4.8571 (7) Reviews Professional Investigation (SIA Endorsed) - Beginner

BY: ESS Consulting Limited

Review Breakdown
Customer Service5.0000
Training Received5.0000
Value for Money5.0000

Price: £850

Qualification: IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators



5 days contact time, classroom based. Suitable for new investigators and surveillance operatives.
2 days contact time, classroom based. Suitable for the intermediate to experienced operatives.

This award can also be combined with the Level 3 Award for Covert Foot & Mobile Surveillance.

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF) is a Security Industry Authority endorsed qualification for individuals who wish to work in the investigation industry. The qualification will allow the individual to apply for a professional investigators license from the SIA.

The course focuses on:

  • Gathering information in support of an investigation
  • Law and legislation
  • Case file studies of covert assignments spanning 20 years
  • How to deal with false accusations relating to privacy laws
  • An overview of surveillance operations
  • Planning and reporting investigations
  • Giving evidence in court

You will benefit from valuable contact time with a highly experienced investigator and case file studies of covert investigation assignments spanning 20 years. Not only will you learn how to utilise investigation techniques that make you competent and commercially viable, you will also gain invaluable insight into the reality of how surveillance and criminal investigation assignments are undertaken to a successful conclusion.
You learn through reality, not idealism.

Learners must achieve 5 credits by successfully completing the two mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles of planning and reporting investigations
  • Unit 2: Principles of gathering and using information for investigations


Assessment is by two multiple choice examinations both 45 minutes in duration plus a portfolio based on planning and preparing a surveillance operation.

Location: South East

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5 Surveillance Training

I trained with ESS to get the qualification that will be needed to apply for my investigator license. To be honest I was going to do a distance learning option as it was cheap, but I'm glad I didn't. I did the 2 days classroom and some distance learning r ... (read more)

5 Excellent value for money - must-have course for professionals!

I attended the Level 3 Professional Investigator Course with over 15 years of experience of surveillance and investigations. The course taught vital legislation, investigation techniques and processes that ensured the legal protection of compliant investi ... (read more)

5 Recommend Highly 5*****

I am currently a serving british soldier who recently completed ESS Consulting LTD Professional Investigators course. I attended the course in January with no knowledge or experience within the security or investigator industry. I was completely shocked w ... (read more)

5 Review ESS Professional Investigators

As an experienced operator I found the course extremely helpful in getting me up to speed with current legislation, Civil & Criminal law. Jason and his team go through many scenarios with some on video presentation - with the question, what woul ... (read more)

4 Full of information

This course had for me at least some fairly hard legal sections but it was put across well and needed to be included. On my course there were a mixture of people from different backgrounds some with many years in private investigation and some very new to ... (read more)

5 Course Feed Back IQ Level 3 PI Cse

I must say from the outset I was dreading this course but knew it had to be done as part of my professional development and in line with the good possible implementation of legislation. ESS provided an all round excellent package, scenarios were factu ... (read more)

5 Professional investigation SIA Course

I found this course to be of great value. It was particularly beneficial from the perspective of new legislation and practices within the industry, at the same time reaffirming current practices. I found the delivery of the course to be of the highest sta ... (read more)