Obtain your nationally recognised IQ Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation (RQF).

Develop your investigative knowledge and skills, learn the operational and business aspects of the profession, how to set up and manage your investigation agency, obtain your officially recognised qualification, open the door to a fantastic new and exciting career and be ready to take your first steps in obtaining new clients.

Through the Academy of Professional Investigation you will receive first class training via courses written by professional qualified investigators with many years of operational experience in the investigation industry.

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What’s stopping you?

Can I get funding?

Learning usually costs something, whether you’re planning to do a full-time, part-time or self-study course. Here you can find information and advice on how to pay for your learning, what support is out there for you and where to find it.

Is learning good value?

Learning new skills may cost a little — but not learning new skills can cost you more in the long run. If you’ve decided that becoming a private investigator is the career for you then getting the right skills and qualifications from the onset is a valuable investment into your future. The Academy’s IQ Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation (RQF) will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful, competent and professional private investigator.

Make sure you check all sources of funding. What you are eligible for usually depends upon your circumstances and which subject you’re planning to study.

What is distance learning and is it for me?

Studying from home is often known as distance learning. You will get your course materials through the internet and a tutor will support you by email. A tutor will support you by email or post. ‘Correspondence courses’ and ‘home study’ are different terms for distance learning.

You might like home study if:

  • your work or domestic schedule is irregular and you can’t study at the same time each week
  • you look after children or relatives at home
  • you prefer to work at your own pace
  • you work overseas and want to get a UK qualification

Am I too old to start a new career?

You can take up learning at any stage in life but it is often more rewarding and enjoyable when you’re older because you’ve usually chosen to do it rather than had to. Many of our students have decided upon becoming a private investigator later in life an after retiring from their career including those from the police force and military.

I don't have any previous experience in investigation does that matter?

No, anyone can become a private investigator. Whilst it’s true to say many ex-police officers may have a slight initial advantage due to their knowledge of criminal law, it is certainly not a requirement. Private investigation focuses on mainly civil matters, something ex-police will have little or no knowledge of. In fact many former and serving police officers have gained their qualifications through the Academy.

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