Private Investigator Course
Get real world training that will help you in real world investigations. You'll learn the skills to be successful as an investigator, and also as an agency owner in case you'd like to pursue that goal in the future. Ashworth College has successfully trained thousands of private investigators and now you can take their course at home.
Specific Training You'll Receive
Lesson 1: HISTORY OF INVESTIGATION. Local, state, and federal investigators; what private investigators do; the detective mystique; licensing issues; the third degree; scientific methods and the research revolution in investigating.
Lesson 2: THE INVESTIGATION PROCESS. An overview of investigating; qualities and skills you'll need; types of investigations; patterns, leads, tips, and theories; verifying the crime report; the role of ethics; basic techniques.
Lesson 3: TYPES OF INVESTIGATIONS. Personal injury; insurance fraud; product liability; missing persons; medical malpractice; corporate espionage; background checks; marital cases; wrongful death.
Lesson 4: CRIME AND SECURITY IN THE U.S. Crime defined; public and private crime and protection; private security vs. public law enforcement.
Lesson 5: THE CRIME SCENE. Protecting, photographing, recording, and reconstructing the crime scene; the command post; preserving and processing evidence; the chain of custody; marking and packaging evidence; the death investigation.
Lesson 6: INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATING. Types of interviews; suspects; victims; informants; door-to-door canvassing; interviewing children and sexual abuse victims; special interrogation aids; the Miranda Ruling; tactics to obtain confessions; recording the interview; written statements.
Lesson 7: SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Cultivating sources; the paper trail; law enforcement, government, and private record sources; books and directories; computerized information brokers; psychics; psycholinguistic analysis; criminal profiling.
Lesson 8: SURVEILLANCE AND UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS. Preparing for surveillance; going undercover; types of undercover investigations; tactical strategies; stationary and moving surveillance; if the tail is made; avoiding common mistakes; recording and debriefing the surveillance; legalities.
Lesson 9: CASE MANAGEMENT AND REPORT WRITING. The importance of case management; note-taking; preparing the case folder; preparing official reports; report writing; using a computer.
Lesson 10: THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEM AND RULES OF EVIDENCE. History of evidence law; the criminal law process; the civil law process; discovery; the trial; the jury; circumstantial, prima facie, and direct evidence; forms and rules of evidence; the hearsay rule; using expert witnesses; privileged communications; presenting testimony in court.
Lesson 11: CRIMINALISTICS AND TECHNOLOGY. Fingerprinting, photography, blood analysis, ballistics, DNA profiling, and other criminalistics techniques; the modern crime lab; using automated information systems; electronic surveillance devices; videotaping.
Lesson 12: RETAIL SECURITY AND LOSS PREVENTION. The store detective; the store camera system; fraudulent credit cards; bad checks; employee theft; audits; shoplifting methods; apprehending shoplifters; price switching and altering; taking a statement.
Lesson 13: DOMESTIC AND CHILD CUSTODY CASES. The preliminary interview; working on contract or retainer; working with domestic relations lawyers; investigating and surveilling subjects; what constitutes adultery; the unfit parent; locating hidden assets; handling evidence; client protection; documentation.
Lesson 14: INSURANCE INVESTIGATIONS. Investigating property/casualty, workers compensation, liability, disability, life/health, personal injury, and accidental death claims; how to spot fraud; surveillance and the activity check; the pretext; note-taking; testifying in court.
Lesson 15: EXECUTIVE PROTECTION. Celebrity and corporate clients; the command post; advance work; the travel route survey; airport and hotel security; lowering the profile; motorcades; the arm's reach principle; interviewing unwanted visitors; portable protection; etiquette, and protocol; using force.
Lesson 16: FIREARM USE AND SAFETY. Defensive shooting; the last restraint; owning, handling, and maintaining guns safely; tactical handgun operation; low-light shooting; ammunition, sights; carrying a concealed handgun.
Lesson 17: SPECIALIZED INVESTIGATIONS. Arson, product liability, missing person, medical malpractice, probate, and criminal defense investigations; locating heirs; security counter-measures; pre-employment checks; bounty hunting; repossession; process serving.
Special Report: BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR. Reputation and integrity; marketing yourself; licensing; working for an agency; starting your own agency; building clientele; advertising; career options.