Becoming a professional private investigator usually begins by taking courses on relevant areas to boost efficiency and performance. There are quite a number of institutions that offer qualitative online private investigator courses. When necessary, some of these courses require practical trainings to better the private investigator in during field assignments. Some of the things taught in the courses includes, but no restricted to:

Characteristics Of A Private Investigator

This course deals with the importance and necessity of private investigators in today’s society. The skills necessary to achieve effective investigation and what qualifies as professional private investigators. The what, where, who, how, and when questions are put into better perspective on what private investigation is all about.

Case Management

This course teaches private investigators on how to carry out investigations in such a way that mistakes are reduced to their barest minimum. It also puts in the mind of private investigators that client’s needs are paramount and effective ways to meet them.


The course deals extensively on the overview of affidavits, how to swear an affidavit, magistrate courts, high courts, letter of appointment, bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions, statutory demand for payment, court jargons and other related matters, word processor, witness summons, notes on completing affidavits, among others.


Private investigators are taught morals, securing properties, procedures, closing down services, taking an inventory, motor vehicles, equipment, dealing with arising problems, simple repossession, house repossession, final reporting.

Person Identification

When it comes to missing persons, private investigators are trained on person identification. This requires using different search methods to get information of people. On missing person cases, private investigators are trained on how to communicate with family members, friends, make relation to work and money, probate matters, cost, and ensuring the case remains opened until solved.

Status Reports

This course training involves knowing the fees, status investigations, originating and obtaining instructions, detrimental report, procedure, computer data agencies, and final reporting.

Court Procedures

Most cases have their practical end in the law court. Private investigators are trained on what is required during such proceedings and how to effectively end cases. They are trained on the overview of legal matters, what the Law is all about, perjury, administrations, authority, protection, personal protection, business sense, etc.


In the course of the profession, private investigators may be faced with the possibility of finding someone. This course teaches on client types, absconders and runners, covert techniques, making local enquiries, databases, keeping records, dealing with solicitors, tracing methodology, name changes, checking addresses, forwarding addresses, employment, doubtful information, alternative methods, among others.

Photography & Video Surveillance

In this course, Private Investigators are trained on when surveillance is required and also the associating setbacks of using a surveillance team or doing it alone. The course deals extensively on the basics of photography, video surveillance, fibre optics, remote video surveillance, discretion, and keeping records.