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.





Private Investigator Career?

Christopher Graham of the Information Commissioners Office stated to the Home Affairs Committee set up to inquire into Private Investigators that there are, roughly, 2,000 individuals or organisations that have notified his organisation that they are involved in, "An investigatory process".


Not all investigators will be private investigators. By the same token, not all private investigators will have registered themselves with the I.C.O’s office under the Data Protection Act, so the exact numbers remain something of an estimate.


If we assume that the definition of a private investigator is understood then we can skip that particular debate - perhaps around 50% of people belonging to professional associations of investigators are ex Police or Military, from this we can extrapolate that maybe 50% of the UK's private investigators actually come from other backgrounds...


The ex Police and ex Military Private Investigator will be able to use their core skills learnt in former lives and will often choose to specialise in surveillance, close protection, interviewing and specialist investigation areas such as forensics. The general investigator will tackle areas of work, like: process serving, interviewing, tracing missing people, stock loss, surveillance, and the like.


The model or path which gave the Security Industry Authority the mandate to issue licences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, is still in place and slight updates of this legislation will ensure that Licences can be enabled.


...One of our learners has pointed out, “When I first began researching into this field as a career path, I have to say it was a minefield. Many different websites were offering a variety of training material and, so called diplomas and certificates”.


I rang burton-Regan initially as they seemed to be the ones who knew what they were talking about, and I'm now glad I did”.



Drop us an e-mail or make a call to let us know about your aspirations and existing skill levels.


We also offer mentoring sessions and even web site design and build to get you started in your new career.


The training section of Burton Regan Limited

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Burton Regan Limited

t/a: Private Investigator Training UK,

Blackwell House,

Guildhall Yard,



Burton Regan Limited

t/a: Private Investigator Training UK,

Vicarage Chambers,

9 Park Square East,


LS1 2LH.





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