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Private Investigation training curriculum

Your success as a private investigator hinges on your reputation. That's why we designed our Private Investigation training curriculum to provide you with a foundation of professional skills and ethical standards that will help you stand out in the field. Graduate with an understanding of the investigative process for a range of different cases including domestic disputes and child custody, insurance claims, arson, medical malpractice, missing persons, and more. With strong technical, hands-on, and interpersonal skills, you'll have exactly what you need to achieve success as a private investigator.

Curriculum Lessons

Lesson 1: History of Investigation  

Local, state, and federal investigators; what private investigators do; the detective mystique; licensing issues; the third degree; scientific methods and the research revolution in investigating.

Lesson 2: The Investigation Process  

An overview of investigating; qualities and skills you'll need; types of investigations; patterns, leads, tips, and theories; verifying the crime report; the role of ethics; basic techniques.

Lesson 3: Types of Investigations  

Personal injury; insurance fraud; product liability; missing persons; medical malpractice; corporate espionage; background checks; marital cases; wrongful death.

Lesson 4: Crime & Security in the U.S  

Crime defined; public and private crime and protection; private security vs. public law enforcement.

Lesson 5: The Crime Scene  

Protecting, photographing, recording, and reconstructing the crime scene; the command post; preserving and processing evidence; the chain of custody; marking and packaging evidence; the death investigation.

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Program Description

Students will learn the basic skills needed to enter private investigation field. Topics include professionalism; the investigative process; interviewing and interrogating skills; investigative tools and techniques; case management; firearm usage and safety; the different types of investigations.

Program Objectives

After completing the Private Investigation program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the roles and responsibilities of private investigators and the professional skills, personal qualities, and ethical principles private investigators should possess.
  2. Recognize and describe the components of the investigative process and explain the basic steps taken to process crime scenes.
  3. Describe the lawful use of common investigative tools and techniques, such as interrogation, surveillance, fingerprinting, media, and evidence collection as well as the special considerations involving the use of force and firearms.
  4. Recognize and describe the investigative process for different types of investigations, such as domestic disputes and child custody, insurance claims, arson, medical malpractice, missing persons, retail security, loss prevention, and executive protection scenarios.

Pursue opportunities as a private investigator

With an understanding of the proper, lawful techniques for conducting an investigation, you'll build the experience you need to do anything from interview a witness to analyze a crime scene. With access to our Career Tools, you'll get one-on-one guidance and tips for job searching and acing a job interview.

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