Private Investigation Level 3


The private investigation, surveillance and security industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and is in constant need of educated, certified new people. This course will provide that certification as well as helping you to understand the legal and ethical frameworks that the best firms in the industry comply to.


Private Investigation Level 3

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About This Course

Ever wondered what it takes to enter into a career within private investigation? If you naturally love solving problems or trying to uncover the truth behind the clues seen on crime shows; then our Private Investigation Level 3 course may be the course for you.

Within this unique home based course, you can take your ability to think logically and apply it to your naturally intuitive nature. In just 1 year (and 80 hours of study), you will develop a deeper understanding of the growing private investigation industry and the legal implications behind this line of work, as well as learn a range of private investigation and surveillance techniques.

More importantly, you’ll acquire real and transferable skills that will enable you to take this passion for finding the truth, and use it to become your own boss and even launch your own firm.

From learning about the role and attributes of Private Investigators, to getting to grips with licensing, legislation, surveillance and the various types of investigation; from the comfort of your own home you can explore this lucrative career and discover if you have got what it takes to become a PI.

This incredible course has been purposefully designed for home study, meaning you can escape the classroom and learn everything that there is to know about private investigation on your own terms.

And this is great news if you are just stepping back into education, or are unable to attend classes due to work commitments, as you can easily mould this flexible course around your existing obligations and study at a pace that is right for you!

Course Benefits

Split into 6 units, every section of this course aims to enlighten, expand and use your understanding of private investigation to build a strong foundation of knowledge. In just one year, you will develop real and transferable skills that will not only enable you to broaden your career opportunities, but will leave you more than equipped to deal with genuine cases.

This course will:

  • Allow you to study on your own terms, at your own pace and when you are ready – all of your course materials will be sent straight to your home.
  • Offer you a convenient and stress free way to study – no strict deadlines and no unnecessary pressure to perform on demand.
  • Expand your career options within law and investigation.
  • Help you to achieve a healthy work-study balance.

Course Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Private Investigation

Unit 2: Licensing and the Law Behind Private Investigation

Unit 3: The Types of Surveillance and Investigation

Unit 4: Collecting Evidence, Interviewing and Interrogation

Unit 5: Background Checks and Due Diligence

Unit 6: Setting up your Business and Marketing


This course is assessed using a series of assignments which are designed to test your knowledge of the syllabus. These will are submitted online to your personal tutor for marking. No external examinations are required.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from National Institution of Qualifications (NIOQ).

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by National Institution of Qualifications, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

National Institution of Qualifications are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience in private investigation is needed in order to enrol onto this course.


Whilst we may specialise in the provision of home based courses, we take pride in our ability to provide our students with endless hours of support, guidance and instruction. From our comprehensive study guides and course materials, to the continuous support of our personal tutors; from the moment you enrol you will gain access to years of industry knowledge and experience, which can be used to enhance your grades.

Our personal tutors and student support team are only one click away, so no matter your queries or concerns, you can contact our team rest assured that you’ll always receive a quality answer straight away. Help is always on hand…

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

There are no requirements to have completed any courses or have any knowledge of the subject area to enrol on the course. There is no application process and no questions asked when you sign up, it is accessible to anybody.

Your course will start as soon as you sign-up. You could start your journey of learning today!

This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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