Interested in a job where the very purpose is to find the truth, and provide that sharp evidence that leads to conviction in cases of everything from cybercrime to insurance fraud and resolution of conflicts caused by double-dealing spouses? Then the role as private investigator could be for you. But how does one become a PI? And what education do I need to work as a private investigator?
Most private investigators are employees of investigation agencies that work on a contract basis for clients in the public and the private sector. While in America it is mandatory that investigators have a state license that permits them to conduct legal investigations and surveillance, this is not the case in Europe. This means that the requirements for becoming a private investigator are set by the employing agency.
The tasks involved in the modern private intelligence business are varied, and so are the specific skills sets that the agencies look for. A progressive, cost-efficient and successful agency like ISRA employs IT-experts as well as people with a signals intelligence background or law graduates. In terms of personalities, a serious agency commonly looks for people who combine great creativity with the capacity to work very methodically to solve a problem – and that never give up! Personal integrity is another must in a profession that handles sensitive information and depends on the trust of the clients. ‘Big mouth’ has no business in the private intelligence business!
So, there is no straightforward path of education that can make you a private investigator – and don’t believe the people who claim the opposite while trying to sell you course that will “teach you all the skills”! But you might consider some of the tips above. And who knows, perhaps we will see you here with us in the future!