Please note:

To effectively participate in this program, students must have reliable Internet access and a device that meets these requirements.

About the program

This program will focus on investigation and reporting techniques, surveillance requirements and techniques, ethics and professional responsibility for the new or aspiring private investigator. A special program focus is that of managing risk both personal and for the client. The program provides current, industry-specific, and highly relevant training for individuals who are seeking employment in the field of investigative services, individuals who are on a career pathway to inspections, investigations, or law enforcement related duties or individuals who are currently employed as private investigators and who wish to expand their investigation, open-source analysis, and client management knowledge and skill-set. Participants will set themselves apart from others in the field through this specialized training. Participants will complete most of their courses online in any order that they wish. The program may be entered at any point allowing for continuous enrolment.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Prospective students are advised that to work in Ontario as a security guard they must have completed the required training and/or testing, be at least 18 years old, possess a clean criminal record, according to the Clean Criminal Record Regulation, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Students who have successfully earned their Ontario Private Investigator's License will be exempt from taking the Private Investigator Licensing Preparation course.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Summarize the variety of roles inside the private investigation industry, the legislation environment governing its operation and the principles of power, authority and liability.
  • Describe effective interviewing and investigative techniques;
  • Apply principles of ethical reasoning and decision-making to the implementation of proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behaviour at the earliest possible stage;
  • Outline the process of providing help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis;
  • Describe and explain the steps of the legal research process, deep web searching strategies and how to use specialized websites and applications for investigation;
  • Analyze, organize and prepare written investigative reports using fundamental principles of clear communication, positive public interaction and self-management skills;
  • Integrate the concepts specific to surveillance equipment and tactics, resource protection and risk management strategies into private investigation simulated scenarios.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendar for our upcoming registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Fall Registration: Opens July 25, 2022
Winter Registration: Opens November 28, 2022