Alberta Private Investigator Course (AIT)
Last Updated on April 23, 2024

Train Online For Your Alberta Private Investigator Course (AIT)

This Alberta Private Investigator Course (AIT) was developed by Security Training Subject Matter Experts in consultation with industry and legal experts to meet or exceed all government standards and is government-approved for persons desiring to work as a private investigator in the Province of Alberta.

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How To Become A Private Investigator in Alberta

There are 4 steps to become a licensed private investigator in Alberta.

2

Complete your Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) 60 hour online course.

3

Pass your proctored online government exam.

Requirements For Private Investigator License

Here are the basic requirements for a private investigators license in Alberta (security guard license requirements), as laid out in the Security Services and Investigators Act:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Fluent in speaking English. (Level 5 benchmark)
  3. A Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada.
  4. No serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
  5. No outstanding criminal charges.
  6. Not the subject of a criminal investigation.

Other Important Qualities and Skills

The following qualities are also important to have. These are skills that you can continue to learn and grow in. You will develop these skills on the job, and by taking more training!

  • Integrity – have good morals
  • Honesty – be truthful about all things
  • Accountability – show up to work, and if you can't work, to tell your supervisor
  • Availability – available to work different shifts
  • Communication skills – be able to understand what others are saying and speak to them so they can understand you
  • Interpersonal skills – friendly to other people
  • Conflict resolution – can find solutions with people who are angry or emotional
  • Emotional groundedness – can stay calm and don't get easily angry or emotional
  • Mental alertness – can pay attention to little details and stay alert during your shift
  • Courageous – be willing to talk to people who are committing an offense
  • Grow – ask questions if you don't know what to do
  • Good health – be able to stand or walk for hours if necessary

Not sure if you meet these criteria?

One common question we get is: “I am not sure if my past history will affect my eligibility. How can I find out?”

If you have a specific unique scenario about the above requirements (such as a restraining order or previous offense) and are not sure if it will impact your eligibility, you can contact the Alberta Governor and Solicitor General's office. They can discuss your specific case with you and can give you more information about your situation. Their contact information can be found here.

What Do Private Investigators Do?

You must be licensed to work as a private or in-house investigator in Alberta.  As an investigator you investigate things like:

  • accidents and personal injury
  • damaged or stolen property
  • backgrounds and whereabouts of people
  • organizations

While investigating you:

  • collect information
  • interview people
  • conduct surveillance
  • obtain statements
  • research reports or records

What's included with your course tuition

  • Immediate access on any device to the government-accredited course with experienced instruction.
  • A copy of the digital course study material.
  • Access to online practice exams to ensure you're ready for your government exam.
  • Guidance on the next steps to register for your government exam and complete the security services licence application.

Alberta Private Investigator Course

Includes additional practice exams to help you pass your government exam.

Price is $239+GST.

Includes 3 resources:

  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams

Alberta Private Investigator Course Curriculum

This online Investigator Course consists of nine (9) modules.  Students must complete all modules, logging a minimum total of 60 hrs and then the online Provincial exam under the supervision of a proctor with 80% or above to receive provincial certification and apply for an Investigator License in Alberta.

Module 1

  • Getting Started

Module 2

  • Introduction to the Investigations Industry
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 3

  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 4

  • Law and the Canadian Legal System
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 5

  • Use of Force
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 6

  • Investigations
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 7

  • Communication Skills and Report Writing
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 8

  • Specialized Investigations
  • Quiz 19 questions

Module 9

  • The Business of Investigations
  • Quiz 20 Questions

Next Steps

  • Exam Registration & Next Steps
  • Course Completion Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions About The Alberta Private Investigator Course

I am not sure if my past history will affect my eligibility. How can I find out?

If you have a specific unique scenario about the above requirements (such as a restraining order or previous offense) and are not sure if it will impact your eligibility to take the Alberta Private Investigator Course, you can contact ssia.registrar@gov.ab.ca for more information.

I've worked in law enforcement. Are there any exemptions for me in getting my Security Services Licence?

If you've worked as a police or peace officer in the past 3 years, contact ssia.registrar@gov.ab.ca to see if you are eligible for any exemptions.

How much does it cost to become a private investigator in Alberta?

Once you have completed your training course and passed the exam…

You may apply for your Alberta Investigator License. The investigators licensing fee is $160. Your licence is valid for 2 years. This is paid directly to the government with your application.

Do you need a license to be a private investigator in Alberta?

You must be licensed to work as a private or in-house investigator in Alberta.

Alberta Private Investigator Course

Includes additional practice exams to help you pass your government exam.

Price is $239+GST.

Includes 3 resources:

  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams

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