What exactly does the online Course cover?

Our online PI course includes the most up to date information available because the online format allows us to update our course content instantly as new information becomes available. Below you will find the exact contents of our private investigator training program.

We have a ton of video content in our course too! Another exciting aspect, exclusive to our online private detective training class, is that you will actually get to see and hear from real experts in the field demonstrating crucial concepts and ideas that will help you a become a more successful private investigator.

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Chapter 1 – INTRODUCTION

What is a Private Investigator, Really?
The History of Private Investigation
Common Characteristics of Private Investigators
Traditional Investigative Services Explained (with video content)
Niche Services and Specialty Fields
How to Become a Private Investigator
Finding Private Investigation Employment

Chapter 2 – INTERVIEWING AND OBTAINING STATEMENTS

The Interview Process
Developing Rapport (with video content)
Asking Effective Interview Questions
Mastering Listening Skills (with video content)
Interpreting Nonverbal Behavior (with video content)
The Free Narrative
Enhancing Recall and Eliciting Facts
Taking Recorded and Written Statements

Chapter 3 – SKIP TRACING

Introduction to Skip Tracing
The Liability of Skip Tracing
The Legality of Skip Tracing
Important Personal Identifiers
The Social Security Number
Document Review and the Funnel Approach
My Approach to Skip Tracing
Skip Tracer’s Checklist
Pretexting (Yes it’s Legal)
Commercial Information Brokers and Databases
Credit Headers and Consumer Credit Reports
Real Time and Historical Telephone Information
Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing
Phone Based Skip Tracing Systems
Finding Commercial Database Providers
Cosigners
Field and Phone Interviews
Canvassing and Wanted Posters
The Secret Network – Using Other Skip Tracers
Understanding Public Records
Public Records on the Internet
Using Email to Locate People
How to View Email Headers
IP Addresses and Deciphering Their Location
Internet Profiling
Locating Military Members and Verifying Duty Status
Understanding Military Addresses
Other Federal Resources
Finding Homeless People
Child Abduction Resources
GPS Location of Cellular Phones
Due Diligence Searches and Affidavits
Miscellaneous Resources and Tips
When You’ve Reached the “End of the Road”

Chapter 4 - SURVEILLANCE

Pre-Surveillance Investigations (with video content)
Emerging Internet Tools for Pre-Surveillance Checks & Surveillance Reports
Making Positive Identification of Your Subject (with video content)
Managing Confrontation
Being Approached by Law Enforcement (with video content)
Surveillance
Visual Surveillance
Mobile Surveillance (with video content)
Tailing Methods and Tactics
Choosing a Surveillance Vehicle
Undercover Investigators
Surveillance Reports
Improving Your Surveillance Product (with video content)
What’s Allowed on Surveillance Video?
Editing Surveillance Video Footage for Court
Surveillance Tricks of the Trade
Summer Surveillance Consideration
Winter Surveillance Issues
The Legal Aspects of Surveillance (with video content)
Roping and Entrapment
Surveillance Case Law

Chapter 5 – BACKGROUND CHECKS & BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

Background Checks and Background Investigations

Chapter 6 – THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATION

Contracts and Retainer Agreements
Receiving New Assignments and Case File Preparation
Your Own Powers of Observation
Investigative Notes (with video content)
First Hand Knowledge vs. Second Hand Knowledge
Direct Evidence vs. Circumstantial Evidence
Writing Investigative Reports
Appropriate Client Communication
Handling Problem Clients (with video content)
Using and Managing Subcontract Investigators
Preparing to Take Your Stand in Court
Typical Office Needs

Chapter 7 – PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR GEAR

Surveillance Equipment and Operation (with video content)
Binoculars and Telescopes
Conventional Film Cameras
Conventional Digital Cameras (with video content)
Analog and Digital Video Cameras
Night Vision Equipment (with video content)
Pinhole and Microcircuit Cameras
Wireless and Remote Image Transmission Technology

Chapter 8 – INDUSTRY ETHICS FOR PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

Introduction to Industry Ethics
Investigator Code of Ethics
Federal Legal Considerations
Gramm-Leach-Bliley
Fair Credit Reporting Act
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Criminal Laws Most Often Broken by Investigators

About the Author – L. Scott Harrell and CompassPoint Investigations

Chapter 9 - APPENDIX AND EXAMPLE FORMS, GUIDES & CONTRACTS

Private Investigation Terms and Definitions
Legal Terms and Definitions
Cyber Crime Terms and Definitions
State By State Licensing Laws
Taping and Recording Telephone Calls, Is it Legal
Obtaining Cell Phone and Toll Records – Is it Legal?
Weapons and Concealed Carry
Use of Force
Pursuit Magazine
State and National PI Associations
Internet Forums and Newsgroups
Investigation Schools and Specialized Training
Statement Guides
- Theft of Personal Property
- Vehicle Theft
- Property or Structure Fire
- Vehicle Fire
- Automobile Accident – Driver’s Statement
- Automobile Accident - Passenger’s Statement
- Automobile Accident – Witness’ Statement
- Automobile Accident – Officer’s Statement
- Workers’ Compensation – Employee’s Statement
- Workers’ Compensation – Employer’s Statement
- Workers’ Compensation – Witness’ Statement
- Slip and Fall
Courtesy Surveillance Notification
Affidavit of Due Diligence Search and Investigation
Investigations Retainer Agreement
Investigations Retainer Agreement w/ Opt-Out Addendum
Investigations Retainer Agreement w/ Database Information Disclaimer
Investigations Independent Subcontractor Agreement
Investigative Reports

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