Introduction To Private Investigation – British Columbia

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:

  1. Part I: Licensing, Liability and Safety (2.5 hours)
  2. Part II: Legal (5.5 hours)
  3. Part III: Basic Tools of the Trade (7.5 hours)
  4. 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.

Provincial License Exam Requirements

If you have high-speed internet access and a quiet room in your home, eProctor Canada is a convenient way to write your 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.

To book your exam, successfully complete the Introduction to Private Investigation course and download your certificate. Register for an online exam at eProctor Canada by following these steps.

Note: Your exam fee is included in the price of the course, but you will be required to pay for any re-writes.

For more information about licensing and processing times, visit the Province of British Columbia's website.

Looking for PI Employment in BC?

In the province of British Columbia, a PI 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.

Professional Investigators' Association of BC
7164 - 120th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 3M8

* Prospective employees must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed the required Introduction to Private Investigation training course and associated exam.

Student Subscriptions

The Student Subscription is a way for Students who are involved in a recognized Industry Learning program to connect with The Professional Investigators' Association of British Columbia. If you are enrolled in the PIABC/PSKN Private Investigation course, this is where you can request a copy of the PIABC Course Study Guide.

Practice Makes Perfect: IPI Practice Exam!

PSKN offers a Practice Exam on essential aspects of the Introduction to Private Investigation learning content. Before you attempt the provincial exam for your PI license, the Practice Exam is an excellent opportunity to test your knowledge and improve your chance for success!

To register, submit a Registration Form indicating Introduction to ‘Private Investigation Practice Exam (BC) under the Course Title section.

Price: $25.00

Target Audience
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing to obtain a Private Investigator's license in Canada. 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.


20 hours