Professional Investigator Certificate
Private investigation has become a vibrant and intriguing profession. Today, a wide variety of agencies, law firms, insurance companies and government entities rely on savvy investigators who can unearth facts, compile evidence and contribute to the resolution of complex issues. Additionally, the escalation of crime, lack of law enforcement resources, and the need for internal investigations in litigation and corporate security make this a booming and rewarding field.
Taught by a licensed and certified instructor with more than 20 years of investigative management experience, this dynamic course will prepare you for a career as a professional investigator.
High school diploma or equivalent. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.
What You’ll Learn
- Locate pertinent sources of information
- Develop leads as it relates to professional inquiries
- Locate missing persons
- Understand crime scene searches
- Domestic and family law investigations
- Insurance fraud
- Retail security
- Undercover and surveillance operations
- Case management
- Rules of evidence
- Due diligence
- Criminal and civil law
- Search and seizure
- Courthouse searches
- Laws of arrest
- Legal authority
- Report writing
This course exceeds the state education requirements mandated by The Georgia State Board of Private Detectives to take the State Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies Georgia State Licensing Exam. Upon completion of the application, meeting all prerequisites, and successful completion of the exam a student can obtain their license. However, if a student does not meet the prerequisites, they can still take the exam and become a registered private investigator.
Who Should Enroll/Ideal Student
- Individuals interested in becoming a professional investigator
- Retired police officers
- Police detectives
- Military personnel
- Legal professionals
- Corporate security professional
- Insurance investigators
- Interested entrepreneurs
Relevant Industries/Employment Locations
- Insurance Firms
- Private Companies
- Law Firms/Attorneys
- Internal investigator
- Private investigator
- Corporate security investigator
- In-house legal investigator
- Insurance investigator
- Loss prevention
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
- VA Education Benefits
- Continuing education loans
— PIs earn an average of $44,900 a year in the Atlanta market with the top 10% making $70,480 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
— PI jobs in Georgia are expected to grow by 17.5% through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).