Training to become a PI

Private Investigator Courses

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Certificate 3 in Investigative Services

To become a PI you have to get a licence. To get a PI licence you have to have the Certificate 3 in Investigative Services. However, if you do not need a PI licence, but want to be an investigator for government, then you need the Certificate 4 in Government (and its variations).

There are additional requirements to be eligible to apply for a PI licence. These requirements are not the same in all states and territories.

[ Review licensing rules in Australia's states and territories ]

The certificate course

The nationally recognised course is the Certificate 3 in Investigative Services CPP30607 which consists of 15 units of the National Training Package:

  • BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development
  • CPP3001A Maintain workplace safety in the security industry
  • CPP3009A Prepare and present evidence in court
  • CPP3012A Store and protect information
  • CPP3026A Work effectively in the investigative services industry
  • CPP3027A Develop investigative plan
  • CPP3028A Compile investigative report
  • CPP3029A Provide quality investigative services to clients
  • CPPSEC3032A Gather information by factual investigation
  • FNSMERC304B Locate subjects
  • CPP3030A Conduct surveillance
  • CPP3031A Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle
  • CPPSEC3034A Operate information gathering equipment
  • CPP3033A Conduct interviews and take statements

You have to complete this course with a Registered Training Organisation. One of the largest and reputable is ASSI which stands for the Australian School of Security and Investigation. We recommend this RTO because we are friends of Adrian Francis, the principal, a man held in highest regard by thousands of former PI students. He is a extensivey qualified and experienced investigator. Adrian is a fantastic trainer who gets top feedback from students all the time. ASSI delivers the course in a combination of online and face to face tuition with lots of real-life and hands-on challenges and practice.

Find out more at ASSI

Advanced Surveillance Course

ASSI also conducts specialist surveillance training for private investigators. This is an advanced program for government & commercial investigation professionals. Surveillance training based on current methodologies incorporated by most if not all specialist law enforcement surveillance teams working in Australia.

Advanced Surveillance Course


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