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    Default PRIVATE INVESTIGATION licence requirements

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    Sorry people new to how to use this site, i'm wanting any other information on the the requirements you need to gain the licence for a private investigator as I completed a level 4 Diploma in this industry and I also have experience. I have been informed that there have been some endorsed courses from the S.I.A and my Qualifications may not meet the requirements.

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    This may help.
    PI's to need a licence
    Not sure any prior learning will be taken into account though....

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    MW,

    There are currently 2 awarding bodies that I am aware of that are recognised for licensing when this comes into effect, these are EDI and IQ, please note that these courses are CURRENTLY at a level to be recognised by the SIA. This means that based on the final outcomes and occupational standards that are set, the 2 courses may or may not be recognised.

    The fact that both awarding bodies have stated that their quals are currently acceptable should go a long way to indicate that these will be the standards and any difference would be slight. With the IQ (Industry Qualifications) qualification, there is an opportunity to map your previous qualifications and experience over and then for these to be assessed in order to establish if they/you are suitable for further assessment without any further training (exams x 2).

    As a training provider we are currently running the Industry Qualifications Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF), students who have passed this course have been loaded up to the IQ online system and we have undertook SIA compliant checks on these persons identity in line with other SIA qualifications.

    It may be worth you contacting the office tomorrow to discuss your options and whether you can fast track, although the requirements will be stringent but as long as you have the experience and qualifications behind you then all should be ok.

    You can either PM me or contact CTR Services, information can be found here: Level 3 Professional Investigator

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR Services Ltd View Post
    You can either PM me or contact CTR Services, information can be found here: Level 3 Professional Investigator
    Kinell!!!! How much for 5 a five day class room based course??

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    The course i studied is accredited at*Level 4 by NCFE an awarding body recognised by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I studied this course with the Blackford centre for private investigations. I studied about 16 modules to which I need to find my certificate for to find out what once I have contacted the S.I.A in regards to this matter and still awaiting feed back.

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    Keep trying them to gain clarification on it although you may struggle to reach someone that has knowledge of this sector, admittedly licensing is still up in the air at present although there are certain indicators in place and if there are any drastic changes to the NOS then we will deliver these to past students included in the initial course fee.

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    All,

    I posted this in a different thread...

    The SIA and Surveillance/PI

    This is it from the horses mouth as I attended an ABI / SIA licensing seminar recently where the accrediting bodies were present...

    1. Licensing is expected to be introduced late 2014 for Private Investigation (for PI also read surveillance).

    2. To be licensed you need to be: Clean of a Criminal Record, prove identity, have a Level 3 Award in Professional Investigation.

    3. It will cost 220.00. 110 if you already have an SIA licence for another sector.

    4. The Level 3 Award has to be accredited by EDI or Qi accrediting bodies. It is a 39 hour training course.

    5. You can just sit the assessment without doing the whole course. It is multiple choice but the Qi Award also involves some portfolio based evidence (to make their qual' more credible than the EDI one). Therefore if you have undertaken another PI course (not EDI or iQ) or have experience in the sector, there is no reason why you should not pass the assessment.

    6. Do not talk on this thread about competency (i.e only 39 hours) ... This is a point that I raised at the seminar and evidently the SIA are not interested. Start another thread, if you feel so inclined.........

    7. Regardless of your previous training and experience, you will still need to undertake the PI Award assessment test. Period!

    8. We (ISS Training) will be running these courses and assessment days in the new year. We are updating our website shortly with the assessment dates. We are also compiling a short aide memoir / manual to help you along;o)

    Hope this helps...

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    Further to Pete's input, the offence date, the date when it will become a criminal offence to work as a PI in the UK is likely to be in April 2015.

    If an individual has a conviction for data protection offences, it is likely that their application would be refused.

    Looking further ahead, a business licence will be required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conwy View Post
    the date when it will become a criminal offence to work as a PI in the UK is likely to be in April 2015.

    Looking further ahead, a business licence will be required.
    Regarding BL I asked that specific question at a roadshow and they said there were no plans in place to include PI although further on I can see it happening.

    As for the offence date where did that come from? I would have thought the SIA would have been far too swamped with the BL to cope with a another few thousands of further applications?

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