What is a career as a Private Investigator like?

cache_160_GuyOnPhoneOne of the great things about becoming a private investigator is that no two days are ever the same.  You could be on a surveillance watching a house or premises in order to film various comings and goings the next day you could be:


  • following someone in your car to get evidence for a client
  • making enquiries to trace a missing person
  • serving court documents on behalf of a solicitor
  • working for an insurance company investigating a fraudulent claim
  • investigating a road traffic accident for a lawyer
  • travelling abroad on a foreign assignment for a company of private client

There are many and varied investigations carried out by private investigators involving assignments in criminal, civil and personal matters.

Through the IQ Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation (RQF) Course you can;

  • be your own boss
  • become a competent and thorough private investigator
  • have an interesting and exciting job
  • receive respect and admiration from others
  • and have a financially rewarding NEW career in private investigation.

What is a Private Investigator or Private Detective

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The chances are that you are not quite sure! Most people have gained their knowledge of private investigation from fictional TV series and books which have exaggerated and glamorised the investigation business.

Although much of this is untrue there are still jobs that offer the interest, excitement and job satisfaction of becoming a private investigator.

A private investigator also known as a private detective or inquiry agent carries out investigations and enquiries on behalf of clients to obtain information and confirm facts. Their clients include the legal profession, commerce, industry and the general public.

IQ Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation (RQF)

The IQ Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation (RQF) has been designed primarily for those people who have no little or no private investigation experience or qualifications. It is a comprehensive A to Z teaching course containing 12 modules which make up 5 units which equate to 240 hours of learning. The final exam consists of a workbook with 46 short answer questions covering all 5 units. There is no time limit to complete the workbook. The time required to complete the course will very much depend on the amount of time and effort that you are willing to devote. Normally students studying on a part time basis will take three months to complete the course however; we have had students who have studied on a full time basis complete it within six weeks. The course offers all the knowledge that an investigator would require to enter the industry as a fully competent professional.