Course Outline: What You Will Cover

Everything you need to know will be revealed in this course. The ICI Private Investigator course will unveil the secret tricks of the trade and teach what normally takes years of on the job experience.

1Criminal Psychology
  • Comprehending Crimes through Psychology
2Locating People / Factual Inquires
  • How to Locate and Track People Down
3Starting an Investigation
  • Assessing the Matter
  • The Complainant
  • Objectives
  • Investigation Plan
4Obtaining Results
  • Consulting Experts
  • Examinations
  • Surveillance
  • Scene Inspection
5Tracing Missing Persons
  • Why People Disappear?
  • Tracing Methodologies
6Matrimonial and Domestic Cases
  • Means Reporting
  • Child Care and Custody Matters
  • Adoption Enquiries
  • Peace of Mind Reports
7Counter-Espionage & Counter-Surveillance
  • Detecting Surveillance
  • Methods of Surveillance
  • Team Surveillance Techniques
  • De-bugging
8Commercial Espionage
  • Areas of Vulnerability
  • Classification
  • Handling, Storage, Disposal Procedures
  • Clean Desk Policy
  • Access Limitation
  • Electronic Surveillance Countermeasures
  • Computer Security & Hacking
9Statement Taking and Reporting
  • Report Writing
  • Statement Taking
  • Interviewing Witnesses
10How to Investigate Different Cases
  • Personal Injury Cases
  • Malpractice Suits
  • Investigating Workers Compensation & Insurance
11Fraud Cases
  • Investigating Theft Cases
  • Investigating Collections & Repossession Cases
  • Investigation Missing Persons Case
  • Skip Tracing & Public Record Searches
  • Pre-texting for Information
  • How to Spot a Bug or Wiretap
  • Stationary Surveillance
  • Moving Surveillance
  • Pre-texts and Cover Stories
  • Preparation & Techniques
13Carrying Out Search of the Public Record
  • Searching the Public Record
14Operating a Private Investigation Business
  • Finding Clients
  • Getting Paid
  • Price Strategy
  • Contracts
  • Marketing

How Will You Benefit?

  • Fast track your career in investigation and surveillance sector as well as many other related fields
  • Quickly develop skills in months not years!
  • Study a mediation course that was designed in conjunction with senior professionals in the investigations profession
  • Free up valuable time, don’t waste time and money travelling to classes
  • Study at your own pace whenever and wherever you are
  • Have access to a tutor who will provide prompt and encouraging support
  • Easy interest free payment plans from as low as $39 per week

Start reaping the benefits by enrolling today!

Career Prospects

Private Investigators provide services in respect to the following areas of operation:


  • Family Law
  • Cheating Spouse
  • Insurance Matters
  • Asset Tracing
  • Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright, Patents)
  • Service of Documents
  • Due Diligence
  • Harassment and Stalking
  • Identity Vetting & Verifications
  • Personnel Screening
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Insurance Investigations
  • Kidnap / Ransom / Extortion
  • Missing Persons
  • Malicious Damage
  • Teenager Investigations (drug, alcohol and sexual activity)
  • Theft in the Workplace
  • Undercover Investigations
  • Addictions
  • Surveillance and Counter Surveillance
  • Hidden Camera and Bug Detection
People and business typically commissioning private investigations work include:
  • Government Agencies (eg. Social Security Office / Centrelink)
  • Insurance Companies
  • Councils
  • Banks, Credit Unions & Building Societies
  • Small Businesses / Large Corporations
  • Solicitors and Barristers
  • Private Citizens
The ICI Private Investigations course is designed for those:
  1. with an interest in private investigation techniques and methodologies,
  2. those who may wish to carry out their own personal private investigations instead of hiring a PI. Licensed private investigators hold no special powers in comparison with ordinary citizens. Licensing in those jurisdictions that do licence PI’s use it a system of creating accountability and enables them to charge a fee for performing their services,
  3. those in the following professions who are not classified as Private Investigators but find the skills taught in the course particularly useful on a day to day basis:


  • auditors / forensic accountants
  • corruption investigators
  • counsellors / psychologists
  • customs officers
  • complaints officers
  • corrective service officers
  • council compliance officers (eg. rangers)
  • covert surveillance team member
  • criminal investigators
  • detectives
  • debt collectors
  • environmental protection officers
  • forensic specialists
  • fraud prevention officers
  • genealogists / family historians
  • investigation managers / supervisors
  • insurance claims assessment officers
  • interviewers
  • journalists
  • ombudsman / consumer affairs staff
  • parks and wildlife officers
  • professional standards officers
  • police officers
  • policy development officers
  • quarantine inspectors
  • research officers
  • security officers
  • tertiary and school education managers
  • legal professionals (lawyers, solicitors, barristers) and paralegals
  • workplace health and safety inspectors
  • and people in similar positions or those who have a supportive or administrative role in an investigation.

Completing the ICI Private Investigator course can be beneficial to those employed or seeking employment in the above professions as it will demonstrate a unique set of skills which are seen as valuable in the above jobs. Such training will undoubtedly set you apart from your colleagues. At the same time, it also gives you an unfair advantage in applying / being considered for promotions and new employment positions that you may be competing for.

Course Levels Explained

This course leads to the awarding of an Executive Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduates capacity for initiative and judgment across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy in performing technical operations or organising others in the workplace.


There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into any course level.

Course Length

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

ICI courses allow you to study at your own pace with no assignment deadlines. This means that you determine the pace of the course and within which time period you will ultimately complete your studies in.

  • Completing your course with ICI is flexible as you can fast-track and graduate in a matter of months. You complete activities and submit assignments whenever you are ready.
  • The maximum time given to complete a program is three years.

Study Mode: Online Learning

This entire course is carried out via Distance Learning (also known as correspondence learning). Distance learning is ideal if you need to adapt around work, family, or other commitments. It is also extremely beneficial should you simply wish to fast track your studies (and career) and not be locked into a timetable.

Our course content and learning experience ensure that your course is relevant and interesting. Learning, tutorial assistance and assessments take place whenever and wherever you are in the country or world. It takes place at your own pace on your own terms to fit your lifestyle. As an ICI student, you’ll never endure a pop quiz, spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars travelling, and never be late with an assignment or for class.

Recognition & Accreditation


This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC). The courses offered by ICI are unique as they take a very “hands on” approach. Our courses are not designed to teach you just the “theory” behind the industry – they are written and tutored by industry professionals and will fast-track you into a new career of your choice.

Various government departments and businesses have enrolled their own staff with ICI for further training and development and are a strong indicator of acceptance and recognition by employers and industry.

The following is a partial list of companies and government departments which have enrolled or sponsored staff into ICI courses:
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Sports Centre, University of Kent
  • Department of Tourism, Regional Development & Industry
  • The Placement People
  • Skill Hire
  • Metcash Trading Ltd
  • Navman Technologies
  • The European Fund
  • Employment Directions Network
  • The Salvation Army
  • Calvin Klein
  • John Paul College
  • Legal Aid Commission
  • Melton Council
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • HSBC
  • American Express
  • Clayton UTZ
  • Hennikers Solicitors
  • Villari Lawyers
  • Prisoners Education Trust (HM Prison Service)
  • Uniting Care Institute of Family Practice
  • Workplace Authority
  • Centacare Employment Group
  • Employment Directions
  • MAX Employment
  • Gunnebo (Security)
  • Brookfield Multiplex
  • Coles Myer Ltd

Already in the Profession or Industry?

This course and qualification is a great way of consolidating existing knowledge via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), updating your industry skills and contributing towards your professional development. It is also one of the most practical steps you can take towards working towards gaining a promotion or better-paid position.

Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

What Do I Get?

All materials essential for course completion are included in the cost of the course fee. Upon enrollment, students receive:

  • All required study materials and course notes
  • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
  • A tutor who will service all of your course and career questions and guidance needs.

On successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications
  • Transcripts indicating units completed
  • Letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
  • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification. For example: John Smith, ExeDipPI


Cut Off Date

Friday, 17th March 2023 is the next enrollment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

Your enrollment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish. Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enroll Now buttons below and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career – in a matter of days!

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Take the first step towards obtaining valuable skills in the field of private investigation today.

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enroll, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrollment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrollment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enroll in a program, simply complete the online enrollment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrollment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrollment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.