Get the Fast-Track to Ontario’s Ministry Required Private Investigator License Training and Exam Preparation

Many provinces in Canada, including Ontario, require all new private investigators to participate in mandatory private investigator license training. Once private investigator license training is complete, private investigators must successfully pass a private investigator license training examination in order to obtain a private investigator’s license. Training and obtaining a license is the first important step to becoming employed in the field of private investigation.

Private Investigator License Training is the First Step Towards Successful Exam Completion and Employment!

To meet minimum licensing requirements, Ontario private investigators must complete a 50 hour training program focusing on Ministry-identified competencies. Once training is complete, candidates will challenge the ministry’s private investigator examination aimed at assessing competence. After training and testing are completed, the candidate can apply for licensing.

At CSPIS, our license preparation curriculum delivers the Ministry necessitated components in a challenging yet easy-to-follow format. Our training is laid out in a logical, relevant manner designed to allow every student to achieve or exceed the ministry’s standards for private investigators and to obtain license and test-readiness skills.


Our Live, In-Class Private Investigator License training Allows You to Interact and Learn From Practicing Professionals and Recognized Industry Experts!


This course prepares students to challenge Ontario's Private Investigator provincial licensing examination.

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This section provides an overview of the private investigation industry, including the broad and dynamic employment options and opportunities available to serious and dedicated individuals. Students learn the many varied elements of the industry and gain an appreciation for the fact that the role and responsibilities of private investigators can be as broad and varied as the organizations who hire and rely on qualified private investigators.
The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA) provides the foundation under which the private sector of law enforcement, and Private Investigators specifically, derive their authorization to act. The Act regulates both individual licensees and the companies aho employ them. Students will obtain an excellent foundation to understanding both the Act and the regulations it contains.
In Canada, laws are passed by both the federal and the provincial governments. For example, the Criminal Code of Canada, which is a federal statute, applies equally throughout the nation, while the Trespass to Property Act, 1990, which is an Ontario provincial statute, applies only within the province. In this section, students will be introduced to numerous relevant statutes and, more importantly, will develop an understanding of the scope and application of laws passed by different levels of government in Canada.
Criminal law regulates the interaction between individuals and society as a whole, while civil law, sometimes referred to as “private law” guides the interaction between individuals or small groups within society. While theft is an example of a criminal offence, breach of contract or a tort is often at the centre of a civil dispute. Students will explore relevant aspects of criminal and civil law and will develop an understanding of the private investigator’s role and function in both areas of law.
Private investigation is a broad and dynamic industry, and a private investigator must possess and understanding of important and relevant skill. In this section, students will learn the foundations of proper evidence handling and be introduced to various types of evidence a private investigator may routinely deal with. Both the Ontario Evidence Act and the Canada Evidence Act both outline issues related to the admissibility of evidence. Investigative methods and techniques will be discussed and students will gain an appreciation for and an understanding of, the process. For example, private investigators gather information which is often elusive to the general public,and this section of the course will help students appreciate and understand some of the important techniques and resources available for this purpose; from surveillance and witness interviews, through to general information sources as well as industry-specific resources.
Surveillance is an essential skill to the modern, qualified private investigator, and this course will delve deeply into both practical and psychological aspects of surveillance. Witnesses are essential to helping investigators piece together important information or find elusive facts. Witness interview skills and statements-taking are essential tools in a private investigator’s arsenal and both are covered in this course.
Finally, report writing is stressed as an essential skill to professional private investigators since the information collected must be presented to others in a clear, understandable and professional manner.
Like every professional, private investigators make important decisions, evaluations and assessments. Recognizing how greatly a private investigator’s actions and decisions can affect others is an important first step in understanding the decision-making process. Taking all relevant information into account; considering appropriate ethical standards; understanding areas of industry best-practices are all methods used to make sure a private investigator makes the “right” decision with respect to potential ethical dilemmas.
Each day, private investigators might encounter many different types of people for a myriad of different reasons. From discreet communication with a source of information to challenging interview subject or a suspicious neighbour. The professional private investigator must be able to adjust their tone and style as the situation demands. This section will explore various aspect of communication and the types of circumstances to which thy apply.
Many private investigators are provided with a great deal of independence and autonomy in order to do their jobs well. A private investigator’s role can often be difficult to supervise and therefore, the professional private investigator must develop effecting self-management skills. Whether working independently or as part of a team, every private investigator maintains a high level of responsibility. It is essential that private investigators know how to cope with the stress and strains of the job, and recognize the importance of developing professional time management skills and effective administrative abilities.

Course Delivery

Classes are held live in our Toronto campus. Our firm belief is that training in an area as sensitive as private investigation requires personal interaction between instructor and the student, particularly as learner begin to explore the operational applications of the subject matter they study. That’s why our private investigator program is taught in-class by experienced, professional trainers using the latest training methodologies and techniques. We firmly believe that students developing essential skills in private investigation must be monitored and guided through the skills development process.

Course Schedule

License preparation training is conducted in a focused and targeted manner. This fifty hour curriculum is delivered in 6 information-packed days during one calendar week. Classes are held Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Students work at home on Saturday.


Program tuition is $589.00 along with a registration fee of $100. Tuition includes all class materials, learning resources and administrative support.

Why Choose CSPIS

CSPIS offers its students a comfortable learning environment, large well-equipped classrooms and student support services including test scheduling and license application assistance, with dedicated educational counselors. And with a 30 year history training students for employment in Ontario’s demanding private security and investigation industry, CSPIS has the experience and know-how to help get students ready for industry challenges and demands!

Upon Completion

Students who complete the program will be provided with a ‘training completion number’, necessary for Ministry testing and subsequent licensing. Students should be aware that a testing fee of $76.15 (including HST) is payable to SERCO at the time of booking. After confirmation of successful test results, an $80 licensing fee is payable to the ministry at the time of application, and then every two years.

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