Introduction To Private Investigation – British Columbia

Target Audience
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing to obtain a Private Investigator's license in Canada. It may also serve as a useful refresher for experienced investigators. Furthermore, this course will be of value to anyone in a career where investigation is an essential skill, including security, public safety, wildlife and fisheries conservation, environmental investigation, human resources, litigation support, social services, and other government ministries that conduct investigations.


20 hours


Private investigation is a diverse profession requiring a broad range of knowledge and skills. During the course of a career, a private investigator will work in many different areas: from insurance fraud and corporate crime to missing persons and executive protection. In every case, a private investigator must be equipped with basic skills and strategies to ensure effective outcomes for clients.

Introduction to Private Investigation – British Columbia is a comprehensive training course for individuals seeking to obtain the essential knowledge and skills necessary to enter this industry. Content for this course was provided by the Professional Investigators’ Association of British Columbia.

This course meets legislated knowledge-based training requirements for individuals seeking a private investigator’s security license in the provinces of British Columbia (BC Government News Release). It has also been approved as the recommended training standard for the Province of Saskatchewan. It is currently under review by provincial Registrars in other jurisdictions across Canada.

Delivered in four modules, this online course is equivalent to 60 hours of classroom instruction and covers the following learning areas:

  1. Part I: Licensing, Liability and Safety (2.5 hours)
  2. Part II: Legal (5.5 hours)
  3. Part III: Basic Tools of the Trade (7.5 hours)
  4. Part IV: Technological Aids (4.5 hours)

For the full list of modules and associated learning objectives, please see Full Course Description with Learning Objectives.

Provincial License Exam Requirements

Testing requirements to acquire a private investigator license may vary from province to province. If available, exam information is provided below. Otherwise, candidates are encouraged to contact their provincial government department for additional information. If you are required to take the exam again, you will be charged an admin fee of $50 in addition for the cost of the proctor for the rewrite.

IPI Exam Locations

Looking for PI Employment in BC?

In the province of British Columbia, a PI must be an employee of a provincially licensed private investigation firm. If you’re looking for private investigation employment opportunities* in BC, please contact the Professional Investigators’ Association of BC (PIABC) for a list of employers.

Professional Investigators’ Association of BC
7164 – 120th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 3M8

* Prospective employees must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed the required Introduction to Private Investigation training course and associated exam.

Practice Makes Perfect: IPI Practice Exam!

PSKN offers a Practice Exam on essential aspects of the Introduction to Private Investigation learning content. Before you attempt the provincial exam for your PI license, the Practice Exam is an excellent opportunity to test your knowledge and improve your chance for success!

To register, submit a Registration Form indicating Introduction to ‘Private Investigation Practice Exam (BC) under the Course Title section.

Price: $25.00