The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators : European Qualification Framework Level 4: Qualification Number: 601/4331/9. This course is accredited by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and replaced the Pearson EDI Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators in 2016
The main themes of the BTEC are regulated by OFQUAL and are the same as the Industry Qualification Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators. The Industry Qualification (IQ) Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators has itself been superseded by the (Skills for Justice) SFJ Awards Level 3 Award For Professional Investigators : European Qualification Framework Level 4: Qualification Number: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 basic parameters of both the Pearson BTEC Level 3 and the SFJ Awards Level Award for Professional Investigators is that they both fulfil the Security Industry Authority remit for a SIA Private Investigator licence – no other qualification actually fulfils this remit – so make sure you are wary when selecting your training package.
The specification of both the BTEC and the SFJ qualification always include two exam papers covering:
Principals of Planning and Reporting Investigations:
Civil Law & Criminal Law, The investigation Cycle, The Intelligence Cycle, Data Protection Act, Human Rights, Regulations of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act, Private Security Industry Act, SIA Standards of Behaviour, Bribery Act, Health and Safety, Civil Procedure Rules, Criminal Procedure Rules, Dealing with Conflicts of Interest. Planning/Reporting/Progressing Investigations.
Principles of Gathering and Using Information for Investigations:
Basic planning, Analysis and review, Case Building and Review, Hypothesis, Types of information, Objectives, Potential Constraints, Planning to carry out your investigation & dealing with a conflict of interest. Gather Evidence: Types of information, Identifying, Preserving and Collecting Evidence, Continuity of evidence /Chain of evidence, Data Protection Act for obtaining information, Interview people to gather information, Communication methods, Questioning techniques, Interview Witnesses, Interview Suspects, Surveillance techniques, best practice and methods.