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Principles of Private Investigations: Online

The S2 Principles of Private Investigations Course is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of private investigations. In this 32-hour distance learning course, students are provided with a detailed examination of investigative subjects including ethics, investigations law, background investigations, public and private records searches, interviewing techniques, report writing, surveillance, locating people, trial preparation, and more.

This course is recommended for new private investigations students located outside of Florida in addition to licensed private investigators seeking to improve their existing knowledge and skills.

Topics include:

Liability and Legal Issues • Ethics in Private Investigations • Report Writing • Equipment & Technology • Public and Private Sources of Information • Major Law and Restrictions • Surveillance • Interviewing and Truth Verification • Background Investigations • Evidence Collection and Handling • Preparation for Court


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 INV 103 Liability and Other Legal Issues in Private Investigation 1h 48m
2 INV 104 Ethical Issues in Private Investigation 1h 27m
3 INV 105 Basic Report Writing for Private Investigators 2h 36m
4 INV 106 Equipment and Technology in Private Investigation 3h 1m
5 INV 107 Public and Private Sources of Information 2h 12m
6 INV 108 Major Law and Policy on Records Restrictions 59m
7 INV 109 Principles of Professional Surveillance 2h 51m
8 INV 110 Principles of Interviewing and Truth Verification 2h 2m
9 INV 111 Computer Basics, Investigative Software, and Effective Keyword I 38m
10 INV 112 Locating People and Conducting Background Investigations 2h 38m
11 INV 113 Principles of Evidence Collection, Analysis, and Presentation 1h 50m
12 INV 116 Preparation and Presentation for Formal Hearings and the Courts 2h 55m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 32 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 100-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

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S2 Members: $303.20
Non-Members: $379.00

Restriction Level:
Level 1 - Open to the Public

New Private Investigators (Non-Florida)

Expected Completion Time:
32 hours

100 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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