CSPIS IS CANADA’S NUMBER #1 PRIVATE INVESTIGATION SCHOOL. YOU CAN ENROLL IN OUR DIPLOMA PRIVATE INVESTIGATION COURSE TO BECOME FULLY QUALIFIED AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR.

Private Investigator Diploma Course Can Give You The Professional Skills You Need to Help Make a Difference in The Lives of Others!

If you’re serious about a career as a professional private investigator, this private investigator diploma course lets you earn the skills and qualifications you need to get ahead — and to stay there! This post-secondary in-class program teaches you the skills to develop your abilities across the spectrum of investigative competencies. This course emphasizes career preparation. This program is the most focused and comprehensive training available for private investigators.

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Career Opportunities
The private investigation industry is bursting with career opportunities for serious-minded individuals. This diploma program is for those seeking career skills and qualifications. By obtaining professional industry know-how, these graduates can pursue broad employment opportunities. They can make a difference in the lives of others while securing their own career advancement.

From surveillance to corporate loss prevention, insurance fraud to domestic cases — Private investigators are in demand! This program can lead to broad employment opportunities for graduates.

Employment Avenues
Private investigators can be employed by large and small private investigation businesses. They can work for insurance companies. They can pursue employment in corporate security departments. They can become process servers and skip tracers. They can work for banks and financial institutions. They can be employed in logistics and transportation companies. Private investigators can work for law firms and legal clinics. Paralegals and research organizations can employ private investigators. In fact, private investigation can provide one of the broadest employment avenues available.

Current Rules
Current legislation also offers private investigators an opportunity for employment flexibility. They can take control of their careers by opting to specialize in selected areas. They might work for multiple employers performing specialized tasks. They can develop expertise in specialized avenues. Eventually, private investigators can become self employed.

Ontario Licensing Standards
CSPIS has pioneered training standards for career-minded investigative professionals in Canada. We have been providing a basis for professional qualifications long before minimum competences were mandated. Since 1980, our graduates have been on the industry’s leading edge. Our alumni include agency owners, senior investigators and investigators employed in virtually every facet of the field. Today, we have graduates working at every level of the field.

Private Investigation Curriculum Content
At CSPIS, our diploma private investigation course focuses on industry standards and demands. This program reflects three essential avenues of training. They are Investigative Competencies, Criminal Private Investigation and Civil Investigation.

Class Schedule
This program can be completed in as short as 12 weeks. Classes are held daily from Monday to Friday, with the day divided between a four-hour in-class session and after class development. This course is completely live and interactive.

Instructors
Instructors are drawn from the ranks of industry professionals. CSPIS employs permanent, full time instructors whose passion includes training, as well as guidance and mentoring.

This program is divided into three segments, each focusing on a different essential area of a private investigator’s work. Students must complete each or the segments to successfully complete the course.

Module I -Investigative Competencies (content below). This segment is designed to help develop essential competencies. Students study areas of practice essential to professional private investigators in every field.

Module II – Criminal Law and Procedures (contents below). The segment focuses on issues of criminal law including investigation of losses through undercover methods. The investigator’s role in evidence and court procedures is covered.

Module III – Civil Law and Investigation (content below). This module will focus on essential civil procedures. It includes insurance and domestic investigation, information searches, background investigations and tracing.

MODULE I — INVESTIGATIVE COMPETENCIES
This program focuses on private investigator developmental skills and competencies. Simply click on the sections below to learn more about course content,

More than ever before, private investigators must have an essential legal grounding. Otherwise, they could not operate within the law. A legal foundation includes understanding Canada’s civil and criminal laws. It is also essential to understand provincial statutes. None is more important than the Private Security and Investigative Services Act. This Act contains the regulatory framework regulating private investigators and security professionals. This segment teaches students the importance of regulatory compliance. Students will focus on the PSISA, 2005 and its regulations. License maintenance and renewals, record keeping requirements, and clean criminal record regulation, along with the investigator’s code of conduct are emphasized.
Private investigators must have a keen understanding of human nature. They must analyze the actions of those under investigation. They must draw accurate conclusions, sometimes from limited sources of information. Understanding human nature starts by understanding one’s own mind. Science shows us the human brain, like any other muscle in the body, can become stronger with exercise. This section of the program will help students develop stronger powers of observation. It will help with concentration. Students will develop a greater awareness of their surroundings, themselves and others.
Case analysis refers to examination and enrichment of basic case details and information. Private investigators must possess and ability to identify clear case objectives. They must have the know-how to achieve those objectives. Do do so, they begin with a detailed examination of all available leads and a review of all sources. Case analysis often requires to the investigator to be able to collect and assess varying streams of information.
Through well-developed surveillance skills, private investigators learn about the actions of others. Surveillance helps in detecting fraud, discovering criminal activity and uncovering hidden truths. Surveillance is both an art and a science. The goal of a qualified investigator is to ‘see without being seen, and hear without being heard’. Students will develop excellent mobile surveillance skills and learn discreet foot surveillance techniques. From knowing about advanced technology to understanding the effect of Canada’s privacy laws on their work. Surveillance is often seen as the hallmark of a truly excellent private investigator. This section of the program will help students develop an effective surveillance foundation. This course covers the full gamut of surveillance, from learning background preparation to establishing case objectives.
Field notes are an essential record of observations compiled by an active investigator. They outline facts learned and observations made. Field notes are the backbone of an accurate report. They are also used as an aid to the investigator’s memory, for example while giving evidence in court. Notes can play an important role in the legal process. For this reason, private investigators must develop clear and accurate note-writing skills.
Developing a capacity for accurate documentation is essential to a professional private investigator. Investigators must develop an ability to convey complex information to others. Sometimes reports must appraise colleagues or supervisors as to field developments. At other times, they are intended to inform clients, lawyers and on occasion, courts of law. Reports detail investigative findings while conveying steps taken. They outline evidence and can lead to further action. A private investigator’s report must be a concise and reliable record of the investigation.
Image processing is vital to a field investigator. Technology today offers almost endless possibilities for capturing and processing images. Yet the investigator must understand the value of images as evidence. This course allows the investigator to understand equipment and technology available for image capture. The course covers essential video editing skills. Students will understand Canadian privacy laws surrounding image capture. Most important, students should comprehend the essential value of images to the investigative process.

MODULE II — CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURES
This segment focuses on the role and duties of private investigators in the field of criminal law and investigation. The course includes approaches taken by private investigator in criminal cases and how they differ from police. Private investigators aid their clients in very specialized ways. Simply click on the sections below to learn more about course content,

Canada’s rich legal history originates from many different sources. Criminal laws protect members of society who might otherwise be vulnerable to abuse. Whether dealing with fraud, thefts or assault, criminal laws help protect the vulnerable. Private investigators should be familiar with the Canadian Criminal Code. The Criminal Code is the main source of criminal laws in Canada. Private investigators also work with provincial statutes such occupier liability and trespass to property law. Understanding the nature and classification of offences is essential. Also essential is an understanding of the elements of an offence. This program covers these areas. Also taught is a distinction between the work of private investigator and that of police. Both branches are essential to the protection of society, but their approach and priorities can often be very different.
Businesses of every size and description can suffer from a myriad of losses. Private investigators can uncover employee thefts, frauds, sabotage or drug use. Sometimes these problems are local and at other times, they can be company-wide. This course emphasizes the role of private investigators in fighting corporate loss.
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An industrial undercover investigation relies on a private investigator’s ability to blend into a role. Usually, the role is that of an ordinary worker. But there is nothing ordinary about this branch of a private investigator’s work. Through interaction with suspected employees, the investigator can collect evidence identifying internal problems. These problems can include time theft and safety violations. They may surround pilferage or theft. They might involve internal spying or collusion. The work of an undercover investigator can be crucial to the success of the organization and well-being of the majority of its employees.
Commercial businesses are the target of retail thieves. Some sources peg Canadian retail losses at six to 10 million dollars per day. And according to some, nearly a third of all thefts are the result of dishonest employees. Private investigators and loss prevention professionals are responsible for helping control the problem. By learning to identify criminal behaviour, private investigators can help identify potential thieves. By knowing relevant provisions of the criminal code, investigators can apprehend suspects. And by knowing rules of evidence collection, investigators can help in successful prosecutions.
According to the criminal code, surreptitious interception of private communication is an offence. In fact, it can be a criminal offence to possess a device the design of which renders it primarily useful for bugging. Unfortunately, declaring something an offence does not make it particularly difficult to do. Think of all the electronics around us every day and how, with little effort, common items could be used for an illegal purpose. Private investigators should understand privacy, and how to help clients protect theirs. Whether conducting routine sweeps or examining state-of-the-art methodologies, privacy protection is essential to client security.
Every private investigator must know how to collect and manage evidence. Whether preserving a physical exhibit or managing sensitive video recordings. Private investigators must master the rules of continuity and preservation of evidence. They must be familiar with production rules. They must be careful in maintaining accurate logs. They must be skilled at documenting even minute facts. And today more than ever, they must appreciate the scientific value of evidence. All evidence must be collected with a view towards ensuring admissibility. This section of the course focuses on effective evidence gathering.
Presenting evidence in court is the investigator’s opportunity to have a real impact on the justice system. Private investigators need to provide clear and concise testimony. Understanding the rules of evidence is an important start. Private investigators must also understand stages of court examinations. For example, what is cross-examination and how it differs from other forms of questioning. This section of the program introduces students to the court system. Recognizing the varied stages of criminal or civil proceedings is important. Also important is ensuring investigators are well prepared for their role within the justice system.

MODULE III — CIVIL LAW AND INVESTIGATION
Civil law covers the interaction between individuals and organizations. Civil-related investigations are often described as one of the most roles for private investigators. It’s one of the reasons the industry has experienced such dramatic growth in recent decades. Simply click on the sections below to learn more about course content,

Civil, or private law, is a very important part of our legal system. It governs issues such as contracts and disputes, personal injuries, torts and liability. Simply put, civil law deals with monetary damages. When a party suffers a loss as a result of someone’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation. Private investigators are routinely involved in investigations surrounding claims and civil disputes. In fact, evidence collected can often help know their legal position and what they should do next. The program will begin with an examination of civil law, its sources and its impact on Canadians.
Society could not function as it does were it not for contracts. And the laws surrounding enforceability of contracts is of course, very important. While routine transactions begin with a contract, the fact is that a contract is at the very heart of issues such as insurance policies and claims. This section of the program helps students recognize the importance of contracts and their role in the centre of many of the issues investigated.
Insurance fraud is a huge concern in Canada. And the insurance industry is a major employer of private investigators. Insurance companies try to help those suffering from slip-and-falls, automobile claims or other injuries. They often compensate those injured through workplace mishaps or defective products. Yet so many try to cheat the system, qualified private investigators are integral to controlling fraud. Investigators often analyze and help assess damage claims before a settlement.
Litigation often entails many documents served between parties. None are more important than claims, petitions, and summonses to witness. Private investigators are among those who can serve legal documents. Yet often, they are called upon to do so in the most challenging cases. Private investigators have some important advantages. For example, they are equipped with surveillance skills. Private investigators can often conduct background investigations. They understand how subjects think and they can blend into any situation. All of these are skills which make private investigators uniquely suited to document service roles.
There are many reasons for why people go missing. In some cases, they are evadig financial or other obligations. In others, they may be avoiding conflicts or family responsibilities. And in some instances, they are victims of mishap or suffer from mental health issues. In extreme cases, they may be the victims of criminal acts. Whatever the reason, there are many who need to be found. Tracing is a form of investigation which focuses on locating missing persons. Private investigators must know how to access general or industry-specific data sources. They must be familiar with Canada’s privacy laws. And most important, they must be tenacious individuals determined to get to the truth, no matter how long it might take.
Private investigators must have an understanding of Canadian information sources. Both general and industry specific sources are examined, with a view to helping private investigators harness the power of technology, while focusing on the most basic resources. This section will also deal with an understanding Canada’s privacy laws and their impact on conducting investigations.
Few other areas require the sensitivity demanded of domestic investigators. These investigators collect evidence under very demanding circumstances. Dealing with issues such as marriage breakdown or child custody concerns is tough. Helping uncover teenager activity is challenging. Tracing assets or property can be elusive. Yet private investigators get in the middle of the fray. They help people collect information that’s hard to find. They allow clients to come to terms with the most personal problems. They give people a perspective which might otherwise be impossible to find.