How to become a Private Investigator
There are many career choices that are presented to individuals on a daily basis. If one wants to become a Private Investigator (PI for short), here are some useful tips on how to be a private investigator.
First however, we need to explain what is a Private investigator.
“A private investigator or private
detective provides surveillance, investigative, research and
interviewing services to the public, attorneys or businesses.”
What You Will Need
To be a private investigator, one will need a keen attention to detail. PIs normally have to delve through detailed information so one has to be able to recognize and analyze intricate details. One should try to take courses in criminology and law to get the required background.
Many private investigators have
college educations in criminal justice or police science, and taking
classes like this can help one to perform better as a PI. About 34
percent of private investigators have a bachelor’s degree, while
approximately 18 percent have only a high school diploma or GED. There
are private investigator training courses and schools that can also be
beneficial, although they are not required. While attending these
schools, students will very likely participate in real private
investigator work and take part in hands-on activities. While there is
often a hefty fee for private investigator schooling, it can be worth it
to individuals who are serious about the career.
The process of becoming a licensed private investigator varies from state to state but there are two primary ways of going about becoming a private investigator. The first consideration is licensing; all but only a handful of states require a state-issued license to be a private investigator. Each state has different background, education and experience requirements that may vary from simply attending a state-approved training course to pre-licensing education, exams, years of work experience and obtaining a sizable professional liability insurance policy with “errors and omissions” coverage. To make matters just a little more confusing, there are some cities that require private investigators to either register or obtain a municipal license in states that do not otherwise require them.
The second consideration is training. Private investigation specific
training is the most important investment that can be made in one’s
self! Since most new PIs don’t have the ability or are not ready to
start up their own investigations company you will most likely be
looking for employment with an established agency. As an owner of an
established and well respected detective agency, I get resumes all of
the time; the first thing I look for before considering a candidate is
to ask the question, “How has this person invested in themselves before
asking me to invest in them?”
Again these are the basics on how to become a private investigator. The detailed procedure varies from state to state.