Institute of Professional Investigators
For over 36 years, the Institute of Professional Investigators has sought to encourage and promote its members to achieve and maintain a high standard of professionalism whilst engaged in their investigative activities.
Our organisation is the only “Institute” within the private investigation sector in the United Kingdom. We consider our membership to be truly representative of the investigation sector.
New Identification Cards
The licensing threshold for private investigators is as clear as it ever will be. It just remains for the Government, SIA
or another agency to enact it. Given that Theresa May the Home Secretary and likely next Prime Minister gave an
undertaking 3 years ago that this would occur in 2014 and it has continually slipped - in fact it has been doing so
consistently since 2001 - we have decided to recognise those members of the IPI who have taken the trouble to study for
and pass the required NVQ Level 3 examination.
Given that a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring
Service) check is already an IPI requirement,
members who have passed the independent IQ
exam are invited to submit a recent photograph in
jpeg or other image format in order to receive an
updated IPI 'Accredited Investigator' ID Card. It is
hoped that this will introduce a further element of
trust and credibility to the Industry in what appears to
be a further period of governmental paralysis.
Non-members who have passed the qualifying exam
are invited to apply to the Institute for membership
and on acceptance of their application and
supporting academic achievement will likewise
be IPI accredited. Non-members who have yet to
take the qualifying exam are invited to contact our
office if they wish to take the exam and seek IPI
accreditation through successfully passing the exam
and being accepted as a member. Note that our
accreditation and the ID card will ONLY be provided
to IPI participants.
We are not acting as an agent of the Government
in this offer, but as a professional institute seeking
to provide a regime by which members of the public
and companies can be reassured that an investigator
is of good character and can demonstrate that
s/he has achieved the threshold competence level.
In doing this we recognise that all IPI members
technically hold a higher level of qualification but
as this is the SIA-set expectation, and one which is
objectively set, assessed and unlikely to change,
the Board felt that using it for this purpose was
appropriate. Naturally, anyone contacting the office
will be appraised of the higher expectations of your
For those wishing to undergo further training
in investigative skills the IPI offers a range of
distance learning and classroom courses, along
with exemptions and exam opportunities. And on
that particular note, see the details of the AGM in
Help and advice for those seeking a career as a Professional and Private Investigator.
Do you want the best possible quality of work carried out in respect of the investigation you would like undertaken? Do you want to ensure that the information has been obtained lawfully and therefore in a manner that will be acceptable and valuable if and when your issue results in a court hearing?
Find an investigator
The Institute's online Foundation Course has been running now for eight years and has become very popular as an entry point into the world of professional and private investigation. Study at home at your own pace.
The following publications, What price privacy? and When can I disclose information to a private investigator? have been by the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ipo.gov.uk) and would be of interest and use to investigators in all sectors. Copyright remains with the ICO.
Professional Indemnity insurance for IPI members
The Institute of Professional Investigators (IPI) has developed in partnership with insurance broker Kerry London Ltd a discounted Professional Indemnity solution exclusively for IPI members.
Letter from Lord Taylor regarding Licensing
Deputy Principal James Harrison-Griffiths has recently received a response to his letter to Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP from Lord Taylor of the SIA with an update on licensing.
Attorney General’s guidelines on disclosure 2013
Revised guidance on how to apply the disclosure regime contained in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 can be downloaded from the Government Website (Published: 3 December 2013)
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IPI and IQ
The IPI is now working closely with IQ to ensure that the online Foundation Course meets the necessary industry criteria.