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.





Business Licences for Private Investigators

ACS Business licences tackle "Shadowy operators" to create a transparent, regulated professional private investigator sector. Registration under Security Industry Authority (S.I.A) control will mirror existing regulation.


The Security Industry Authority, tasked with the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities, already has a voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme and will, subject to review, mandate Private Investigators to obtain ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) status.


The ACS provides an opportunity to canvass for work with national suppliers and Government departments. Many buyers already search the S.I.A’s register of Approved Contractors when selecting a supplier of services. The Scottish Government will only engage with ACS approved contractors.


Micro (1 – 10 individuals), Small (11 - 25),  Medium (26 - 250) or Large businesses and companies (250+) already obtain a form of "Self" licencing called: BS102000. The S.I.A has indicated that sole traders can choose to fulfil the criteria for business licensing by completing a test of competency - possibly an e-Learning test, more likely a SIA approved qualification such as the IQ Level 3 Professional Investigator Award.


British Standard 102000 requires at least one director, partner or sole trader, to provide evidence of membership of a relevant professional body or evidence of a relevant SIA approved qualification for Professional Investigators. British Standard 9001 is currently favoured for SIA ACS as its: "Business improvement model", but, 102000 will, invariably, replace it when modelled over to the professional private investigator sector.


The bottom line is that the rogue element will not be able to practice under the new regime. The regulatory and bureaucratic burden is also lessened on existing professional private investigators as the sector has already "Self regulated" and has already adopted most of the best practice to come.



Probe Investigations UK Limited  BS102000


Peter Farrington of: Probe Investigations (UK) Limited receives a Certificate of Registration from Brian Nuttall of: SSAIB, confirming that Probe Investigations (UK) Limited completed the first successful pilot of BS102000 (2013) for Investigative Services.


The SIA are conducting a review of their Approved Contractor Scheme and the trade bodies with combined memberships of approximately 1,500 - 2,000 will assist with the future administration, design and codified governance of the new regime.       


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