PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR ACADEMY!
Kickstart your career and accelerate your training with our two intensives!
Certificate III Intensive and Surveillance Intensive.
About the Academy
Each year, PICA runs several in-house Private Investigator Academy courses throughout the country. These academies are face-to-face (and sometimes live streamed) and are intensive, allowing students to gain their nationally accredited CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services quicker. Each intensive academy is just that; intensive. That means over 60 hours of classroom instruction and practical activities to accelerate your studies. Each of the 16 units are covered and students are given time to complete the knowledge evidence (questions). The academy also places an emphasis on the performance evidence required for each unit, where students work together to complete the practical tasks. During the academy, you’ll learn from the best in the business, sharing their insights and knowledge about private investigation, the units in the certificate and about the industry in general. Get started on your future career, today!
Certificate III Intensive
Time: 8 am - 6 pm (subject to change)
A face-to-face intensive Certificate III programme, designed to accelerate your study and kickstart your career.
You’ll be provided with information, knowledge and skills outside of the learner’s guide. And outside of the strict criteria! We will also cover off everything you need to satisfy the requirements of the Certificate III.
You’ll complete the learning material component for 8 of the 16 units (four-day intensive) or 12 of the 16 units (additional Surveillance Intensive) required for the certificate and some (but not all) of the assessment (particularly the performance assessment).
CPPINV3026 Work effectively in investigative services
We’ll look at the legal and procedural requirements governing investigative services, understanding and using regulatory powers and relationships with colleagues and clients
CPPINV3029 Provide quality investigative services to clients
This unit looks at delivering and monitoring investigative services, gathering and organising investigative evidence, reviewing client satisfaction, handling complaints and using feedback as the basis for improved service delivery.
CPPINV3027 Develop investigation plans
You’ll learn how to selecting investigation methodologies based on factual and surveillance techniques, and ensure legal compliance for investigative and evidence collection processes. You practice developing an investigation plan.
CPPINV3030 Conduct factual investigations
Conducting factual investigations lies at the heart of most investigation. This unit will examine conducting desk-based research and using communication skills to conduct interviews and meetings and take statements to record factual information. The unit also looks at evidence collection and compliance with evidence management principles.
CPPINV3031 Conduct interviews and take statements to support investigations
You’ll follow plans, protocols and procedures to conduct interviews with complainants and witnesses, question interviewees to obtain and record facts and details of physical evidence presented, and taking statements in the required legal format.
You’ll practice your communication skills and take some actual statements.
PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview
You’ll prepare, conduct and record formal records of interview, learn about investigative interviewing and conduct a real interview.
PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes
This unit teach how to write effective notes, keep notes and use them to give evidence in court, prepare statements and compile reports, including incident reports. It includes applying knowledge of the essential elements of note taking, statement and report preparation; and legislative...
and organisational requirements for the structure and content of official reports.
CPPSEC3124 Prepare and present evidence in court
You’ll learn all about the skills and knowledge required to prepare and present evidence in court. And you’ll get to practice giving evidence, or being cross examined!
During the course you’ll also have a career session that includes working investigators taking about the industry, opportunities, expectations and answering any questions you may have.
Time: 8 am - 6 pm (subject to change)
Our innovative academy also has two full days of surveillance practicals. During these days you’ll complete the practical requirements for:
- CPPINV3033 Conduct covert surveillance
- CPPINV3034 Organise and operate surveillance vehicle
- CPPINV3035 Develop surveillance investigation reports
You’ll also get practical, real-world experience in surveillance; by foot, static, vehicle and mobile. That’s over 20 hours of practical experience!
You’ll undertake real surveillance using real subjects/targets, complete your surveillance logs and write your surveillance reports. You’ll make mistakes and learn from them!
For those just starting in the industry, or wanting a refresher, the surveillance intensive practical program is perfect as a stand-alone.
Why not join us at an upcoming intensive course?
Note: Academy registration finishes one month before the intensive course. Get in quick!
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I complete all of the assessment requirements during the intensive?
It really depends. Many students also complete pre and post work assignments during that week, including study outside of the listed times. The intensive will give you a definite start and lead you on the way with your assessments.
What will I learn during the academy?
You’ll learn all the things you need to according to www.training.gov and more! Our trainers also give you practical and useful learning, case studies and lessons from the real world. You’ll also learn about some of the important stuff like essential communication skills, interviewing and writing effective reports.
Is there anything I should do prior to the course?
It would be most beneficial to complete the reading of the unit learner guides. If you really wanted to accelerate you could complete all the knowledge questions!
How long is each day of the academy?
Each day is ten (10) hours, from 8am to 6pm. The last two hours of each day is devoted to classroom assessment work (your trainers will be there to help you). You can do this in the class, at home or later… whatever suits you best!
Is the course catered?
You’ll be provided morning and afternoon tea, unlimited coffee and tea and water during the academy course. Lunch is to be provided at your own cost.
What if I can’t attend one day, or I’m sick?
We’ll video each of the trainer instruction sessions and you can get access to them after the course is complete.
Do I have to do the whole six days?
You’ll get most benefit by doing the entire six days if you are wanting to accelerate your studies. You can choose to only to the first four (4) days and complete all the subjects except the three surveillance modules.
Can I just complete the intensive two-day surveillance portion?
Yes, you can. Many students do this part of the course because of the highly practical component.
What will I learn in the surveillance intensive?
With over 20 hours of practical surveillance, you be involved in following targets/subjects on foot and in a vehicle. You’ll also conduct static/stationary surveillance and do a major exercise where you’ll combine all three!
Do I need any equipment for the surveillance intensive?
Great question! Yes, you’ll need a car (insurance requirements make it difficult for us to lend you a vehicle). You’ll need an appropriate cradle to record while you’re following in a car. You’ll also need a change of clothes, water bottle and some snacks.
Will I need a disguise?
No. Just be you.
What about other “spy” equipment?
Up to you really. There’s lots of gadgets out there and equipment you can utilise.
What if I don’t have a car?
You’ll need to borrow one or rent a vehicle. Be aware that renting a vehicle may have conditions on use that you’ll need to check.
Will I be following random people around? Where will I be going?
All of our role players have signed written permission to have surveillance conducted on them. Where you’ll go, when and by what means will depend!
What if I’m newly licensed? Can I do the surveillance intensive?
Yes you can. Not only will you learn more about surveillance theoretically, but you’ll get to experience the real thing. Lucky you; you won’t have to do the assessments!
Will I get a certificate?
We can organise a certificate of attendance for the surveillance intensive.
Will potential employers recognise the surveillance intensive as surveillance experience?
They may. One of the reasons we put this program together was to give participants actual experience with surveillance, rather than just classroom education.
Are there any limitations to participant numbers for the academy?
There is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 36 students. For the surveillance intensive, each 12 student group will have two trainers and three role-players.
What happens is there are less than 12 students for a course?
There is a minimum of 12 students needed to schedule a course, one month out from commencement. If the quota is not reached, students will be transferred to a future course of their choosing. Don’t book travel or accommodation until the course if confirmed.
Will doing this course guarantee me a job?
We’re not sure of any course that guarantees this! A lot will depend on you and your drive following the course. We can certainly point you in the right direction However, we stand by our teaching and many of our students are sought out in the industry.