit and why many experienced 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 Vermont with no Private Investigator experience or education. The required Vermont PI course you took will likely focused on legal matters with no real practical Private Investigator training or topics. 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 loosing 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 of an industry and get 2 years (full time average) of Vermont PI experience or law enforcement experience, you be qualified to work for yourself with your own Vermont PI agency. Hopefully, when you are hiring new Private Investigators, you will appreciate the importance of proper PI education.