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.