Institute of Professional Investigators
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IPI Level 3 Professional Investigators' Course

“Due to unanticipated issues, the Institute is suspending the Level III Award to NEW students ONLY until further notice. Further contact will be made with current students shortly. We ask that you be patient while we resolve the issues.”

An Online Home Study Course

The Institute's Foundation course is a comprehensive introduction to the world of Professional Investigation. It provides newcomers with a clear idea of the nature of the business and the areas that may provide a lucrative and rewarding career.

Unlike many other courses, the IPI Course has been developed by fully qualified professional investigators, with years of evidenced experienced and academic qualification behind them.

The course is also unique in that it contains extensive input on management of an investigation using well-researched, practically proven and court-accepted administration system that you could utilise to your benefit, and that of your clients.

It is delivered through a mixture of online notes, interactive tests and tutorial assignments, allowing students to learn at their own pace, and to utilise their new knowledge in their own circumstances.

The course addresses many subjects, including but not restricted to:

The Characteristics of an Investigator – what type of individual carries out effective investigations?

Investigation Method – a proven template applicable to all investigations. If you only learn this methodology you will be able to conduct an effective investigation!

Taking Instructions and Client Relations – make sure you get and retain paying customers.

Statement Taking for Investigators – a core skill for anyone, taught by an experienced police detective and his private investigator counterparts!

Interview Law and Practice – how to elicit information from both the helpful and the obstructive!

Case Management – how to manage an enquiry so that it is successful, your clients needs are met, and expensive mistakes are prevented.

Incident Scenes and Exhibits – how to make sure that your exhibits are properly taken, stored and produced for forensic examination.

Tracing Investigations – need to find someone? Take this lesson and apply the skills personally as well as professionally!

Court Procedures – the law and practical aspects of taking cases to their ultimate end – a court hearing! Investigation by Computer – learn to utilise computers in investigations, an essential skill!

Surveillance and Recording – learn how when to use surveillance, and the practices and pitfalls of selecting a surveillance team.

All this, and specific skills and considerations relating to core investigative practices – process serving, criminal investigation, self-management, and more!

Private investigation course

Students have access to full course
notes, a library and a range of tutors

interactive quiz

Interactive quizes at the end of each
section ensure students have
understood the content

The course is extremely cost effective because it is subsidised by the Institute of Professional Investigators because we, the professional body for the investigation industry, want to make sure that you can be the best, ethical operative you can be. The Institute will recognise your passing of the examination* as a key element of entry into the Institute.

Visit our dedicated investigator training site to find out more and to sign up for the course.

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Student Membership
By signing up for the course, you will become a Student Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators.

At the beginning of the course you will be assigned a tutor who will guide you through the four part learning experience.

In addition to this, you will also have access to other tutors who each have their own area of expertise. In the event that your allocated Tutor cannot answer any questions you may have, the Institute is itself a source of accessible investigation knowledge.

There is also an online library that provides an additional resource to fully explore the work of the professional investigator.

The tutor assignments fall at the end of each module. Your tutor must be satisfied that you have understood that part of the course before allowing you access to the following part.