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.






Most of you will be familiar with the various committee’s that have sat and made recommendations about the future of our industry, licencing is on one day..... licencing is off another day – finally, there is an end game!

UK Private Investigator licencing will be introduced in late 2014 - Those conducting “Private Investigator”, type work will be registered and a, “Defacto”, licencing scheme will operate.

 As part of the regulation that will be introduced is a requirement that a, “Test of Competency”, is completed by those who “Register” as Private Investigators.

 The, “Test of competency”, covers planning and reporting investigations and gathering and using information and is an introduction to best practice...

Needless to say, the accredited qualification we offer fits the criteria for the soon to be introduced competency requirement.

We have worked hard since 2009, championing and encouraging the development of the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators – things are coming to fruition.

Thanks to Cunningham Investigations, Sheffield and Accurate Investigations Limited, Blackpool for their permission to use their details

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