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, when Home Secretary, gave an undertaking 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 Institute.

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 this issue.