How to Become a Private Investigator in BC


Become a Private Investigator in BC - Accredited Training

If you are looking to become a Private Investigator in British Columbia, the following steps will lead you there:

  1. Complete the Accredited Investigator Training (AIT). This is a 60-hour hours course and is required to get your PI-U license. ‘PI-U’ stands for Private Investigator – Under Supervision. Please note that the Alberta training works as the equivalent in BC.
  2. Once you have completed the training, you will take the provincial exam. Sting has an Exam Prep for Investigator Training that will help with that. You will need to pass that exam with 80% or better.
  3. Once you have passed the provincial exam, update your license with the new PI training Certificate of Completion to receive your PI-U status.
  4. Once you have your PI-U on your license, you will need to accumulate 2000 hours under an unrestricted private investigator in order to qualify for your unrestricted license.

British Columbia has 2 licensing classes for investigators: the PI-U and the Unrestricted.

  • The PI-U (private investigator – under supervision) is achieved after taking the training for licensing and passing the provincial exam.
  • You must then do 2000 hours under a private investigator with an unrestricted licence 
  • You must create a spreadsheet tracking all of your investigator hours (any investigator education/training hours, as well as hours done reporting count toward your 2000 hours).
  • Once you have reached your 2000 hours, you submit that spreadsheet to Security Programs to upgrade your licence.


I was the first to get their PI licence through SEGI and have now been assisting students and mystery shoppers to get their Private Investigator licence in British Columbia for almost a decade. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.