Private investigation is a highly specialized field that requires proper training and education in Canada. Often, the security and investigation services industry is regulated by the province, which ensures that all licensed private investigators are qualified to provide investigative services in accordance with provincial and federal laws. To become a licensed private investigator, you must complete 50 hours of training and pass the licensing exam. 

Some investigative services legislation outlines the requirements for obtaining a private investigator's license. It requires all private investigators to complete an approved training course before they can be licensed.  

The course must cover the following topics: :

 1. Introduction to the private investigation industry

 2. The Private Security and Investigation Services Act

 3. Provincial and federal legislation

 4. Criminal and civil law

 5. Survey techniques

 6. Principles of ethical reasoning/decision making

 7. Key principles of communication and interaction

 8. Self-management skills

Private Investigator Training

The Private Investigator Training course is also open to individuals interested in working in the security guard industry or private security and investigation services. The course provides a solid foundation in key industry principles and practices that are essential to success in any related field.

During private investigator training, you will learn about the rules, laws and guidelines surrounding the investigation industry, as well as practical content related to the field.  

After completing the private investigator training course and receiving your training completion number, you can apply for a private investigator license. The licensing process involves submitting an application, passing a written exam, and passing a background check. Then you have a private investigator license that is valid for two years.