ALBERTA INVESTIGATOR TRAINING (AIT) – 60 HRS249
About this course
Are you thinking about becoming a Private Investigator in Canada? Sting’s Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) course is an intensive Professional Investigator Program designed to provide students with an excellent foundation for career success in the field. This course provides an overview of the Industry, Role and Responsibilities of Agencies and Investigators, Professionalism and Ethics, Health and Safety, Law and the Canadian Legal System, Use of Force, Investigations, Communications and Documentation and the Business of Investigations.
Upon successful completion of the Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) course, exam and licensing, individuals will be able to seek employment as a Private Investigator within the Security Industry across Canada.
The course is broken down into nine (9) modules and covers the following topics:
- Module 1: Introduction to the Investigation Industry
- Module 2: Professionalism and Ethics
- Module 3: Health and Safety
- Module 4: Law and the Canadian Legal System
- Module 5: Use of Force
- Module 6: Investigations
- Module 7: Communications and Report Writing
- Module 8: Specialized Investigations
- Module 9: Business of Investigations
The outcome for this 60-hour program is intended to instill course participants with knowledge and skill sets in the following areas:
- Describe the roles of professional investigators, the knowledge and skills required, and the types of investigations typically conducted
- Explain the licensing rules, regulations and processes for investigators in Alberta
- Identify the limitations imposed by law on investigative functions, notably the Security Services and Investigators Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, federal and provincial privacy legislation, occupational health and safety legislation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Explain basic principles of professionalism and ethical conduct, including client confidentiality and privacy of information within an investigation
- Explain the following concepts: prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, harassment
- Describe the signs and dynamics of abuse in relationships
- Describe the Ministry’s Code of Conduct and Complaints process
- Identify potential hazards in a workplace and industry-accepted control measures that can mitigate identified hazards
- Describe typical response measures regarding unsafe workplaces/conditions and/or work practices
- Discuss and provide examples of a citizen’s power of arrest under the Criminal Code
- Identify the differences between civil law and criminal law
- Articulate legal , tactical and situational considerations in the decision to use force
- Explain the Use of Force Continuum and how it applies to professional investigators
- Assess client needs, plan an investigation and explain how an investigation is managed, including risk management
- Describe various investigative techniques, including research, surveillance, evidence collection and maintenance, file management and cognitive interviewing
- Identify legal requirements and client/agency rules impacting electronic surveillance of premises and people
- Demonstrate the key components of effective verbal communication, including techniques in challenging, aggressive and/or threatening situations
- Describe the differences between types of reports and demonstrate the ability to write a detailed investigative report and accurate field notes
- Demonstrate appropriate techniques for providing testimony
- Identify basic elements of planning and operating a professional investigation business.
You must demonstrate competency in the above areas in order to write the exam and apply for a license.
The Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) course is designed for individuals who are pursuing a career in the Private Investigations Industry. It may also serve as a useful refresher for experienced investigators. It is the required training to obtain a private investigator licence.
Equivalent to 60 hours / access to the course for one year – 24/7, anytime, anywhere
Online or Classroom
The online version of the Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) course is considered the equivalent to the classroom training.
The Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) course is government accredited by the following provincial agencies:
- Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (SOLGEN) – SSIA Course Accreditation #: AT000333
- British Columbia Security Programs Division-Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General
- Manitoba Justice Private Investigators and Security Guards (PISG) Program
- Saskatchewan Justice Private Investigators and Security Guards (PISG) Program
- Ontario Security and Investigators Program
This training for licensing requires that you write and pass a provincial government exam with 80% or better. You will have three (3) chances to pass the exam. The exam consists of a combination 50 short answer and multiple choice questions. The government exam can be taken in a classroom or virtually online – you will be able to view testing options once you login to the course.
Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from your province. This certificate will be accepted across Canada.
Upon completion of this course and the provincial exam, you will be eligible to apply for a PI license in your province. You must meet all licensing requirements in order to qualify for a private investigator licence in your province.
Please note: some provinces (such as British Columbia) requires you to complete the training to get your PI-U licence, then you will need to complete 2000 hours of work experience under an unrestricted private investigator in order to qualify for your unrestricted license.
Click here to learn more about How to Become a Private Investigator or licensing requirements in your province.
Click below to see the downloadable materials:
- Alberta Investigator Training Course Participant Manual
- Private Investigator Course Overview and Outline
“This was a great course, that worked around my schedule and was clear and concise enough to do without in person training.”
~ Kyla H. Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) Student 7/27/2020
“This is a very well designed and administered course. The support is immediate and very helpful. Highly recommend this course if you are interested in getting your private investigator’s license.”
~ John M. Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) Student 8/20/2020
“Thank you very much! The course was very insightful and all the resources necessary were made available without any confusion.”
~ Rhys P. Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) Student 11/1/2018
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Upon successful completion of the professional investigations training and licensing, individuals will be able to apply for a private investigator licence and seek employment as a Private Investigator within the Security Industry across Canada.
Module 1: Introduction
Introduction to the Course
Introduction to Investigators and Investigations; Roles, Responsibilities and Limitations of an Investigator; Investigator Job Description; Principles and Processes in Investigations; Investigator Licensing in Alberta; Investigator Professional Development and Professional Designations
Module 2: Professionalism and Ethics
Professionalism and Ethics
Defining Ethics and Professionalism; Core Principles of Professionalism and Ethics; Codes of Conduct; Other Examples of Code of Conduct; Complaints Process; Provincial and Federal Privacy; Legislation; Prejudice, Discrimination, Stereotyping, Violence in Relationships and Harassment; Violence in Relationships
Module 3: Health and Safety
Health and Safety
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code; Identifying Potential Hazards; Controlling Hazards; Response Measures; Incident Reporting
Module 4: Law and the Canadian Legal System
Law and the Canadian Legal System
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; The Charter and the Investigator; Alberta Human Rights Act; Criminal Code of Canada; Powers of Arrest; Powers of Search; Criminal Code Offences; Surveillance and Audio Recording; Evidence Acts
Module 5: Use of Force
Use of Force
Introduction to Use of Force: Sec. 25, Criminal Code of Canada – Use of Force; Sec. 26, Criminal Code of Canada – Excessive Force; Sec. 27, Criminal Code of Canada – Prevention of a Crime; Sec. 34, Criminal Code of Canada – Prevention of an Unprovoked Assault; Overview of the Use of Force Continuum Model
Module 6: Investigations
Purposes of an Investigation; Planning an Investigation and Managing Risk; Cognitive Failures in Investigations; Managing Investigative Risk; Investigative Techniques: An Introduction; Interviewing; Surveillance; Collection of Physical Evidence; Collection of Information from Open and Closed Sources; Undercover Work; Confidential Sources; Investigation File Management and Preservation
Module 7: Communications and Report Writing
Communications and Report Writing
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication; Challenges to Communication; Seven Steps for Effective Communication; Communicating With Uncooperative Persons; Field Notes; Report Writing; Privacy Legislation and Reports; Common Errors in Writing Reports; Structure of Reports; Providing Testimony
Module 8: Specialized Investigations
Introduction to Specialized Investigations; In-House Investigations; Regulatory Investigations; Barrister and Solicitor Investigations; Location of Persons Investigations; Corporate and Due Diligence Investigations; Insurance Investigations; Occupational Health and Safety Investigations; Private Client Investigations; Retail Sector Investigations; The Use of Experts; Specialized Professional Development
Module 9: Business of Investigations
Business of Investigations
Overview of the Business Side of Investigations; The Investigations Business; Licensing: Individuals; Licensing: Companies; Contracts and Agreements; Personnel and Systems; Equipment and Data; Insurance; Databases and Anonymity; Clients; Compliance and Risk Mitigation Systems; Ongoing Professional Development