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Gain specialised expertise, forge industry contacts, and apply practical skills for an unparalleled learning experience in the world of investigation.



The Professional Investigators College of Australasia (PICA) is Australasia's only specific Training Organisation (RTO) focusing on the training and development of investigators. You'll find many training organisations delivering security, management and related certificates, but at PICA, we're specialists. That's our difference.The investigation industry these days is wide and varied. Investigators are common across all government sectors and throughout many private industries.

The Certificate III in Investigative Services is the only qualification that allows you to apply for a private investigator's license.

The Certificate IV in Government Investigation qualifies you to be a professional investigator in the government sector.

The Certificate IV in Justice is a brilliant course for anyone considering employment in the criminal justice system.




Professional Investigators College of Australasia Pty Ltd is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) 40789 which is approved to deliver training and/or assessment in both CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services and Certificate IV in Government Investigation (released Sept 2020)



Study Online PICA

Here with Professional Investigators College of Australasia you can complete this course online with support from actual licensed Private Investigators. Our online enrolment and delivery allows you to start today! There are no set start dates or assessment deadlines which simply means you work at a pace that suits you. PICA uses the next wave of digital learning ensuring a secure cloud-based system that can be accessed from any standard web browser.









PAYMENT - Make your payment after choosing from our 3 easy payment options. Payments are made through our secure SqID payment gateway. You can pay by all major credit cards and automatics deductions can be set up.



ENROLMENT- Complete a registration form and complete our basic Language Literacy Numeracy (LLN) assessment. You can contact PICA with any questions you may have in regards to the registration on 1300 649 967.



COMMENCE COURSE - After payment, you will receive an email with the website link and your login details for access to our user friendly training environment. You will need to save the link in your browser Favourites for easy access.



RECEIVE CERTIFICATE - Start your course! Our system allows you to work through the course units at your own pace with support any time you need it. Once your course is completed and payments made, we will mail your certificate.



“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported me during the final days of securing my qualification. I did lose sight and faith in myself that I could actually finish. I appreciate everything you guys have done to support me to make sure I finished. I could not have done it without all of the support. Thanks again 🙂 I will do PICA proud with my new found knowledge in the area of my expertise that will benefit from the skills and knowledge I have accomplished. Cheers to you all and thanks again."

Raymond House

Licensed Private Investigator Queensland
"I found the course to be challenging and rewarding. The course content was update as to the state of the art of current professional investigative trade craft. All instructors were knowledgeable and available for guidance and consultation. The feedback was timely and helpful. The assignments were based on real world cases and provided the experience of finding solutions. Observational skills, critical thinking, research and writing skills were employed. A thorough knowledge of legal issues was emphasized. The importance of working with the client and other various professional partners added to all aspects of the assignments."

Luke. A

“I attended the intensive cert 3 course last year. I had been struggling with the solo study, but the 5 day course assisted me immensely. Within two months of attending the intensive course, I had completed my certificate. Thanks to the assistance it gave me, I am now certified as a private investigator. Paul and Greg made the course understandable with their hands on approach to the subjects. Assistance was easily sought and I cannot recommend this intensive course enough for anyone wanting to fast track their entry into the investigative industry.”

Matthew Butler

"Between the high dedication to communication and comprehensive in-depth units with good feedback, PICA has helped a lot in my development in and out of the course, and I heartily recommend it to anyone I know interested in studying Private Investigation."

Ang Lawson

“I chose PICA above all other colleges to study with because of the attention to detail the admin staff gave me and nothing was a problem. My accessor gave positive feedback and assessed each work literally the same day. Constructive feedback was vital to get the best understanding of the course and this was brilliantly delivered. I would highly recommend PICA and know you will be in good hands to competently complete your course. If you are looking for the best people to study with you have found them.”

Emma Goulston

"I always felt very supported throughout my studies and would highly recommend PICA for those who are wanting to obtain their Cert III in Investigative Services."

Derek O’Neil

"My Certificate arrived today and looks great! I’m one very happy person, the course was awesome!!!"

Safwan Kassim

“Cert. 3 in Investigative Services was such an interesting and engaging course. I had wanted to enrol in the course for a long time and I am happy I finally did. I learnt so much from locating a subject, the types of surveillance to writing reports. Plus, any time I was unsure or had trouble with something, I had the help of my tutor Paul, who was always super helpful. I feel more confident in investigative services and definitely recommend this course to whoever wants to start exploring in this field of work.”

John Butler

"I was apprehensive about doing a course online, but when I started the Certificate 3 in Investigative Services provided by Professional Investigators College of Australasia, I was met with great support and easy to understand student material. The course is structured in such a way that you incrementally gain knowledge to confidently move on to the next study modules. I highly recommend PICA training to anyone wanting to complete this course online."



How long is the course?

The enrolment period for our accredited courses is for a twelve-month period. Depending on your availability and previous experience, it is possible to complete this course in a shorter time frame. Extensions are also available at a cost of $48 a month.

How is the course delivered?

The course is 100% online.  We have also introduced monthly Zoom forums.  These forums include involvement with industry experts and an opportunity to ask questions from the Assessors.

Can I complete the course faster? 

Depending on your availability and previous experience, it is possible to complete this course in a shorter time frame.

When does the course start/enrolment dates?

The commencement date occurs after your enrolment has been paid and you complete the enrolment process on the student portal.  This can be on the same day. Any day of the year is a good day to enrol.

How do I enrol?

Go to the COURSES tab and select the relevant course page, scroll to the bottom to select the payment option of your choice. 

Where will this training offer employment opportunities?

Click HERE and enter your details to view our FREE Careers ebook.

How many hours per week required to study?

As little as 7 hours a week, where you complete some reading and at least 6 questions could see you complete this course in 12 months. Give it more time than that and you can achieve a unit a week and be done in under 6 months.

How much does the course cost?

Cert III in Investigative Services
Upfront - $1499
Part Payments - $1800 (9 x $200 a month)
Centrepay - $1800 ($100 a fortnight)
Cert IV in Government Investigations
Upfront - $1950 (2 payments of $975 within 30 days)
Part Payments - $2380 (7 x $340 a month)
Centrepay - $2380 ($100 a fortnight)
Short Courses starting at $99 click here

Is a certificate from PICA for the Cert III in Investigative Services recognised in my state for licencing?

  • QLD – YES
  • NSW – YES
  • VIC –  NO 
  • SA –  YES
  • WA – YES
  • TAS – YES, however, licencing requirements may require additional units 
  • NT – Not required but potentially desired


What is the RPL process?

To assess your eligibility for RPL please email copies of related qualification transcripts and a brief overview of experience to for our review.

How easy is it to find work once qualified and licenced?

Many of the large companies hire sub-contractors.   A search for “investigators ” on continually shows available positions in this area.  Like most things, obtaining employment requires persistence, determination and some get up and go!  There is work out there.

What is the best way to start in the industry and gain experience?

Try and team up with a current investigator. We suggest approaching the bigger investigation companies to do this. 



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