If you are in that phase of your life where you are thinking of changing your career and becoming a private investigator then you might find the information in this article very useful. In order for you to be able to become a private investigator one of the main conditions is to undergo a training course which will help you get your pi license.

Choosing The Right Training Course

There are a number of pi courses available in the UK that can help you boost your skills and be able to become a successful private investigator. You have to be very careful when choosing the right training course for you, as you will need to find one that is accredited and can help you get your pi license. The detective training institute in the UK offers a vast number of training courses that will teach you how to be a good private investigator and how to build a successful career.

Getting License

In 2013 it was agreed that SIA (which stands for Security Industry Authority) will be responsible for regulating the private investigator sector. SIA covers a number of objectives that refer to licensing private investigators and enabling them to build their careers either as individual investigators or as part of a private investigator agency. Although these licenses are still subject of approval by the Ministry many changes are expected to happen in near future in relation to this issue.

The licensed issued by SIA would cost you around £220 and they are valid only for three years. After the three year period you will have to renew your license in order to be able to continue working as a private investigator. However, in order to be entitled to obtain this license there are several tests you must pass. These tests will cost you additional £300.00 to £400.00.Those who will be working as private investigators in 2016 will need also to obtain a business license which will also add to the cost of becoming a private investigator.

Once you get your pi license you will be able to check its status online. You and everybody else who decides to use your services can check to see whether your license is valid, who has issued it and where it was issued. This check decreases the possibility of people trying to impersonate as private investigators or trying to work as pi without having a proper license.

Being A Private Investigator

Being a private investigator will also require a lot of dedication and hard work. It is a good idea to get yourself acquainted with the law and the regulations in the UK so you would know how to gather evidence that can be used in court. In addition having a legal knowledge can help you understand the jurisdictions you have and use some legal tricks to solve a case. The private investigators that have good understanding of the law have bigger chances of increasing their yearly profit and earn up to £100,000.

To work as a private investigator in the UK, you don’t need to have a UK citizenship; however a work permit is required.