Private Investigator Training with Wilsons Detectives who have branches throughout the UK Hours Variable Starting salary Variable If you enjoy checking information and using logical thinking, this job could be perfect for you. Private investigators carry out secret enquiries for their clients to find out information and check facts. You'll need to have excellent observational skills. Honesty and knowledge of the law are very important. There are currently no set entry requirements to become a private investigator. This is under review and in the future you may need to have completed recognised training and be licenced by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) before you can operate as a private investigator. Experience in a security-related sector would be useful. Work activities As a private investigator, your enquiry work could range from personal issues, for example divorce, to company issues, like suspected theft. You would normally do background research, which may involve asking questions and analysing information. Your work may also include: surveillance fraud investigation (for example, for insurance or accident claims) tracing missing people or pets handing legal documents to people (process serving) investigating commercial piracy (such as copying software illegally) background checks on employees. You would usually work alone and you would often be self-employed. Working hours and conditions Your hours of work could be irregular, and could include nights and weekends. You would work in an office, but you would also spend a lot of time travelling and gathering information.
Income Salaries will vary and can depend on many factors, for instance whether you are self-employed, working for an organisation, the type of case and the length of the investigation. Entry requirements There are currently no set entry requirements to become a private investigator. This is under review and in the future you may need to have completed recognised training and be licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) before you can operate as a private investigator. See the SIA and GOV.UK websites for updates. Security Industry Authority (SIA)GOV.UK - Home Office Experience gained from working in an enforcement or investigative role, for example, in the police, armed forces or local authority would be useful. A driving licence is usually essential for this type of work. If you want to be self-employed, you would need the ability to run your own business, promote your services and have some legal knowledge around information laws and data protection. Check out the websites of professional bodies for more information about becoming a private investigator.
Training and development Once working, your training will vary depending on how you are employed. For example: if you have a franchise with an investigation company, a range of courses may be available as part of your franchise agreement if you are employed by an investigation agency, you will usually receive training on the job from your employer if you are self-employed, you would need to organise your own training. There are training courses and qualifications available that can give you an insight into this career and help you develop your skills. Some are accredited by national awarding bodies, others by the professional bodies themselves.