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Private Investigating

My Distance Learning College


The course need not only appeal to those wanting to start an agency of their own, but also to anyone wanting to have more investigative power / skills in their own business and private life. The course is intended to equip the student with many means of accessing all forms of information in a legal and moral manner.


In the UK as well as many other western countries, there is no requirement for any form of license of other permit / control at this time. One can start this service industry on a shoestring while keeping their day job. As the business grows it can provide an extremely high income for those willing to work hard. Simply checking the hourly rate of local detective agencies will prove this point. The need for the private investigator is growing at a very rapid rate.

This course covers topics such as:

  • Life as a private detective / investigator, tools of the trade, finding the right work
  • A first lesson in theft
  • Theft continued, robbery, handling stolen goods, bilking, criminal damage, burglary.
  • The Police and Criminal Evidence Act
  • The Data Protection Act
  • Tracing
  • Surveillance techniques
  • Electronic equipment, polygraph calibrator (lie detector) counter espionage
  • Attending court
  • Repossession, process serving, statement taking, invoicing and other paperwork
  • Means reporting, vetting, interviewing and interrogation
  • Business skills for setting up an agency, skills of self-preservation, specializing


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Private Investigating Diploma

Private Investigating Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 4 Private Investigating Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 4 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 4, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 4 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9473
cost $399.00
estimated time to
complete course
112 Hours
course materials
365 Days