Alberta Professional Investigator Training 

Target Audience: This course is designed for individuals who are pursuing a career in Alberta's Private Investigations Industry. It may also serve as a useful refresher for experienced investigators.

Length: Equivalent to 60 hours / access for one year - anytime, anywhere

Completion: 80% minimum passing grade

Accreditation: SOLGPS

Prerequisties: Canadian Language Benchmark Level 5 (click here for more information)

Sting's online version of the Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) Course is an intensive Professional Investigator program designed to provide students with an excellent foundation for career success in the Professional Investigation field.  By teaching each of the essential branches of Private Investigation, this course emphasizes a broad-based approach to employment orientation and career preparation. 

Course content:

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles of professional investigators, the knowledge and skills required, and the types of investigations typically conducted
  2. Explain the licensing rules, regulations and processes for investigators in Alberta
  3. 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
  4. Explain basic principles of professionalism and ethical conduct, including client confidentiality and privacy of information within an investigation
  5. Explain the following concepts: prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, harassment
  6. Describe the signs and dynamics of abuse in relationships
  7. Describe the Ministry's Code of Conduct and Complaints process
  8. Identify potential hazards in a workplace and industry-accepted control measures that can mitigate identified hazards
  9. Describe typical response measures regarding unsafe workplaces/conditions and/or work practices
  10. Discuss and provide examples of a citizen's power of arrest under the Criminal Code
  11. Identify the differences between civil law and criminal law
  12. Articulate legal , tactical and situational considerations in the decision to use force
  13. Explain the Use of Force Continuum and how it applies to professional investigators
  14. Assess client needs, plan an investigation and explain how an investigation is managed, including risk management
  15. Describe various investigative techniques, including research, surveillance, evidence collection and maintenance, file management and cognitive interviewing
  16. Identify legal requirements and client/agency rules impacting electronic surveillance of premises and people
  17. Demonstrate the key components of effective verbal communication, including techniques in challenging, aggressive and/or threatening situations
  18. Describe the differences between types of reports and demonstrate the ability to write a detailed investigative report and accurate field notes
  19. Demonstrate appropriate techniques for providing testimony
  20. Identify basic elements of planning and operating a professional investigation business.

The outcome for this 60-hour program is intended to instill course participants with knowledge and skill sets in the following areas:

  • 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

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