The IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as Professional Investigators.

It focuses on how to research information from various sources; gather information; and have an overview of surveillance operations, both overt and covert;

Gathering information in support of an investigation; planning and reporting investigations. This includes identifying the objectives of the investigation; dealing with conflicts of interest; and how to report and present the findings on the investigation.

The qualification also deals with maintaining the security and confidentiality of all information during the investigation. Throughout, there is also the requirement of knowing and complying with the laws and regulations relevant to carrying out investigations. This qualification is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Private Investigators.


Serving legal documents is a profitable life enhancing skill. You assist the Civil legal Sector by acting as an agent of the court - ensuring dates and directives are brought speedily and efficiently to the public's attention.

Typically, you work for solicitors and commercial enterprises, don't be surprised however, if you receive instructions from local councils, government departments and occasionally from foreign courts.

If you send or receive instructions to serve documents to / from another agency, a (pre agreed) "Inter agency" rate applies that is less than your usual commercial rate.

The types of documents you will be asked to serve range from letters which can be posted through the letterbox of a property, displaying an application for a change of planning up to complicated legal proceedings that need to be personally served.

Find advice and templates to complete your statements and certificates of service such as: Order to Attend court for questioning / Suspended committal orders, Claim Forms, Statutory Demands on businesses, companies and individuals. Bankruptcy and Winding up Petitions as well as Family and Children Act serves.

Sample letters of instructions and sample reports and invoices will assist you in reporting in an accurate and timely fashion.


The BTEC Level 3 Professional Investigator Award covers: Probity, Ethics, Standards, Procedures and supplies a working knowledge of how the professional investigator and the law interact. The qualification is designed for existing private investigators and people looking to enter the profession and conduct investigations and enquiries throughout the private and public sectors.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators is assessed on the basis of externally set and externally marked multiple choice tests in:  Principles of Planning and Reporting Investigations  & Principles of Gathering and Using Information for Investigations.


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The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators is offered as e-learning...study from your office or home then take the exam at one of our nationwide centres.


Qualification Number (QN) = 601/4331/9

Unit 1 A/503/0679:  Principles of Planning and Reporting Investigations
Unit 2 M/503/0680: Principles of Gathering and Using Information for Investigations



This course is under development