Become a PI

In British Columbia, private investigators as well as locksmiths, security guards, security systems installers fall under the category of Security Worker. The following link explains how to become a private investigator in British Columbia and provides all the relevant links to government forms. Read the following information as it pertains to private investigators.

Training Requirements

Persons entering the PI field do so as ‘under supervision’ investigators. They are required to accumulate 2000 hours of training and work experience before they qualify for an ‘unrestricted’ private investigator’s license. Training is available through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. PIABC will shortly be endorsing intermediate and advanced courses for those who are involved in professional investigation careers. Membership in PIABC may qualify you for discounts for many of the courses.

A PI cannot work directly for any client. A PI can only be an employee of a private investigation firm licensed by the Registrar. Only PI businesses licensed by the Security Programs Registrar can work for clients.

You must have an ‘unrestricted’ PI license before you can start your own business. If you qualify to own a private investigation business, then applying for such a security business license is straightforward. Your PI business must prove that you have appropriate Commercial General Liability as well as Errors and Omissions insurance before you can be approved. A business membership in PIABC can save you hundreds of dollars in annual insurance premiums. Contact membership@piabc.ca and we can facilitate the process to help you get your savings.