What's it like to be a Private Investigator?
Tenacious, curious and with an eye for detail, Private Investigators conduct investigations for clients and are often involved in matters relating to character enquiries, relationship breakdowns, unfair dismissal cases, missing persons and insurance claims. They can also perform the duties of a Bailiff or Document Server.
Tasks and duties
- Taking a briefing from a client.
- Surveilling a person, place or thing and recording observations.
- Taking photos or videos to supply to the client.
- Taking statements from witnesses or people who have knowledge of the situation being investigated
- Conducting research, and checking laws and policies.
- Presenting progress reports to the client
- Attending court to give evidence.
- Writing reports.
Private Investigators often hold licences depending on the state they work in, and need to be able to pass police checks when necessary.
People suited to this profession are usually confident, observant, good communicators and are able to think laterally. They are also diligent and able to pursue an investigation even when the going is slow.
Sometimes Private Investigators work as part of a team, especially when the case they’re working on is related to industry practices and problems in the workplace.
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How to become a Private Investigator
- Consider completing a Certificate IV in Government Investigations (PSP40416) or Diploma of Government Investigations (PSP50416) through a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.
- Enter a traineeship with a private investigation firm, where you can learn the skills you’ll need on-the-job while gaining practical, real-world experience.
- Depending on the state you intend to work in, gain a licence from the state regulatory body and submit a National Police Check, if required.