ABI Academy Learners and Delegates

Private Investigator School UK

Delegates and Learners

The Association of British Investigators is sector accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales who recognise the A.B.I as 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 A.B.I is also an approved supplier to the Law Society of Scotland, who acknowledge: "Its national and international membership provides the only credible list of accredited operatives".

The Security Industry Authority explained that Business Licencing for the UK's Private Investigators was their preferred route back in 2013 (The "Second Tier of Licencing") and will, subject to review, require Private Investigators to obtain ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme), status.

The second tier of licencing or Business Licences for Private Investigators will be based on existing (Draft) British Standards and Association of British Investigator and other trade bodies mandatory qualification requirements to demonstrate professionalism, competence, probity and ethics.





Regional Exam Centre: South & London


IQ Level Three Award for Professional Investigators 

ABI Academy IQ Professional Investigator Award


Exam Centre: Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ



Take your Level Three exam in Professional Investigations – the competency criteria for the S.I.A Private Investigator Licence


You work at your own pace from your office or home.  Your studies are completed when your tutor recommends that you have sufficient knowledge to complete your exam. Existing Investigators and novices work through to their exam and receive the same courtesy and respect as we all work to a common standard of excellence.

We allocate you to your mock exams to ensure that you have reached the required level.

Your studies are completed when your have sufficient knowledge to complete your multiple choice exam papers.

Please note: A Surveillance plan / portfolio created by the learner is a requirement of the IQ Level 3. 





ABI Academy IQ Award for Professional Investigators (QCF = Level 3, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework equivalent = 6)




The Home Office in London have concluded their review of Security Industry Authority Licence for Private Investigators. Subject to Parliamentary, “Sign off”, It is likely that it will be a criminal offence to operate without a Private Investigator Security Industry Authority licence in 2019 - 2020




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