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Introduction to Private Investigation

Introduction to Private Investigation

Also Available: Introduction to Private Investigation (Alberta)

Private investigation is a diverse profession requiring a broad range of knowledge and skills. During the course of a career, a private investigator will work in many different areas: from insurance fraud and corporate crime to missing persons and executive protection. In every case, a private investigator must be equipped with basic skills and strategies to ensure effective outcomes for clients.

Introduction to Private Investigation is a comprehensive training course for individuals seeking to obtain the essential knowledge and skills necessary to enter this industry.

Delivered in four modules, this online course is equivalent to 60 hours of classroom instruction and covers the following learning areas:

  • Part I: Licensing, Liability and Safety (2.5 hours)
  • Part II: Legal (5.5 hours)
  • Part III: Basic Tools of the Trade (7.5 hours)
  • Part IV: Technological Aids (4.5 hours)

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This course meets legislated knowledge-based training requirements for individuals seeking a private investigator's security license in the provinces of British Columbia (see BC Government News Release). It has also been approved as the recommended training standard for the Province of Saskatchewan. It is currently under review by provincial Registrars in other jurisdictions across Canada.


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Target Audience

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing to obtain a Private Investigator's license in Canada. It may also serve as a useful refresher for experienced investigators. Furthermore, this course will be of value to anyone in a career where investigation is an essential skill, including security, public safety, wildlife and fisheries conservation, environmental investigation, human resources, litigation support, social services, and other government ministries that conduct investigations.


Provincial License Exam Requirements

Testing requirements to acquire a private investigator license may vary from province to province. If available, exam information is provided below. Otherwise, candidates are encouraged to contact their provincial government department for additional information.

>> Private Investigation Licensing Exam Information
Updated July 2, 2015 - Provides exam information for the provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Please note PSTNetwork has adopted a new exam cancellation policy.

Practice Makes Perfect -- Take the IPI Sample Exam!

PSTNetwork offers a Sample Exam on essential aspects of the Introduction to Private Investigation learning content. Before you attempt the provincial exam for your PI license, the Sample Exam is an excellent opportunity to test your knowledge and improve your chance for success!

To register, submit a Registration Form indicating Introduction to Private Investigation Sample Exam under the Course Title section.

Price:   $25.00


Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by the Professional Investigators' Association of British Columbia.


Looking for PI Employment in BC?

In the province of British Columbia, a PI must be an employee of a provincially licensed private investigation firm. If you’re looking for private investigation employment opportunities* in BC, please contact the Professional Investigators' Association of BC (PIABC) for a list of employers.

Professional Investigators' Association of BC
7164 - 120th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 3M8


* Prospective employees must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed the required Introduction to Private Investigation training course and associated exam.