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.





Student Debrief



Four learners sat the EDI Level 3 Professional Investigator Award in Surrey on Saturday, the 15th January 2011. There was a mixture of existing private investigators and a new comer to the Private Investigator industry.

R J Newnam delivered the course recap, before the exam was tackled.

The exam suite at Building Trade Skills Centre, Barwell Business Park, Chessington, Surrey


The invigilator kept a keen eye on those taking the exam having scrutinised the identification documentation and the passport sized photograph which had been produced by the candidates.

You pass or fail, there is no grading. The number of people in the UK who have successfully completed the EDI Level 3 Professional investigator Award thereby swelled to 64!

The course tutor (Kevin Regan, EDI L3 Pro Investigator) and the Invigilator


In the pub afterwards we discussed the exam and debated if licences will ever materialise. The optimists argued that if the pressure to licence coming from the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Information Commissioners Office is heeded then it might still become a reality. The reopening of the phone hacking scandal which originally involved the News of the World’s Royal Editor and so called: Private Investigator: Glenn Mulcaire – might yet focus the light back onto the licensing debate. The pessimists were in the minority but all agreed that, in anycase, it had been a worthwhile journey.

If the election had not taken place we would all be SIA Licensed Private investigators by now – since the EDI Award is the only award endorsed as Private Investigator licensed linked training then this is the exam you would have needed to complete to obtain your Security Industry Authority Private Investigator licence, subject to your CRB check.

We raised a collective glass to the EDI L3 Professional Investigator Award that was part created by the private investigator sectors more forward thinkers.

Thus far, the EDI L3 PI Award has survived the wall of indifference and scepticism it encountered as it was born. The qualification remains somewhat unloved, misunderstood and ignored.

The EDI L3 Professional Investigator Award will be valid for Private Investigator Licences should they come into existence in the next few years….


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