Becoming a private detective (investigator) in Georgia can be an extremely rewarding career choice. It’s a competitive profession, though, and there are many requirements you must meet and a few training steps you need to take to qualify for licensure. These requirements are governed by your licensing authority, the Georgia Board of Private Detectives & Security Agencies.
Important Resources and Links
If you want to be a private investigator you should get used to research and fact-finding. The following web sites will provide more helpful information on your quest to becoming a private investigator in Georgia:
There are two ways to become a private investigator in Georgia.
Open and establish your own agency
Find employment with an existing agency that licensed with the state board.
Either way, the Board has the final authority to determine if you are qualified for licensure and you must take a 70 Hour Pre-Licensing Class during this process. The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security requires everyone that applies to be an agency owner or a registered employee (regardless of qualifications and background) complete a 70-hour basic training course taught by a certified instructor.
Establishing your Private Detective Agency in Georgia
If you meet the requirements as mandated by the Board you fill out a Georgia Private Detective Agency application with the Georgia Board. Once the board reviews it they will determine if you are qualified to take the required Board examination and fulfill the insurance requirements prior to opening your agency.
It is important to understand that this process may take three to six months. But once the Board approves your application and a license has been supplied, you can go to work.
Working for a Licensed Private Detective Agency in Georgia
You are welcome to the take the basic training class prior to being hired by an agency. In fact, we HIGHLY recommend it. Private investigation specific education is the most important investment you can make in yourself as an up-and-coming professional.
As owners of an established and well-respected agency, Find Investigations, we get resumes all of the time; the first thing we look for before considering a candidate is, “How has this person invested in themselves before asking us to invest in them?”
Our course outline is below. All study material, printouts, and instructional material are provided online.
You will not only find the required material you need to become a private investigator in Georgia, AS A BONUS you will also find original forms, statement taking scripts, client contracts, subcontractor agreements and written policies we use at our private investigation agency. We’ve even provide real examples of the investigative reports provided to our clients as a result of these very different investigations.
In addition, we teach you how to market yourself, network properly in the right places, become attractive to potential employers and where to find PI employment listings so that you will have the edge over others competing for the same job opportunities. These concepts are so important that we’ve dedicated several chapters to them specifically.
Our Georgia Course Director, Thomas H. Humphreys, is a licensed classroom instructor in the state of Georgia. Mr. Humphrey’s Georgia Training Instructor license number is CLTR001024. You can verify Mr. Humphrey’s as a licensed instructor and acceptable continuing education provider here: License Verification
Registration and Orientation
Introduction to the Private Investigation Industry, History of Law Enforcement and Private Investigation, Crime, and Security in the United States
Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Types of Investigations
Principals of Georgia Misdemeanors & Felonies, Laws and Elements of Crime and GA Criminal Procedure
The Laws of Arrest
Methods of Lawful Search and Seizure
Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
Interviewing Suspects and Witnesses
Introduction to Process Serving
Sources of Information & Information Brokers
Surveillance Strategies for Success
Basic Videography & Photography Methods
Note Taking and Recording Information
Case Management and Investigative Report Writing
Rules of Evidence and Trial Methods
Court Courtroom Testimony
Court Records Research
Criminal Defense Investigations
Insurance Fraud Investigations
White Collar Crime Investigations
Executive Protection Service
The Business of Private Investigations
*EXAM 4 *Each examination will consist of 50 questions. The exams are an open book and open notes format. There will be a comprehensive review before each test. You must score a passing grade of 70%. A certificate of completion is issued upon completion of all four examinations and upon obtaining a passing grade on each exam.
Once you pass an examination, you are notified by email. Upon completion of all four exams, we will mail you or email you (whichever you prefer) a certificate of completion. A copy of the certificate will be included when you send in your license application packet to the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies (GBPDSA).
Ready to Become a Private Investigator in Georgia?
Online Georgia Private Investigator Training Course