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How to become a Private Investigator

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How to be a private Investigator

Learn from Investigators that have worked in the field and around the world. One of the hardest parts of getting a start as a Private Investigator! is Getting Hired. With Novel Data Investigative Learnings Private Investigator or Private Detective training courses, you will gain knowledge and meaningful tangible skills to reduce or eliminate the risk to employers in hiring someone with little or no experience.

Aspiring Investigators often think about the physical license as the main goal of the start of their journey as a Private Investigator. The regulatory licensing is important but employers view a license, similar to that of a driver's license, its a requirement, but it does not demonstrate or indicate that you have experience or skills to make an immediate positive impact on an assignment or their business. 

When you are new to the Private Investigation or Private Detective industry the fastest way to gain the necessary experience is to Get Hired with a reputable firm. Getting Hired without experience is not likely to happen. So, on one hand, you need the experience to Get Hired and on the other hand, you need to Get Hired to gain experience. This situation is referred to as a 

Catch-22 or a Paradox. 

ICPI - 100 is a totally self-paced online distance learning course. The main purpose is to explain the industry in general and what is generally like when you are new and just starting out. This is important to demystify what people think being a Private Investigator is really like vs. what they think and see in the media, TV, or Films. Once completed your eyes will be wide open and you will be clear that you want to pursue becoming a Private Investigator or not. Students will also understand in general what is valuable before investing in the one thing outside of experience that will enable you to Get Hired, which is TRAINING. 

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The ICPI 100 Course will help you decide and demonstrate to prospective employers that you understand the business and you are even more committed and sure this is the right career path for you. 

Introduction to a Career as a Professional Investigator

ICPI - 100 Course Outline

ICPI - 100 Course Outline

Table of Contents

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1.    Regional Licensing requirements

        for Professional

        Private Investigators

       a)    Regional similarities

       b)    Regional differences

2.   Common Misconceptions about

       the Private Investigation


3.   The learning curve of a

       Private Investigator

4.   Personal challenges encountered

       as a Private Investigator

       a)    Scheduling

       b)    Results

       c)    Financial Investment

       d)    Expectations

5.    Areas of specialization as a

        Private Investigator

       a)    Outline and explanation

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6.    Types of clients & corresponding

        file requirements

       a)    Outline and explanation

7.    How Investigators obtain

        assignments & hours of work

       a)    Surveillance Investigations

       b)    Undercover Investigations

       c)    Desk Investigations

       d)    How results impact more work

8.    What factors will determine    

         your aptitude in Becoming a

         Private Investigator

9.    What makes a “Good” & “Great”,

        Private Investigator?

10. Physical health requirements

       & health considerations

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11. Equipment needed to get started

      as a Private Investigator

    *Equipment Map

       a)    On person gear-bag

       b)    In-vehicle

       c)    Admin equipment – Home office

       d)    Need to have Equipment

       e)    Nice to have Equipment

12. Computers, tablets, and peripherals

13. Common terminology

14. NATO – Phonetic Alphabet 

15. The Investigative Mindset

      a)    Deductive Reasoning

      b)    Critical Thinking

      c)    Esoteric, Instinct or the Sixth Sense

      d)    Case examples

      e)    Demographics

      f)     Pattern Recognition

15 Modules - 101 pages - 13,728 Words

      34 hours

Lesson Plans have not been included in this overview

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Sample Module #2

ICPI 100

Sample Module #3

Navigating the unknown through detailed, insightful firsthand experienced subject matter experts.

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Introduction to a Career as a Professional Private Investigator

How to Become a Private Investigator

ICPI - 101

Successful completion of ICPI 101will empower Students with meaningful & tangible skills that employers are looking for in new hires without the prerequisite experience. Completion of ICPI 101 will build students' confidence and most importantly reduce or eliminate the risk to companies looking to hire “new” inexperienced Investigators.

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In addition, students will attain tangible and applicable skills needed for success as they start their careers and will create a solid foundation for valuable development and successful outcome of investigations. Students will gain skills, clarity, insights, and direction. This will benefit them during their first few years. ICPI 101 will help Investigators to understand what will be required or expected of them while they learn and gain experience, developing them into a reputable sought after established Professional Private Investigator.

This course is taught with world-class Private Investigators, many of whom are still working on assignments but have a passion for teaching, mentoring, and telling meaningful stories. Classes are instructed via live remote video (Zoom Video) an accompanied by a distance learning platform. 

Classes are also offered in an in-person intensive format over consecutive 6 days. Our instructors and or participants will travel to a predetermined location on a predetermined date organized in advance.

* COVID 19 - no in-person classes are being offered at this time due to new social distancing guidelines. We will reschedule and resume our in-person classes when we are able.   

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Our training courses will fill the gap of experience and provide participants with tangible and applicable skills needed for early success.  Our training courses will increase your odds of "Getting Hired" and reduce or eliminate the risk to companies looking to hire “new” inexperienced Investigators.

ICPI - 101 Course Outline

Table of Contents
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1.    What is a Desk Investigation?

a)    How Desk Investigations are                           performed

b)    Desk Investigation file types

2.    Desk Investigation Nomenclature

3.    Corroborated & Circumstantial                     Evidence

a)    What is Evidence & how to Structure it

b)    What is Corroborated Evidence &                    Examples

c)    What is Circumstantial Evidence &               Examples

4.    The Evidence Document

a)    How the document is used abstractly

b)    How the Evidence Document is used             practically

c)    Examples

5.    The Investigative Mindset 

a)    Deductive Reasoning

b)    Critical Thinking

c)    Esoteric, Instinct or the Sixth Sense

d)    Case examples

e)    Demographics

f)    Pattern Recognition

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6.    Desk Investigators Mindset

a)    Technology as a Tool

b)    Mechanics Can Get You

       Far, But Not Far Enough

7.    Google Basics for North America

a)    Google as an Investigative tool

b)    Techniques

c)    Best practices

8.    Social Media & Investigative

       Search Basics for North America

a)    Different browsers

b)    IP challenges and best practices

c)    VPN’s

d)    Facebook

e)    Instagram

f)    Twitter

g)    LinkedIn

h)    Pinterest

i)    Craigslist & Kijiji

9.    Desk Investigation –

       Verify Identify & Expand - 

a)    Best practices and protocols

b)    Verify

c)    Identify

d)    Expand

e)    Data Management


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1.   Daily Gear Protocol

      a)    Purpose of Daily Gear

             Check Protocols

      b)    Process of Daily Gear

             Check Protocols

2.    Data & Evidence Security

       Measures & Protocols

      a)    Devices

      b)    Data management & technology

      c)    Information management

             & exchange

      d)   Physical Intelligence or

             Evidence & challenges

      e)    Evidence chain of custody

3.    File Quick View

4.    Information Data Management

      a)    The Cycle of Data Management

      b)    The First Steps of Information

              Data Management

5.    Verify Identify and

        Expand - 

6).   Sample Pre-Surveillance Report


1.    Surveillance Vehicle

      a)    Ideal vehicles

      b)    Performance

      c)    Tint & sunshades

      d)    Customization

      e)    Necessary equipment

      f)    Need to have &

            nice to have accessories

2.    Spot Checks

3.    Surveillance Set-up

      a)    Scheduling

      b)    Pre-Surveillance Research

      c)    Pre-Surveillance Mapping

      d)    Spot Check Intelligence

      e)    General Considerations

      f)    Best practices

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Mobile Vehicle Surveillance

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1.   Active Mobile Surveillance

       – Single Investigator

      a)    Lead Investigator

      b)    Communication

      c)    Communication Protocols

      d)    Maintaining Surveillance

      e)    Clients Perspective

       f)    Patterns

      g)    Heat

      h)    Challenges

2.    Active Mobile Surveillance

        – two or more Investigators

      a)    Perception & Managing Variables

      b)    Skill vs, Luck and Circumstances

      c)    Risk vs. Reward

      d)    Subject Identification

      e)    Understanding & managing Heat

      f)     Equipment – full list needed & required

      g)    Traffic conditions

      h)    Active mobile surveillance best practices                 & tactics

       I)    Driving Methods for different areas or                        environments

       j)    Surveillance concepts

      k)    Surveillance methods

       l)    Surveillance best practices

     m)    What not to-do

      n)    Situational awareness

      o)    Common locations

      p)    Climate conditions

      q)    Surveillance at night

       r)   Equipment & positioning

      s)    Filming protocols

       t)   Filming best practices

      u)   Organizational necessities

      v)   Transitioning to foot surveillance

     w)   Transitioning back to a surveillance vehicle

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How to become a PI

23 Modules - 269 pages - 37,760 Words

      90 hours

Lesson Plans have not been included in this overview

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File Handling Best Practices 

Coming Soon

FHBP - 2021

​Successful completion of this course will enable an experienced Investigator to advance their career into management.  Course participants will attain skills in file management and best practices.  Completion of FHBP will provide inexperienced or new file/case managers with knowledge and confidence, as this position is an integral part of any investigation.

Novel Data Investigative Learning, exciting professional development for aspiring and experienced Investigators around the world.

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