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Professional Investigator Training Course

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Professional Investigator Training Course


Categories: Professional Programs
Includes lifetime access

Course Overview

The Security Services and Investigator’s Act requires any person in
Alberta who works in any of the positions below must have a license. To
obtain this license an individual must complete a mandatory training
program and write a provincial exam. The Alberta Investigator’s Training
course consists of nine modules to be taught on-line over a period of
50-60 hours or more. The course outcomes for this training are intended
to provide participants with knowledge and skills in their role and
responsibilities as a professional investigator. Columbia College offers
the Alberta Investigator’s Training course.

Individuals who obtain a provincial license after taking this course may be employed in one of the following positions:

  • Professional Investigator
  • Detective
  • Fraud Investigator

Graduation/Employment Success

Columbia College is excited to share that 90% of first-time writers
on the provincial exam who completed the Columbia College online course
successfully passed the exam. The provincial average success rate for
first-time writers is 50%. Completing Columbia College’s online training
program will assist individuals in achieving success on the provincial


Columbia College offers the Alberta Investigator’s Training Course by online delivery only at this time.

Course Description

Each participant will be provided with a course Participant Manual
which complements the course materials and exercises which make up this

Upon successful completion of the 38.5 hour or more investigator
training course an individual will be eligible to write the mandatory
provincial exam.

Faculty Information

Click Here to see a list of Faculty Members for this course.

Course Delivery

This course is only being delivered online at this time. Visit our website to create an account and complete the training at For more information, please contact Columbia College at 403-235-9321 or via e-mail at

Course List

The seven modules which make up the Alberta Basic Security Training course are:
Module 1: Introduction to the Investigator’s 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: The Business of Investigations

Admission Requirements

To enroll in the course, individuals much meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Fluent in speaking English (Level 5 Canadian Language Benchmark)
  • Of good character
  • No serious criminal convictions that have not been pardoned

Tuition Fees

Once enrolled in part 2 of this Continuing Education course and received your course materials, no refund will be issued.

Tuition for the online course: $225 (exam fee is included when writing at our Calgary campus).

Sitting Fee at Columbia College for Columbia Online students $20
Sitting Fee at Columbia College for students who completed his/her training at another provider $50

Upon successful completion of an authorized professional investigator
course an individual will be eligible to write the mandatory Solicitor
General’s provincial exam. The Solicitor General Registrar will issue a
certificate of completion upon passing the exam with 80% or better,
after which an individual may apply for his/her Professional
Investigator License.

Refund of Tuition Fees

Once enrolled in this Continuing Education course and the participant
has received the course materials, no refund will be issued.

Start Dates

This course is offered on a continuous basis.

Proctored Exam

Columbia College is a certified proctoring site for the Professional
Investigator’s mandatory provincial exam. For those completing the
online training, we have approximately 55 sites set up across the
province where you can write your exam. Additional fees may apply.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the investigator’s training course an individual must complete the 38.5 hour course.

Licensing Application Steps

  • Take 1 passport-sized photo and two pieces of government issued identification to the police service.
  • Have a member of the police service, peace office, or commissioner
    of oaths employed by the police service sign the back of your photo.
  • Request an employment Police Information Check (PIC) to include
    • CPIC
    • Vulnerable Sector
    • Local database
  • Do not submit your application until you have received your final
    documents or are informed by the police service that the documents will
    be sent directly to the Ministry.
  • Complete all sections of the application form (must be neat and readable) using a computer or print using CAPITAL letters only.
  • Sign both part 5 and part 6 (police do not sign your application).
  • Photocopy both sides of your government issued identification to include with your application.
  • Provide photocopies of proof of training.
  • Proof of citizenship or eligibility to work in Canada (e.g. a Work Visa).
  • Submit your application with all other documents, ensuring it is completed to:
    Security Programs
    PO Box 1023 Station Main
    Edmonton, AB T5J 2M1
    If using a courier:
    Security Programs
    Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety
    9th Floor, 10365 97 Street
    Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7

Please click here to access a copy of the Security Services and Investigator’s Act (SSIA) License Application. If you have trouble opening this document, you may choose to save the document to your computer and it will save and open.

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