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Certificate IV in Government Investigations Intensive

Our innovative accelerated program in Government Investigations can be completed in as little as 6 weeks*

* Completion in this timeframe is dependent on student learning commitment and the submission of assessments.

Our blended program meets all the criteria for the PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations and you can read more about the certificate here!

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Are you an existing student, studying this Cert IV? Upgrade and fast track your study for an additional $1200 - giving you direct access to expert trainers and information, as well as cutting your study time in half!

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COURSE UNITS - Click on the unit codes for a brief description.

Plan and initiate an Investigation

This unit describes the skills required to identify and confirm possible non-compliance, and plan and initiate a subsequent investigation. It includes planning and activating evidence collection, identifying witnesses and persons of interest.

This unit applies to those working in a range of regulatory work environments involving gathering and managing physical or documentary evidence from a range of sources.

Conduct an Investigation

This unit describes the skills required to conduct an investigation under commonwealth and/or jurisdictional law, in accordance with an established investigation plan. It includes gathering and managing evidence, identifying persons of interest, reviewing and reporting on progress and briefing/debriefing relevant personnel.

This unit applies to those working in a range of regulatory work environments.

Finalise an Investigation

This unit describes the skills required to complete, review and report on the results of an investigation. It includes finalising the investigation, handling complaints and appeals, preparing an investigation report and using investigation outcomes.

This unit applies to those working in a range of regulatory work environments comprising gathering, managing and interpreting documentary evidence to determine appropriate responses including reporting and acting on investigation outcomes.

Apply regulatory powers

This unit describes the skills required to cover the exercise of powers under the organisation's enabling legislation and other relevant legislation for regulation, monitoring, inspection and investigation.

This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.

Access Compliance

This unit describes the skills required to assess risk, monitor situations, environments and behaviours, and analyse information to assess compliance with legislation and/or standards. It includes monitoring areas under own jurisdiction, receiving or identifying allegations of non-compliance, and conducting research to determine levels of compliance.

Act on non-compliance

This unit describes the skills required to issue advice, instructions, warnings, notices, fines and other actions in response to non-compliance situations. It includes attending situations where non-compliance is suspected or alleged, and taking action on non-compliance.

 

Contribute to health and safety of others

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes.

 

Promote client compliance

This unit describes the skills required to promote client compliance. It includes advising and assisting clients to comply with legislation or standards and implementing communication strategies to improve compliance.

Produce formal record of interview

This unit describes the skills required to produce formal records of interview. It includes preparing for, conducting and record interviews.

This unit applies to those working in public sector roles conducting regulatory activities.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to WHS and environment in the context of conducting interviews.

Conduct search and seizure

This unit describes the skills required to conduct search and seizure activities. It includes preparing for search and seizure, implementing the search, conducting the seizure, completing post search activities and debriefing.

Gather information through interviews

This unit describes the skills required to gather information through interviews. It includes preparing for and conducting interviews and reviewing and correlating information.

This unit applies to those working in regulatory roles within the public sector involved in information gathering through interviews.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Undertake inspections and monitoring

This unit describes the skills required to undertake both routine and non-routine inspections and monitoring of a more complex or detailed nature, with discretion to determine appropriate action in accordance with relevant Acts and regulations. It includes planning and organising inspection and monitoring activities, undertaking inspections, acting on non-compliance and providing reports, information and training.

Prepare a brief of evidence 

This unit describes the skills required to prepare a brief of evidence. It includes analysing evidence, preparing and reviewing admissible evidence, developing a brief of evidence and coordinating witnesses.

Give evidence

This unit describes the skills required to give evidence in a range of legal proceedings. It includes preparing for proceedings, presenting evidence, and following up outcomes of proceedings.

Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

This unit describes the skills required to contribute to an ethical workplace and participate in ethical decision making.

This unit applies to those working in public sector roles but may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

COURSE INFORMATION

While there are no entry requirements for this qualifications (PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigation) you will need, computer skills, writing skills and some maths.

This qualification requires you to complete a language, literacy and numeracy test.

All students require a USI (Unique Student Identifier) number regardless of the studies undertaken. You can apply for a USI by clicking this link. There is no cost and once you have a USI you will keep it for all future studies. You can use the same link to FIND your USI number.
Benefits to you as a student:

– The USI will collect your VET achievements regardless of where you have studied
– Access to your achievements with secure digital transcripts
– More control and access to your educational information.
– VET achievements can be found, collated and authenticated into a single transcript.
– Records are safe in one place

Please note that if you do not supply Professional Investigators College of Australasia with a USI number, PICA is not legally able to issue you with your Statement of Attainment or qualification certificate.

More information can be found on our resources page.

Resources Required for this Course (PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigation)

  • Computer
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Access to a printer
  • Access to a scanner

Your practical assessments will require you to simulate actual workplace tasks and resources which relate to the unit of competency.

Hence, you must have access to;

a video camera or other video recording device;
a mobile phone;

This nationally recognised qualification (PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigation) is available via online self-paced learning methods. E- learning students have 12 months from the date of enrolment to complete the qualification.

Because everyone learns at different rates, the duration of the course will vary depending upon the hours that you dedicate to your studies.

Total nominal hours: 670 hours

Maximum duration of the course 12 months access (Extension can be purchased)

This nationally recognised qualification (PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigation) will develop competent investigators who are capable of individually completing investigations within an Australian government environment consistent with the provisions of the Australian Government Investigations Standards.

THE COURSE IS FOR

  • Investigators in local, state, or federal government.
  • Those wishing to enter government and take up an investigation position.
  • Investigators already in government seeking to comply with the Attorney General’s Guidelines.
  • Those seeking a pay rise or promotion.

Participants with previous investigation qualifications and experience may apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment. This alternate assessment method may reduce the amount of time required to complete this qualification.

Refer to RPL information on the Resources page for more information.

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The accelerated program is conducted over a six-to-eight-week period, with an online learning component and a three-day residential program. Students enrolled in the accelerated program will undertake the following course of study:

  • One day per week over four weeks and
  • One three-day in-house residential

 

The three-day residential will cover the following units in detail (with practical learning and assessment included)

 

  • PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews

Students will learn effective statement taking techniques, managing witnesses, witness psychology and effective communication.

 

  • PSPREG035 Produce formal record of interview

Students will learn the PEACE model of interviewing and the role of effective communication when interviewing persons of interest, respondents or suspects. Practical exercises demonstrating the learnt model will be conducted in real-world scenarios. Students will put into practice (and receive feedback on) interviewing techniques.

 

  • PSPREG038 Give evidence

Students will gain an understanding of the court/tribunal process including learning essential skills to give good evidence. A mock court will also be conducted to give students practical experience in giving evidence in chief and being cross examined.

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Course runs over 4 Tuesdays in June (4, 11, 18, 25) and 3 residential days in July (15-17):



OPTION 1: UPFRONT PAYMENT

$ 3490

Early birds get a 5% discount

OPTION 2: EXISTING UPGRADE

$1200

Existing student upgrade

OPTION 3: MULTI-STUDENT DISCOUNT

Bulk Student Discount

Price discounted by 10% for 3+ enrolments

(ideal for organisations)

Important: See page 28 of the PICA Student Handbook for the PICA Refund Policy.

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PAYMENT AND ENROLMENT

Professional Investigators College of Australasia is committed towards its obligations for fee transparency, three easy fee payment options which creates flexibility so that students can concentrate on whats important to them which is completing their qualification (PSP40416 Cert IV in Government Investigations). Our refund policy can be found on our Resources page.

Professional Investigators College of Australasia has Centrepay as an available method of payment. Use Centrepay to make regular Deductions from your Centrelink payments. Centrepay is a voluntary and easy payment option available to Centrelink customers, click on Option 3 to request payment details.. Go to humanservices.gov.au/Centrepay for more information.

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