Become a Professional Investigator

The licensing and regulation of Private Investigators in the UK will affect all aspects of investigation’ in the private sector such as interviewing, taking statements, conducting investigations, locating debtors, people searching, surveillances and serving legal documents.

As the likelihood of regulation for the private investigator sector becomes apparent our training section: Private Investigator Training UK is an approved SFJ Centre that offers the Level Three Award for Professional Investigators.

The Private Investigator Sector in the UK is not currently licensed, but, the Industry is on the verge of licencing under the Security Industry Authority.

We offer both licence linked training and general investigator training to supply the knowledge and expertise to operate and maintain a successful private investigation operation. Please remember the key points:

The first Level 3 Professional Investigator Award training course linked to Licensing that was approved by the Security Industry Authority was completed in 2011, in Surrey. Today, we offer classroom and distance learning options centred around the SFJ Level 3 for Professional Investigators.

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The legal and commercial sectors are looking for capable investigators who can demonstrate that they have taken the time to study and have completed an accredited exam.

A Level 3 Professional Investigator Award proves that you understand the law and ethics as they relate to private investigations and that you can demonstrate your credibility, integrity and competence.

Essentially, new comers to the industry must consider further training courses – use the Level 3 Award as a starting off point. Remember that Burton Regan Limited / Private Investigator Training UK also provide training in, “How to actually do the job”.

Your tutor is the Lead Examiner for the Professional Private Investigator Sector (Pearson Plc)

Kevin John Regan is one of five founding members of the Association of British Investigators Academy (Formed in 2014). The academy thrives today because of the foundations that were set down at the first meeting – trainers offering high quality learning material and teaching to achieve, in the first instance the Level 3 Professional Investigator Award.

A good number of the ABI’s corporate firms choose PITUK to comply with industry best practice and many staff members at centres around the UK have taken the ABI / Burton Regan Ltd / Private Investigator Training UK training route, indeed ABI members and their affiliates who have undertaken the training and the wider ABI family – makes it close to 200 successful candidates from this austere organisation alone.

As the ABI Academy has developed Kevin offers Process Serving, Open Source and Trace Enquiries as stand alone training events for the Academy and runs 5 day PI classroom events leading to the Level 3.

Following a head hunting exercise and the successful completion of Pearson Plc’s exams – Kevin was appointed as the Pearson Edexcel Lead Examiner for the Investigation Sector in 2013. Kevin has retained his position and continues to develop qualifications and deal with the minutia of detail that the world’s biggest education company demands. One little known aspect of Kevins work with Pearson is the “Credit and levelling” of qualifications…assigning and quantifying, “Scope” and “Value”. This unique skill ensures that Kevin can assign CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) with genuine authority.

Kevin has been active at ABI Branch level since he joined the ABI in 2011. As the Chair and Secretary of the Northern Branch he organises bi annual meeting for members at Manchester and Wetherby – in keeping with the core ethos of the ABI – Building Skills, Gaining Knowledge & Creating Business, these events attract the industries best presenters and speakers. The Legal Aid Agency (An executive agency of the Ministry of Justice) were the keynote speakers at the February 2020 meeting at Wetherby.

Kevin’s progression and development is predicated on a bed rock of learning and experience acquired when working over a period of decades at Associated Detectives (London), Nationwide Investigations Group (Manchester), Anglo European Private Detectives Limited (Leeds).

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