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Private Investigator

private investigator trainingProgram Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 100
Student Tuition: $1,499.99


Have you looked at linking clues in order to uncover facts about legal, monetary, or personal issues? Private investigator jobs are interesting, stimulating and occasionally daring; however being a private investigator is also a serious and valuable career. Private investigators team up with executive, business, and celebrity security; pre-employment verification; and also personal background profiles. Some investigate computer crimes and other people provide assistance in criminal as well as civil liability cases, insurance claims and fraud cases, child custody as well as protection cases, missing-persons cases, and premarital screening. They are sometimes hired to investigate individuals in order to verify or disprove infidelity. Our distance learning private investigator training program will offer guidance on surveillance, information gathering, interview techniques, various methods of investigating, insider tips and a lot more! Our Private Investigator training will supply students with relevant, applicable material, offering the essential skills and knowledge for a number of entry level private investigator jobs.

Prerequisite(s): None

Private Investigator Training

After finishing this program, you should be able to:

  • Explain private investigation and the course to making a private investigator.
  • Recognize the resources as well as ins and outs of the private investigating profession.
  • Comprehend the interrogation and interview process and numerous points to consider.
  • Recognize approaches of monitoring and kinds of basic investigations.
  • Describe different sorts of evidence and how the civil courts process information.


Private Investigator

Private Investigator Module 1
Private Investigation, Business or Fun?

  • Tracking Down America’s First PI
  • Doing In-House Investigations
  • Obtaining Your Licenses
  • Protecting Yourself with Insurance or Bonds
  • Pulling Back the Curtains on Privacy Laws
  • Finding Your Clients
  • The Internet and Your Business
  • Getting Behind the Wheel
  • Shooting Your Subjects. . . with a Camera
  • Recording the Facts
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Private Investigator Module 2
Skip Tracing and Prowling Around

  • Zeroing In on the Right Search
  • Knowing What Names to Use in Your Search
  • Getting to Your Subjects Through Their Spouses
  • Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Curing the Plague of Social Security Truncation
  • Using Military Locators
  • The Local County Courthouse
  • The Civil Court System
  • Bankruptcy Courts
  • Reducing or Eliminating Your Alimony Payments

Private Investigator Module 3  
Professional PI Databases and Secrets You Need To Know

  • Getting the 411 Quickly and Efficiently
  • Researching the Big Three: The Credit Bureaus
  • When to Look
  • What You Might Find in the Credit Report
  • Public Records
  • Verifying Nonpublished Records
  • Tracking Down the Location of Pay Phones
  • Use a Spoofing Service
  • Breaking the Cell Number
  • Examining Cell Phones for Other Data

Private Investigator Module 4
On the Job Training

  • Techniques of Interview and Interrogation
  • Getting Witnesses to Talk to You
  • Interrogating Suspects
  • Taking Copious Notes
  • Recording the Interview
  • Neighbors Know More Than You Think
  • Knocking on Doors
  • Working Premise Liability Cases
  • Being Discreet with the Neighbors
  • Keeping an Eye Out for Other Trouble

Private Investigator Module 5     
Setting Up Surveillance

  • Picking the Site
  • Fixed-Mobile Surveillance
  • Listening to what Empty Houses Have to Tell You
  • Getting Rousted by the Cops
  • Eternal Vigilance
  • Going It Alone
  • Follow the Other Person
  • Don’t Play Follow the Leader
  • Effective Foot Surveillance
  • Positioning

Private Investigator Module 6 
Tricks of the Trade and Following Clues

  • Getting Down and Dirty: Trash Covers
  • Identifying the Subject
  • Getting Travel Details
  • Getting Your Subject to Leave the House
  • Proving the Hotel Stay
  • Trusting Your Gut
  • Hang-Up Telephone Calls
  • Need a Little Privacy
  • Missing in Action
  • Right to Privacy on the Spouse’s Computer

Private Investigator Module 7
Tracking Family

  • A Bird in the Hand
  • Who’s Watching the Kids
  • Working the Gray Areas
  • Hidden Cameras and Expectation of Privacy
  • The Ex, the Children, and the Boyfriend
  • Evaluating the Situation
  • Tracking ‘Em Down
  • Plaster the Country with Photographs
  • Checking the Credit
  • Tracking the Cell Phone

Private Investigator Module 8
Electronic Surveillance and Criminal Defense Cases

  • Bugged or Tapped:  It’s Terminology
  • Finding Taps in Your Home
  • How Phones Work
  • Locating the Junction Box
  • Legalities
  • The Discovery Evidence
  • The Crime Scene
  • Prison and Jail Visits
  • When a Private Investigator Uses an Informant
  • Paying for Your Informants

Private Investigator Module 9
Advanced Techniques

  • General Background Checks
  • Finding the Date of Birth
  • The Sometimes Not-So-Civil Cases
  • Starting a Brand New Company
  • Obeying the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Locating Addresses
  • Checking with Regulatory Agencies
  • Searching Records
  • Checking Professional PI Databases
  • Filing Your Affidavit

Private Investigator Module 10
Evidence, Statements, Reports, Bookkeeping and Chambers

  • Sifting Through the Evidence
  • The Format for the Recorded Statement
  • Originals and Duplicates
  • The Digital Age
  • Video
  • Show Me the Money
  • Collecting a Retainer
  • Accepting the Subpoena
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Dispositions
  • The Cross-Examination

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Private Investigator

Materials Included:

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, by Steven Kerry Brown

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)