Private Investigator Training
Private investigators and detectives offer many services, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles.
As a private detective, you'll investigate computer crimes, such as identity theft, harassing e-mails, and illegal downloading of copyrighted material. You may also provide assistance in civil liability and personal injury cases, insurance claims and fraud, child custody and protection cases, missing persons cases, and premarital screening.
Training in subjects such as criminal justice and police science is helpful to aspiring private investigators. Most corporate investigators must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in a business-related field. Some corporate investigators have a master's degree in business administration or a law degree, while others are CPAs.
Many private investigators have college degrees plus previous experience in a related field, although some jobs may not require a formal criminal justice education. Some work initially for insurance or collections companies, in the private security industry, or as paralegals. Many investigators enter the field after serving in law enforcement, the military, government auditing and investigative positions, or Federal intelligence jobs.
The following schools offer accredited criminal justice degrees which can help you gain the skills to become an Private Investigator:
We recommend getting information from several schools so you can compare the programs, costs, time commitments and financial aid options.
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