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Certificate in Professional Investigations

New course coming April 1st 2018. Enrollments now open for April 1st start.

This course is designed for those involved or wanting to become involved in the professional (private & organisational) investigations process. This includes:

  • Criminal
  • Fraud
  • Financial inquiries
  • Criminal Defence research
  • Missing persons 
  • Health & Safety 
  • Internal
  • And more...

Successful completion of the course establishes a base level of professional skills for those wishing to apply for a New Zealand Security Licence or Certificate of Approval (Private Investigator category) and commence a career as a professional investigator.

We have designed the course to be consistent with the Australian Qualifications Certificate III in Investigative Services as well as the United Kingdom Institute of Professional Investigators (IPI) Level III Professional Investigators' course. This course also prepares the learner for further study for international professional certification with the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and ACFE

Topics include: 

  • Characteristics of a Professional Investigator
  • Professional Investigations - Law and Ethics
  • Managing clients and cases
  • Developing investigative plans 
  • Providing quality investigative services 
  • Conducting interviews and taking statements 
  • Gathering information by factual investigation 
  • Conducting surveillance 
  • Locating Subjects - Trace investigations
  • Compiling investigative reports
  • Preparing and presenting evidence in court 
  • And more…

COURSE COSTS: $800 (Including GST).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS / PRE-REQUISITES: There are no special entry requirements for this course, however having completed the National Certificate in Security Level 3 would be an advantage.

DURATION: This course must be completed within 12 months of commencement.

ENROLMENTS: Enrolment can be carried out at any time by contacting our office on 


COURSE START DATES: As this course is completed by distance you are able to start whenever is convenient for you.


For further information regarding C4 courses please go to our Student Information page.