Georgia Private Investigator Basic Training Course (2023)

Georgia Private Detective Pre-Licensing Training Class

70 Hours of basic training required by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies for licensing.

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We are currently producing new and improved course content for our Georgia Pre-Licensing course. We anticipate that this process will be completed by the end of the year and our online course will again be available to new students.

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About Our Georgia Private Detective Basic Training Course

Are you a certified instructor in the state of Georgia to teach this class?

Yes, any company providing continuing education and/or the private detective training course must have an instructor license issued by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies.

PI Education’s Director of Instruction, Thomas H. Humphreys, is a licensed classroom instructor in the state of Georgia. Mr. Humphreys’ Georgia Training Instructor license number is CLTR001024. You can verify Mr. Humphreys as a licensed instructor and acceptable continuing education provider here: License Verification

You should also note that we have been teaching this class for YEARS and we have helped thousands of aspiring detectives become successful in their new career. If you want to know more about Mr. Humphreys you can check out his bio here: PI Education Faculty

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Is this class all online?

Yes. This class is all online. You will read lectures, watch videos, go through case studies, listen to recorded webinars, study, complete assignments, and take tests. You can take your course anytime from anywhere. You must have regular, reliable internet access if you are to succeed in your course.

Our courses are developed in our state-of-the-art e-learning platform. We engage with all participants on a regular basis through our bulletin board and communication channels inside the platform. You are never alone. Our company is staffed with dedicated professionals who are very interested in your success. You can reach us by phone, email, chat anytime during our regular business hours.

How long do I have to complete the class?

To work as a private detective in Georgia you will need to complete a 70-hour basic training course.

Once you purchase our course you have 183 days (that is a full six months!) to complete.

How long does it take to complete the online class?

This class is 70 hours of training. Most participants take several months to go through the abundance of material in the class. Take your time! Enjoy! Learn at your own pace.

Is there a difference between a private investigator or private detective?

No. Some states, such as Georgia refer to private investigators as private detectives.

How much does a private investigator make?

For an occupational outlook and summary on private detectives and investigators see:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why should I choose your course over all the other online and in-person providers?

PI Education has been the leading provider of online continuing education and professional development for private investigators since 2001. This is our business. It is what we do. We take it very seriously.

Our course is professionally developed with high quality, and engaging content. There are pre-recorded lectures, reading, webinars, video content, case studies, assignments, quizzes and a bulletin board open to all participants.

Some of the MANY benefits of taking this class online are:

  • Outstanding, regularly updated content written and produced by licensed, working, professionalprivate investigators.
  • Time-Saving
  • Cost Reduction
  • Flexible
  • One-on-One Learner Engagement
  • Personal Freedom; take your class on YOUR time
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Access our online continuing courses for private investigators from the web and mobile devices. Anytime, anywhere.

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Our team of lecturers are comprised of some of the sharpest investigators in the profession.

Becoming a private detective (investigator) in Georgia can be an extremely rewarding career choice. It’s a competitive profession, though, and there are many requirements you must meet and a few training steps you need to take to qualify for licensure. These requirements are governed by your licensing authority, the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies.

Establishing Your Own Private Investigator Agency in Georgia

Starting your own private detective agency in Georgia has many advantages. You will have to meet many qualifications in order to establish your own agency. We recommend you visit the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies (GBPDSA) and download the application packages available on their website.

If you meet the requirements to qualify for a Private Detective Company license as mandated by the Board you fill out a Georgia Private Detective Agency application with the Georgia Board. Once the board reviews it they will determine if you are qualified to take the required Board examination and fulfill the insurance requirements prior to opening your agency.

The experience required is two years – either in law enforcement or as a registered private detective employed by a licensed private detective company. The education required is a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, or a related field of study.

It is important to understand that the licensing process may take three to six months. Before working as a private detective you must first complete the 70 Hour Pre-Licensing Class . You will also have to study for a state exam. Once you pass the state exam and the Board approves your application and a license has been supplied, you can go to work.

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Working for a Licensed Private Investigator Agency in Georgia

Getting hired to work for an existing agency in Georgia requires only that they hire you and submit an employee application to the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies (GBPDSA) within 30 days.

Before working as a private detective you must first complete the 70 Hour Pre-Licensing Class .

You are welcome to the take the basic training class prior to being hired by an agency. In fact, we HIGHLY recommend it. Private investigation specific education is the most important investment you can make in yourself as an up-and-coming professional.

As owners of an established and well-respected agency, Find Investigations, we get resumes all of the time; the first thing we look for before considering a candidate is, “How has this person invested in themselves before asking us to invest in them?”

Important Resources and Links

Private investigators must be excellent at research and fact-finding. The following web sites will provide more helpful information on your quest to becoming a private investigator in Georgia:

There are two ways to become a private investigator in Georgia. Either open and establish your own agency or find employment with an existing agency that licensed with the state board. Either way, the Board has the final authority to determine if you are qualified for licensure and you must take a 70 Hour Pre-Licensing Class during this process.

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FAQs

How long does it take to become a private investigator in Georgia? ›

To work as a private detective in Georgia you will need to complete a 70-hour basic training course. Once you purchase our course you have 183 days (that is a full six months!) to complete. How long does it take to complete the online class? This class is 70 hours of training.

Is private investigator hard? ›

Due to the many disciplines in the Private Detective industry, it would take many years of hard work and effort to master them all. Most Detectives choose to gain experience and specialize in a few fields rather than trying to become experts in all areas.

Can a felon be a private investigator in Georgia? ›

Be at least 18 years old. Have integrity and a good moral character. Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident entitled to work in the U.S. No convictions for felonies, crimes involving weapons, or crimes of moral turpitude; however, considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Is being a private investigator stressful? ›

Private investigators are responsible for surveying and tracking down information, which can be dangerous at times. People may become suspicious or feel threatened, and this may lead to a stressful career.

How much does a PI make? ›

According to the BLS, private investigators earned a national median salary of $50,090 in 2018.
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Salary and Career Outlook.
CareerAverage Annual Salary
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR$50,090

How do I get a PI license in Georgia? ›

Georgia PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (Beginner) License Requirements
  1. You need to be 18yo or older.
  2. You need to be an American citizen/ legal resident.
  3. You cannot have a history of mental illness.
  4. You must have a clean criminal and personal record.
  5. You will need to take an approved PI course within six months of being licensed.

Does PI make alot of money? ›

This is done when a Private Investigator manages multiple investigations, each being worked by other PIs/ employees. However, a Private Investigator can still earn high revenue without employees. If an American Private Investigator works their own files, they can make around $200 000 per year.

What are three skills needed for private investigators? ›

Here are some of the skills and traits that are important to becoming a Private investigator.
  • Resourcefulness. A good private eye makes full use of all possible resources to conduct an investigation, uncover facts or solve a case. ...
  • Communication. ...
  • Tactfulness. ...
  • Technology Skills. ...
  • Confidentiality.

Is being a Private Investigator fun? ›

Yes, being a Private Investigator can be exciting. However, much of the work involves research, monitoring, and observation. These tasks can be monotonous, but they're an essential part of the job.

Do private investigators have badges? ›

Private investigators also can't carry a badge as impersonating a police officer is a crime, however, private investigators may carry ID on them that will show their credentials.

How many years does it take to become a private investigator? ›

Course Length

The average time within which students complete studies is 31 weeks.

How much does a private investigator cost in Georgia? ›

Hourly rates in Georgia vary between $75 an hour and $350 per hour. The more experienced and more effective the private investigator, the higher the hourly rate will be. Going with the cheapest option is not a good idea when you have important evidence to gather in a case.

What are the challenges of being a private investigator? ›

In this post, we will go over 5 major challenges that private investigators have to face right now.
  • Government Regulations. At the moment, private investigators are affected by different government regulations. ...
  • Economic Difficulties. ...
  • The Media Image of Investigators. ...
  • Large Investigation Companies. ...
  • Profession or Industry?
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What makes a good private investigator? ›

A private investigator needs a good understanding of how to communicate effectively and courteously with people from different backgrounds. Whether interviewing witnesses, collaborating with the police, or speaking with family members of missing persons, remember to be tactful and compassionate.

What is the demand for private investigators? ›

Summary
Quick Facts: Private Detectives and Investigators
On-the-job TrainingModerate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 202137,000
Job Outlook, 2021-316% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-312,100
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How much does a private investigator cost in Georgia? ›

Hourly rates in Georgia vary between $75 an hour and $350 per hour. The more experienced and more effective the private investigator, the higher the hourly rate will be. Going with the cheapest option is not a good idea when you have important evidence to gather in a case.

What qualifications do you need to become a private investigator? ›

How to become a private investigator
  • Research state licensing requirements. ...
  • Attend classes or obtain a degree. ...
  • Undergo firearms and non-weapons self-defense training. ...
  • Meet the minimum requirements. ...
  • Pass the exam for licensing. ...
  • Pass a background check. ...
  • Maintain license after passing.

What can a licensed private investigator do? ›

In general, these activities include interviewing people, performing background checks, conducting surveillance, and tracking down other legal, personal, and financial information.

How do you become a detective in Georgia? ›

Each applicant must achieve a competitive score on the Special Agent examination and must successfully complete each of the following:
  1. Initial personal interview.
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment.
  3. GBI administered pre-employment polygraph examination regarding illegal drug usage and criminal conduct.
  4. Background investigation.

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