| On Friday 22nd November 2013, the magnificent Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel near Bristol was the venue for the launch of the Association of Training Providers. This was the first meeting of the Association with all six providers contributing to a very lively discussion on the upcoming licensing of ‘private investigations’. With an enormous amount of practical experience in the sector and all either accredited or undergoing the accreditation process by Awarding Body IQ, the training providers spent the day looking at how to deal with the thousands of investigators who will need training.|
In Theresa May’s announcement in July this year the government promised that the licensing of those involved in private investigations will roll out in 2014. Mrs May said:-
“It is vital we have proper regulation of private investigators to ensure rigorous standards in this sector and the respect of individuals’ rights to privacy. That is why I am announcing today the Government’s intention to regulate this industry, making it a criminal offence to operate as a private investigator without a licence”.
One of the training providers, Bisio Training, has already prepared a comprehensive E-Learning package which leads to the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators. With over 30 tutorials covering all the learning outcomes, the Online course also has an ‘Ask the Tutor’ facility, a ‘Document Library’ and an ‘Examination Simulator’. Investigators enrolled on the course can also join a ‘chat room’ and discuss the content of the course with other investigators.
The course will allow investigators to study at their own pace and in their own time without any of the expenses incurred with face to face training such as accommodation and travel costs and more importantly any loss of business. All six providers will provide the course so investigators can even choose the venue nearest to them so there is less travel involved getting to the examination.
In addition, the association is looking to create a model of standardised training which will build on the E-Learning with face to face training, webinars and continuous professional development (CPD), as it moves forward with its vision of professionalism in the industry.
A spokesman for the Association said:-
‘The SIA wanted any mandatory training to be flexible and not burdensome. We believe that the E-Learning package is part of a blended learning programme not only for newcomers to the industry but also the more seasoned investigators. E-Learning allows you to revise what you know and study what you don’t and above all gets you your licence. After that, face to face training will give you the practical ability to carry out your role and CPD will ensure that you are always up to date. We can’t make it much more flexible’.
To find out more about the training available, visit the ATP page