Professional Private Investigator Certificate

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Program Code: 9050413

If you have an interest in starting your own business or working as a private investigator, the growing field of private investigations is for you. Private investigators are used by law firms, corporations, insurance companies and other private and public entities. You will learn skills such as how to locate people using open sources of information, conduct investigations, constitutional law application, background checks and current investigative practices to prepare you to succeed in careers such as private investigator, corporate and private security, process service and insurance claim investigator. This certificate will give you a great foundation to go on and earn your private investigator's license and be a successful private investigator.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Gain a career as a private investigator
• Own and operate a private investigation business
Prepared to take the Wisconsin Private Detective License Exam

Catalog No. Description
10-504-192 PRIVATE INVESTIGATION TACTICS ...private investigators are used by law firms, corporations, insurance companies and other public and private entities. This course covers the basics of locating individuals using open sources of information, ethical considerations for investigators, constitutional law application and current investigative practices as preparation for success as a private investigator, corporate and private security or insurance claim investigator. Includes lessons on developing a business and marketing plan and preparing for the Wisconsin Private Detective license exam.
10-504-166 INVESTIGATION PRACTICES...The course will provide the student with the skills necessary to conduct general investigations related to both criminal and civil liability. Best practices and strategies will be presented. The student will learn of the benefits of open source information; the application of criminal and civil law in proving elements of a crime or determining fault, the legal parameters to conducting investigations, and the required standards to submitting investigative results in court. An examination will be made of the various career paths available in this field. This includes corporate security, insurance and worker compensation, private investigations and public safety.
10-504-167 PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT WRITING ...methods of criminal justice reporting, principles of effective report writing, organizing reports, writing operational reports based on case studies.
10-504-168 CRIMINAL JUSTICE-PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS...process of criminal justice interviewing using basic skills model; use of nonverbal and verbal communication; security admissible confessions that preserve individual's constitutional rights; ethics in criminal justice interviewing
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Professional Practice Experience

Credits from this certificate can be applied for continuing education requirements for private detective licensing.