The Institute of Professional Investigators

The UK's first choice for Professional and Private Investigators.

Do you need an Investigation or Surveillance project undertaking?
Do you want that work done by trained, qualified and vetted Professionals ?
That’s exactly what you get if you use an IPI Investigator.

Our team will match your requirement with the most suitable Investigator based on their skills and the location of the work.

Members of the IPI are working with National and International companies, Law Society members, UK law enforcement agencies and private clients.

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About Us

Since 1976, 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. The management of the Institute is vested in a Board of Governors consisting of elected participants.


Start your Investigative career or keep your career on track with IPI training and development courses


We are the first choice for UK Professional and Private Investigators


We are committed to promoting safe practice by our members in accordance with Health and safety legislation. We will support, advise and guide members in best practice to ensure safety in the workplace.


We are committed to maintaining and supporting our members achieving high level of knowledge and experience in our chosen profession.


We promote accountability by our members to their clients


We are committed to working collaboratively and cooperatively with each other to bring about the outcomes we seek.


We promote our members dealing honestly, ethically and lawfully with their clients, staff and business partners.


We are committed to ensuring that our members are at the forefront of development and advancement of services in the Investigative sector for corporate and private clients.

How to get started

Step 1

Apply for IPI membership.

Membership type will be dependant on your experience and relevant investigative qualifications. Your application and credentials will be vetted by our team.

Step 2

Membership granted

Once your membership is granted you will be listed on the IPI database and other exclusive IPI workshare forums. You can use your IPI membership to promote your business. and will have the right to use the coveted MIPI credentials after your name.

Step 3

Why wait ? Apply now to become a member of the Institute.

Click here to complete your online application form.

Enrol in the IPI Professional Investigators Foundation Course?

Click the button for sign up.

IPI Endorsed Suppliers

Endorsed suppliers must meet exact requirements and complete an in-depth review process before an endorsement is granted by the IPI Board. The products awarded an endorsement are identified with the IPI Endorsed Supplier logo. The IPI endorses the listed products but not all products offered by the respective companies.

Investigation Video Editor (IVE)

A user-friendly video editing programme designed for private investigators. Void of all the complicated features and effects that are not required when organising surveillance video. IVE allows a user to view video quickly, remove unnecessary content and make important adjustments with ease. 
Deputy Principal of the IPI – Brian Collins highly recommends this product stating “I have used it and found it to be a highly effective editing programme for a one off very reasonable cost”

Andrew from the team at IVE has confirmed IPI members will receive discount on IVE purchases if they contact IVE direct

Surveillance Courses

As the preferred supplier of the IPI Titan Investigations offers, in partnership with the IPI, an accredited RQF 5 day intermediate Level 4 Surveillance course with Skills for Justice.
 The cost of the course is £1300.

Detego® Digital Forensics

The Detego® Unified Forensics Platform is an end-to-end suite of modular digital forensics tools that are used by Military, Law Enforcement, Intelligence Agencies and Enterprise Organisations for both rapid field-based data acquisition and triage as well as lab-based instant automated analysis and advanced analytics.
Detego® is the de facto standard within the FVEY community (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA) thanks to its world’s fastest bit for bit imaging, rapid triage, mobile device extraction and media acquisition solutions.
Detego® is produced by MCM Solutions headquartered in Britain with a global presence of distributors and resellers.
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