Private investigation is a diverse profession requiring a broad range of knowledge and skills. During the course of a career, a private investigator will work in many different areas: from insurance fraud and corporate crime to missing persons and executive protection. In every case, a private investigator must be equipped with basic skills and strategies to ensure effective outcomes for clients.
Introduction to Private Investigation – British Columbia is a comprehensive training course for individuals seeking to obtain the essential knowledge and skills necessary to enter this industry. Content for this course was provided by the Professional Investigators’ Association of British Columbia.
This course meets legislated knowledge-based training requirements for individuals seeking a private investigator’s security license in the provinces of British Columbia. It is currently under review by provincial Registrars in other jurisdictions across Canada.
Delivered in four modules, this online course is equivalent to 60 hours of classroom instruction and covers the following learning areas:
- Part I: Licensing, Liability and Safety (2.5 hours)
- Part II: Legal (5.5 hours)
- Part III: Basic Tools of the Trade (7.5 hours)
- Part IV: Technological Aids (4.5 hours)
For the full list of modules and associated learning objectives, please see Full Course Description with Learning Objectives.
In the province of British Columbia, a Private Investigator must be an employee of a provincially licensed private investigation firm. If you’re looking for private investigation employment opportunities* in BC, please contact the Professional Investigators’ Association of BC (PIABC) for a list of employers.
* Prospective employees must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed the required Introduction to Private Investigation training course and associated exam.
Practice Makes Perfect: Introduction to Private Investigation Practice Exam!
Professional Security Knowledge Network offers a Practice Exam on essential aspects of the Introduction to Private Investigation learning content. Before you attempt the provincial licensing exam for your Private Investigator license, the Practice Exam is an excellent opportunity to test your knowledge and improve your chance for success!
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing to obtain a Private Investigator's license in British Columbia. It may also serve as a useful refresher for experienced investigators. Furthermore, this course will be of value to anyone in a career where investigation is an essential skill, including security, public safety, wildlife and fisheries conservation, environmental investigation, human resources, litigation support, social services, and other government ministries that conduct investigations.
$600 - This includes the cost of one Provincial Licensing Exam
Provincial Licensing Exam Information
eProctor Canada is a convenient way to write your Provincial Licensing Exam from the comfort of your own home. You will be supervised remotely by a trained and approved proctor all while saving on time and money of traveling to an in-person exam.
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Important Details About Exam Day
- You have two hours to complete 100 multiple choice questions. The passing grade is 70%.
- The Exam is delivered online by eProctor Canada and you will need your Professional Security Knowledge Network login information to access the exam.
- The cost of one exam is included in the price of your course registration. Re-write cost is $100 plus tax.
- Once you have written the exam, our team will send your exam results (pass or fail) to the British Columbia Registrar. This information is a required component of the licensing application process.
How do I apply for my Private Investigator License?
Upon successful completion of the Provincial Licensing Exam, the team at the Professional Security Knowledge Network will email your results (pass or fail) to the Provincial Registrar. To apply for your Private Investigators License please visit the Government of British Columbia’s Security Industry License website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/security-services/security-industry-licensing
Please note that the Professional Security Knowledge Network is not involved in the licensing application or approval process.
Introduction to Private Investigation-BC, is just $600 - This includes the cost of one Provincial Licensing Exam
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