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Private Investigator Jobs Hawaii- How to Get Hired in HI

Getting Private Investigator jobs is quite easy in Hawaii. Getting to a point where you can "perform well" in these PI jobs will be a challenge. Many states and jurisdictions allow you to get a Private Investigator job unlicensed under a fully licensed PI agency.

So, even though the licensing requirements might be strict, just being able to work a job as a PI will be easy. Information regarding getting a Private Investigator job by working unlicensed is difficult to come by. However, you can find this information by checking out our PI licensing article below:

Once you obtain the type of PI education we have discussed in previous articles you should have a high chance of obtaining a job as a Private Investigator, working under a fully licensed Private Investigator. Not only will you get a job as a PI, you will start to be able to perform professional investigations.

What Education do I Need to Increase my Chance of Getting a Hawaii Private Investigator Job?

To get a Private Investigator job, you need education regarding the PI industry and how to perform PI jobs. There are many jobs a Hawaii PI can perform; however, surveillance and Desk Investigations are the most common.

  1. Learn about the Private Investigator job industry

  2. Learn Desk Investigations

  3. Learn Surveillance for Insurance Fraud Investigations

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Thinking of Getting a Job as a Hawaii Private Investigator?

ICPI Level 100 online Private Investigator Job Training” is the ultimate blueprint to start your exciting and rewarding career as a real Private Investigator.

ICPI will help you start successfully in this amazing new career, even if you know nothing about the job of investigations.

Our team has vetted out the best training and investigative methods so that you can jump-start your journey towards having the meaningful career you’ve always wanted, immediately.

This training system will provide you, a successful detective, with all the templates that you need to succeed. A clear path on becoming a PI, understanding the PI business, becoming a successful PI, and thinking like a detective- all the tools you need to make six figures being an investigative Operative.

To date, this online training system consists of over 100 informational slides, videos, exercises and quizzes that provide a step-by-step path on how to achieve your dream job as a Private Investigator.

ICPI Level 100 takes about two weeks to complete with over 30 hours of high-quality training content that will make you a Private Investigator well on your way to becoming an expert in this fascinating career.


Get a certificate that "actually" matters. When you get certified by Novel Data in the 100 Level course, Hawaii Private Investigator agencies will be aware that you understand the PI industry. This will give you a great competitive edge in the PI job market. Most PI applicants know very little about the PI job they are applying to. Not you. A PI hiring manager will not want to risk turnaround by hiring someone unfamiliar with the industry, they will choose an applicant who is familiar with what will be expected of them. With Novel Data's certification, that applicant will be you!

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How to Become a Hawaii Private Investigator that gets Hired

Yes, you can become a great Hawaii Private Investigator that employers want to hire. How? Through Private Investigator education. Not through the short government licensing course, but through at least 100hrs of practical Private Investigator education. This can be online Private Investigator training classes or in an in-class training environment. In order to become a successful Private Investigator that can land a job, you need to become educated on the complexities of the private investigation industry (this will also help you decide if you want to pursue the PI career) and how to set yourself up to become a successful Private Eye. Secondly, you will need to become educated on how to perform investigations.

To learn the complexities of the job, you will need to understand a few Private Investigator industry topics. Regional licensing requirements for Private Investigators will teach you what you need to obtain your Private Investigator license. To help you decide if you want to enter the career of private investigation you, will have to learn the common misconceptions about the Private Investigation job industry. Understanding the learning curve of a Private Investigator will set you up to become a successful PI and avoid on the job dangers.

Before entering the Hawaii PI job industry, it is useful to know the challenges encountered as a Professional Private Investigator. This will also help you make career decisions. Then you need to learn what you will be doing as a Private Investigator. Learning the areas of specialization as a Professional Private Investigator and types of clients and corresponding file requirements will help with this. You will need to learn how Investigators obtain job assignments and hours of work to determine if this work environment is right for you.

If you are concerned about your ability to perform the job as a Private Investigator, learning what factors will determine your aptitude as a Professional Private Investigator and what makes a “good” Professional Private Investigator will be essential. It is also important to know the physical and health requirements and health considerations. Then there is equipment. Learning about equipment needed in order to get started in a career as a Professional Private Investigator is a must.

Furthermore, you will need to educate yourself on communication devices and their role in private investigation jobs. Lastly and most importantly, you must learn “The Investigative Mindset.” This will teach you how to think like a Private Investigator. After you learn these concepts, you will be well on your way to becoming a Private Investigator even without experience.

After learning the complexities of the Hawaii private investigation job industry, you will need to develop practical skills in various areas. The most important areas are Desk Investigations, Pre-surveillance, surveillance, mobile vehicle surveillance, on-foot surveillance, obtaining evidence, and litigious reporting. To learn Desk Investigations, you will need to understand what is a Desk Investigation, Desk Investigation nomenclature, corroborated/ circumstantial evidence, The Evidence Document, The Desk Investigators Mindset, Google Basics for North America, and social media search basics for North America. Surveillance will be the largest subject to learn. Under this field you should learn about setting up a proper surveillance vehicle, surveillance spot checks, and surveillance set ups for various investigative operations.

As a Private Investigator, you will spend the majority of your time performing investigations solo. This is why learning single person surveillance is crucial. Furthermore, you will occasionally work in surveillance teams, so you will need to learn how to perform surveillance with two or more surveillance operatives. Private Investigators perform a lot of their surveillance jobs from a surveillance vehicle, but also on foot, you will need to learn this also. The entire reason Private Investigators are hired, is to obtain evidence. Obviously, learning how to obtain evidence, mostly in video form, is a must. As a Private Investigator, you will need to obtain quality video that is litigious and that will satisfy your client. At the end of all this, you will need to learn how to create an investigative report that will most likely be used in litigation. After you learn all of this, you will have no trouble getting a job and becoming a successful Private Investigator.

It should be apparent now, why and how you can get a job and become a Private Investigator. Yes, the government licensing course is necessary but it will not set you up for success as a Private Investigator. In fact, employers don't really value licensing courses, they value experience and capability. You will always need at least 100hrs of practical Private Investigator education. You will need to learn the PI job industry, as well as how to perform. In fact, becoming a Private Investigator through proper education will set you up to become more successful than Investigators with many years of experience but who have not developed a strong foundation with proper Private Investigator education.

What You Need to Learn to Become successful in a Hawaii PI Job
  1. Regional licensing requirements for Professional Private Investigators

  2. Common misconceptions about the Private Investigation industry

  3. The learning curve of a Professional Private investigator

  4. Personal challenges encountered as a Professional Private Investigator

  5. Areas of job specialization as a Professional Private Investigator

  6. Types of clients and corresponding file requirements

  7. How Investigators obtain job assignments and hours of work

  8. What factors will determine your aptitude as a Professional Private Investigator

  9. What makes a “good” Professional Private Investigator?

  10. Physical health requirements and health considerations

  11. Job equipment needed in order to get started in a career as a PI

  12. Common terminology

  13. NATO Phonetic Alphabet

  14. The Investigative Mindset

What You Need to Learn to "Perform" Hawaii PI Jobs
  1. How Desk Investigations are performed.

  2. Corroborated & circumstantial evidence

  3. What is evidence & how to structure it properly

  4. The Evidence Document

  5. The Investigative Mindset

  6. Google as an investigative tool.

  7. Background checks

  8. Reverse HI phone lookup

  9. Reverse name search

  10. Reverse email lookup

  11. Reverse address lookup

  12. Open source Intelligence

  13. Bug sweep (TSCM)

  14. Social media & investigative search basics for North America

  15. Daily Gear Protocol

  16. Data & evidence security

  17. Insurance investigations

  18. Surveillance

  19. Surveillance vehicle

  20. Surveillance set-up

  21. Pre-surveillance research

  22. Communication protocols

  23. Clients perspective

  24. Active mobile surveillance two or more investigators

  25. Skill vs, luck and circumstances

  26. Risk vs. reward

  27. Subject identification

  28. Understanding & managing Heat

  29. Traffic conditions

  30. Driving methods for different areas or environments

  31. Filming best practices

  32. Organizational necessities

  33. Transitioning to foot surveillance

  34. Transitioning back to a surveillance vehicle

  35. Mobile foot surveillance

  36. Gearbag

  37. Required equipment

  38. Identifying the subject

  39. Clothing and props

  40. The physics or mechanics of foot surveillance

  41. Covert equipment & techniques

  42. On foot following techniques & best practices

  43. Transitioning in and out of buildings

  44. Video framing and quality

  45. Forensic investigations

  46. Executive protection

  47. Security measures

  48. Reporting


About the Author

Get Hired as a HI Private Investigator

Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years as a Professional Private Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations and security operations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous investigative & security training programs in various capacities.


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