UCP e-learning 66 hours Level 3 Certificate in the principles of private investigation

Certificate in the principles of private investigation


Anyone wishing to enhance their Surveillance skills and keep them sharp, anyone wishing to get into the remit of security and investigations

The 66 hours UCP course also gives the learner the minimum requirements to step into the surveillance industry and be confident taking on surveillance contracts and tasks.

Course Information

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Professional Private Investigation is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding required to become a professional investigator. It develops their understanding of the wider sector including the role of the Private Investigator, process serving, investigation assignments and methodologies, criminal investigations & the law and an introduction to starting a private investigation business. The qualification is suitable for candidates either after achieving the shorter licence linked qualification or for learners who have not.

Minimum Required Kit List

  • Laptop with Microsoft word and power point,
  • USB memory stick with 10 GB max
  • Pencil and pen, eraser

Course Dates


Course Length

66 hours

Course Cost



Internally set and internally assessed Practical Tasks


Award in CPD for Security, investigation, and Surveillance (Principles of Private Investigation) 

Skill Prerequisites None


  • establish the objectives and 1.1 ongoing requirement of an investigation
  • conflicts of interest
  • reporting
  • researching
  • interviewing
  • gathering evidence
  • confidentiality
  • maintaining evidence gathered
  • health and safety