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The Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF) is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as Professional Investigators.

It focuses on how to research information from various sources; gather information through interviews; and have an overview of surveillance operations, both overt and covert; on gathering information in support of an investigation; planning and reporting investigations.

This includes identifying the objectives of the investigation; dealing with conflicts of interest; and how to report and present the findings on the investigation.

The qualification also deals with maintaining the security and confidentiality of all information during the investigation.

Throughout, there is also the requirement of knowing and complying with the laws and regulations relevant to carrying out investigations.

This qualification is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Private Investigators and Pre- Cognition activities

Regulatory News on Private Investigators (Detectives)


On 31 July 2013 the Home Secretary announced the Government's intention for the SIA to regulate private investigation activities, starting some time in 2014.

The current arrangement, under which the system is not regulated, allows anyone to work as a private investigator, regardless of their skills, experience or criminal convictions.

The Home Office is introducing new regulation of private investigators to put a stop to this and help ensure the public is protected against unscrupulous activity.

We will only grant a licence when an applicant has successfully:

As with other sectors of the private security industry, all applicants will need to meet these standards in order to receive a licence. This includes any contractors working on private investigations for companies.

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the licensable activities of private investigations.

The Home Office intends to review this definition to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.


People who have completed or shown interest in this Private Investigation Course have also shown interest in:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Financial Crime

BS7858 Security Screening and Vetting

Conflict Management Level 2

Private Investigation Level 3