Fully accredited distance learning school for private investigators

Exterior 1The Academy of Professional Investigation is an established and well-respected investigator training school, which has been in existence since 1997. The Academy in conjunction with IQ [Industry Qualifications] being a UK Government Qualifications Awarding Body provides professional investigative training and offers fully accredited online distance learning courses in professional private investigation. Through the Academy of Professional Investigation you will receive first class training and assessment and will obtain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications in Professional Private Investigation. There are many private investigators working in the UK, Europe and indeed throughout the world who have been beneficiaries of the Academy’s training courses which are all approved by a nationally recognised and accredited Awarding Body.

There are both formative and summative assessments built into the course which will provide you with the tools to develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your ongoing practical achievements and will also provide the foundations for the development of your knowledge base which will be tested in a final examination.

Founder of the Academy of Professional Investigation


Stuart has been a practising professional investigator for over five decades and is:

  • Founder of Nationwide Investigations Group
  • Founder of the Academy of Professional Investigation
  • Co-Founder of the World Association of Professional Investigators
  • Co-Author of the British Process Servers Guide (The Private Investigators Bible)
  • Contributor to the NVQ syllabus in investigation level 3&4
  • A full member of the chartered Management Institute

With Stuart’s impressive achievements it may surprise you to know that he left school at the age of 15 years with no academic qualifications, whatsoever, and joined the Blue Funnel Shipping Company having completed the Duke of Edinburgh “Outward Bound” award.

After travelling the world, having risen from a deck boy to an able bodied seaman, Stuart stepped into the unknown and in 1963 commenced his career in private investigation. He has since proved that anybody can with ambition, determination and perseverance achieve their goal.

With Stuart’s vast experience and guiding hand you can be assured that you too can have a successful career as a Professional Private Investigator.