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EJM Investigations Private investigators training course

EJM Investigations does not currently offer a training course for private investigation or process serving. However, there are numerous training providers offering such courses. The advice of our experienced private detectives is to attend a course provided by one of the trade associations, such as the ABI ( or the IPI (

There are a lot of fraudulent training providers out there, offering guaranteed income and work opportunities. The advice of EJM Investigations is to stick to a reputable provider and don't be swayed by promises which cant possibly be kept.

If you would like any assistance in finding a provider, or any information about the industry we are always happy to help and can be contacted here:


On 31 July 2013 the Home Secretary announced the Government’s intention for the SIA to regulate private investigation activities. This will affect both those in the business and those hoping to enter it, ensuring a minimum set of standards.

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the licensable activities of private investigations. According to the Act you will need an SIA licence if you are involved in any surveillance, inquiries or investigations that are carried out for the purposes of:

  • Obtaining information about a particular person or about the activities or whereabouts of a particular person; or
  • Obtaining information about the circumstances in which, or means by which, property has been lost or damaged.

This Level 3 course will provide in-depth knowledge on how to research information from various sources, gather information through interviews and provide an overview of how surveillance operations (both overt and covert) can assist in gathering information to support an investigation and how that information can be used. You will enhance your private detective skills in preparing for and in presenting the findings of investigations to various clients. Any investigation conducted must be done in accordance with the law and in accordance with best practice guidelines. You will learn how to collate and corroborate evidence for Criminal and Civil investigations and the key differences of what is and isn’t acceptable in each case.

The award is suitable for a range of specialist investigatory areas including:

  • Loss Prevention
  • Competitor Profiling
  • Insurance fraud investigations
  • Legal Investigations
  • Employee disputes and Investigations
  • Matrimonial Investigations
  • Surveillance Operators

Online E-learning

Most providers now offer the option of online learning and the cost of such courses is usually relatively cheap. £300-£500 is quite common. The advantage of such courses is that you can learn at your own pace, and have the support of a tutor, who is often an experienced private detective or process server themselves.


Advanced Foot & Mobile Surveillance Course

The Level 3 award is a fantastic introduction to private investigation, but provides little of practical experience. We recommend any person wanting to start employment in the investigation industry should compliment the level 3 with an advanced surveillance course. They are an excellent course to compliment the Investigation level 3 and together these provide newcomers all the skills to work competently as investigators. This type of course can be found with well respected providers such as ISS (

This type of course aims to enhance the operators ability and skills in navigation, radio commentary, reporting skills and memory techniques.

A technical surveillance course is also available for those wishing to further their professional development and gives operators more confidence with the range of hi tech equipment you will come into contact with as an investigator.

advanced foot and mobile surveillance course