Professional Private Investigator





Join delegates and learners who demand the quality and authority of our training programmes and affiliations. Our classroom and e-learn programmes are supported by sector leading examiners and front line, full time, professional private investigators.

We use a university grade platform and favour the “blended learning model” – combining webinar sessions on investigative topics with our library of e-learn resources

Special Offer : Book onto Level 3 Professional INVESTIGATOR Award Exam Course 

and get access to private investigator school e-learn: 

Completing Investigations – Theory and best Practice around GDPR / DPA 

and E-Learn Process Server Training for free!

We only display authentic pictures of learners, delegates and tutors...this is a group picture taken shortly after the Level 3 Award Exam at Vicarage Chambers, West Yorkshire

Our graduates are available for your perusal on our jobs board. we ensure they are “fit and proper” – backed by Burton Regan limited / PITUK. We shadow and recommend only the top tier of professional private investigators

 The SFJ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators is the mechanism by which private investigators confirm and demonstrate knowledge and professionalism. In the absence of licencing – “Self-Regulation” is the order of the day.

The Industry Qualification (IQ) Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators has been superseded by the (Skills for Justice) SFJ Awards Level 3 Award For Professional Investigators : European Qualification Framework Level 4: Qualification Number: 600/3345/9

The Skills for Justice Awards Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators and the Pearson Btec level 3 both fulfil the Security Industry Authority remit for SIA Private Investigator Licences. They are the competency criteria for potential Business Licencing / Sector Governance – No other qualification actually satisfies this remit – so make sure you are wary when selecting your training supplier / package.

The main trade bodies, claims investigation organisations, surveillance firms, legal firms, litigation support services and operatives throughout the private investigator sector choose the qualifications endorsed by the Association of British Investigators – delivered  by the Association’s Academy

The A.B.I is the premier professional body for private investigators working in the UK and beyond: “A non-profit organisation, its national and international membership provides credibility and due diligence”.



The Association of British Investigators is an approved supplier to the Law Society of Scotland and is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales.


Your main tutor is the Lead Examiner for the Professional Private Investigator Sector (Pearson Plc).

Kevin John Regan is one of five founding members of the Association of British Investigators Academy (Formed in 2014). The academy thrives today because of the foundations that were set down at the first meeting – trainers offering high quality learning material and teaching to achieve, in the first instance the Level 3 Professional Investigator Award.

The Association of British Investigator’s corporate firms choose our training to comply with industry best practice and many staff members at centres around the UK have taken the ABI / Burton Regan Ltd / Private Investigator Training UK route, indeed ABI members and their affiliates who have undertaken the training and the wider ABI family – makes it close to 250 successful candidates from this austere organisation alone.


12/06/2006 – Richard Newman our Internal Verifier / Quality Assurance Assessor worked with Skills For Security and developed the National Occupational Standards for private investigators

15/01/2011 – We completed the first Professional Investigator Award Exam for EDI / Pearson in Surrey

10/10/2013 – Kevin Regan our main tutor was appointed by Pearson / Edexcel as the Lead Examiner for the Private Investigator Sector

20/07/2014 – We are founding members of the ABI Academy and offer the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators endorsed by the Association of British Investigators

16/05/2019 – Kevin Regan receives the Frank Martin Award from the Association of British Investigators

14/03/2020 – We run the first Skills For Justice SFJ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators exam in London at the original home of the Metropolitan Police and the first “Scotland Yard”

Following a head hunting exercise and the successful completion of Pearson Plc’s exams – Kevin was appointed as the Pearson Edexcel Lead Examiner for the Investigation Sector in 2013. Kevin has retained his position and continues to develop qualifications and deal with the minutia of detail that the worlds biggest education company demands. One little known aspect of Kevin’s work with Pearson is the “Credit and levelling” of qualifications…assigning and quantifying, “Scope” and “Value”. This unique skill ensures that Kevin can assign your CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) with genuine authority.

Kevin has been active at ABI Branch level since he joined the ABI in 2011. As the Chair and Secretary of the Northern Branch he organises bi annual meeting for members at Manchester and Wetherby – in keeping with the core ethos of the ABI – Building Skills, Gaining Knowledge & Creating Business, these events attract the industries best presenters and speakers. The Legal Aid Agency (An executive agency of the Ministry of Justice) were the keynote speakers at the February 2020 meeting at Wetherby.

Kevin’s progression and development is predicated on a bed rock of learning and experience acquired when working over a period of decades at Associated Detectives (London), Nationwide Investigations Group (Manchester), Anglo European Private Detectives Limited (Leeds) – currently: Burton Regan Limited.

Our Licence Linked training exceeds the parameters and scope of the anticipated Business Licence / SIA / Home Office Licence for Private Investigators