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Course Description

How would you like to be your own detective?    


Are you interested in tracking down someone who owes you money, or getting information from credit bureaus or locating lost children or friends, or finding out whether a spouse or lover is being faithful or do you want to learn more about one of the fastest growing careers?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then this is the perfect course for you!  Through this private investigator course you will be given the tools to perform searches over the internet, the skills to assess public records online and the methods for performing background investigations.  The class will include real life examples from actual private investigators.  So if sleuthing is something that intrigues you, join this self-paced online course.


If you're interested in learning information about a career in private investigation or how to do online searches of public records or how to perform background checks then How To Be Your Own Detective is an ideal class for you. The instructor uses real life examples of actual private investigators to illustrate the course information.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Why Become Your Own Private Investigator

    The real life of a private investigator is revealed in this lesson. Both the good and bad news.
  • Lesson 2: Tools Needed to be a Successful PI

    This lesson will provide a detailed account of the equipment needed along with some "field" advice about what does and does not work.
  • Lesson 3: Exercises to Develop Investigation Skills

    Investigation skills are critical to your success, and there are simple exercises you can do to gain new skills and improve the ones you have.
  • Lesson 4: Exercises to Develop Observation Skills

    In this lesson, we'll spend time discussing the importance of observation to the field of private investigation.
  • Lesson 5: How To Do Searches On The Internet

    Learn how to do high-quality, detailed searches on line to find out information about someone.
  • Lesson 6: The Rich Sources of Information Found in Public Records

    In this lesson you will learn how to access and make use of all the information presented in online public records.
  • Lesson 7: Background Checks

    Put all this information together presented in previous lessons to perform a background check in order to paint a realistic picture of your subject.
  • Lesson 8: Electronic Surveillance Equipment

    There are some key pieces of surveillance equipment that will make your job much easier.
  • Lesson 9: Surveillance in the Home

    Surveillance is one of the best ways to obtain convincing evidence.
  • Lesson 10: The Affair

    In this lesson, you will learn the basic signs of a cheating spouse.
  • Lesson 11: The Runaway

    Runaways are different that forcible abductions and other missing person cases in that the person has chosen to disappear.
  • Lesson 12: Theft

    Theft and loss prevention is another service a Private Investigator might provide.
  • Lesson 13: The Judicial System

    Do your homework to determine where the line is between legality and illegality - and then commit to staying on the legal side!
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Course Title: How To Be Your Own Private Investigator
Course Number: 30447
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $40.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $65.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize why become your own private investigator.
  • Describe tools needed to become a successful PI.
  • Describe exercises to develop investigative skills.
  • Summarize exercises to develop observation skills.
  • Conduct advanced searches on the Internet.
  • Access rich sources of information found in public records.
  • Conduct background checks.
  • Describe electronic surveillance equipment.
  • Describe cases of theft, affairs, and runaways.
  • Describe the processes of the justice system, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 QuizExam25
Lesson 2 Assignment: Concealed WeaponsAssignment20
Lesson 2 QuizExam30
Lesson 3 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 3 QuizExam8
Lesson 4 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 4 QuizExam9
Lesson 5 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 5 Assignment: Find SomeoneAssignment20
Lesson 5 Quiz AExam8
Lesson 6 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 6 Quiz AExam15
Lesson 6 Quiz BExam10
Lesson 7 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 7 Quiz AExam50
Lesson 7 Quiz BExam9
Lesson 8 ExerciseAssignment10
Lesson 8 QuizExam10
Lesson 9 ExerciseAssignment20
Lesson 9 QuizExam10
Lesson 10 ExerciseAssignment20
Lesson 10 QuizExam10
Lesson 11 ExerciseAssignment20
Lesson 11 QuizExam10
Lesson 12 ExerciseAssignment20
Lesson 12 QuizExam10
Lesson 13 ExerciseAssignment25
Lesson 13 QuizExam10
Total Points:439

Student Testimonials

  • "The website search. I was better my results when searching online. It has made finding things and people a lot easier....I really enjoyed this class and I hope to keep learning on here in the future. The instructor was very nice as well." -- Joseph S.
  • "What was most helpful was the video at the end of each lesson." -- Emilio C.
  • "The course and the instructor were extremely helpful." -- Israel T.
  • "A good learning experience." -- Johnny P.
  • "What can i say? Fantastic course! Almost wish I could take it again!" -- Martin M.
  • "All the material was very useful....Great teacher. Always answered any questions you have." -- Mark C.
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