Private Investigator Training

The Association of British Investigators Academy Level Three Award for Professional Investigators is your pathway to training, knowledge and procedural competence for your private investigator licence (When business licensing is introduced). The Level 3 Professional Investigator Award is already required to enter most of the trade bodies that represent the UK’s professional investigators (Including the Association of British Investigators) and is your proof of investigative competency to employers and customers.

“The Association of British Investigators is now recognised 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”
Join our school and begin your distance learning. Skill up on a platform dedicated to industry best practice and excellence delivering the qualification that is designed for existing and novice investigators to prove competency. We combine university grade webinars on topical subjects like surveillance, GDPR / DPA, and conducting investigations with a library of e-learning that is updated on a daily basis. Your lecturer on your exam day is the Pearson Edexcel Lead Examiner for the Professional Investigator Sector.
Kevin J Regan (BA Hons)
Lead Examiner for the Professional Investigator Sector
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Next Exam sittings:

  • London Exam Centre: Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ on Saturday, 31st July 2021 (10.00 – 16.00 hrs)

  • Leeds Exam Centre: Vicarage Chambers, 9 Park Square East, Leeds, LS1 2LH, Saturday, 25th September 2021 (09.30 – 15.30 hours)


Guided learning leading to a final exam to achieve an industry recognised qualification in Professional Private Investigations (The SFJ / IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators).


Suitable for new entrants to the industry and those currently working in the industry that need more in-depth knowledge and experience to support a professional role


Distance / online E-learning leading to your Exams.


£320.00 + VAT = £384.00 (Includes exam fee, registration, Free resit if required, ongoing support and mentoring)

Your main tutor and mentor is: Kevin J Regan  B.A (Hons.)

Founding Member: Association of British Investigators Academy; The eAssessment Association. Pearson Edexcel Professional Investigator Sector Lead Examiner.

Centre Co-ordinator for Pearson and IQ. OCR Award in Assessing Candidates.

30 years full time – front line – Private Investigation experience, with:

    Associated Detectives, London
    Nationwide Investigations, Manchester
    Anglo European Private Detectives, Leeds
    Burton Regan Detective Bureau, Leeds
    Burton Regan Limited, Leeds


Terms and Conditions:

Age range and Geographical Coverage:

The qualification is for learners who are over 18 and primarily based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As there is no equivalent qualification for Scotland – professional investigators in Scotland can use the qualification to demonstrate competency.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and be proficient in the use of English. Learners are required to be UK citizens.

We reserves the right to amend or cancel any event or enrolment. Should the event or an enrolment be cancelled a full refund of the fee paid will be made. We can accept no further liability in the event of cancellation, for example: liability for any expenses incurred as a result of cancellation.

SIA Requirements: Please remember to bring two passport sized photographs and your ID to the exam.

Covid: Exam Day – We can accommodate only 8 candidates as we need to keep 8 empty seats for social distancing.

0800 279 7752