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How Much Does Private Investigator Classes Cost?

There are many people who would like to join the private investigation profession but are unsure of where to begin. Many people working as private investigators either started off as apprentices, police officers or playing some other role in law enforcement.

Naturally, many people now assume that they have to take a similar path but this isn't the case as they can pursue private investigator training for a cost per course. Private investigator classes are available from a number of institutions in the UK and anyone can take these classes since there are no minimum academic qualifications required. It's important to think about how much these services will cost you. Learning to be a private investigator can be quite cost-effective.


How Much Do Private Investigator Courses Cost?

The cost of training needed in private investigator courses will vary based on a number of factors including:

  • Whether the institution is accredited
  • Whether the institution is affiliated with any professional associations in the business
  • Location of the institution
  • Types of classes (full-time/part-time/home-based learning)
  • Extras from the institution etc.

It's always a good idea to take a course from an accredited institution that is affiliated with professional associations such as the Association of British Investigators. Courses in these institutions typically lead to SIA licensing. This makes the courses more cost-effective in the long run. The costs for courses in IQ accredited institutions start at around £700 - £800 per course.

There are differences, however, with certain institutions offering discounts and others providing various payment plans. Payment plans can result in a higher total cost but can make payment of the fees manageable.


Read The Fine Print

Before signing up for any course, read the fine print and understand whether there are other costs you'll be expected to shoulder. There might be administrative fees and exam fees that you're required to pay. For example, institutions are required to pay £35 for every student taking the IQ exam. Find out if you'll be the one paying this fee.