Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Field Overview

    • Overview

    • Investigation as a Career

    • Introduction to Private Investigation

    • Personal Attributes of Successful Private Detectives

    • Education

  • 2

    Module 2 - Legal Principles and Requirements

    • Overview

    • Lesson Objectives

    • Legal Terminology

    • Civil Law

    • Important Laws and Decisions - Civil

    • Criminal Law

    • Important Laws and Decisions - Criminal

    • The United States Constitution

    • Legal Considerations for Private Detectives

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 3

    Module 3 - Communication Skills

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Communication Defined

    • Verbal Communication

    • Nonverbal Communication

    • Listening

    • The Role of Communication in Private Investigations

    • Summary

    • Module 3 Quiz

  • 4

    Module 4 - Information Gathering

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Public and Private Records— A Broad Overview

    • Categories of Public Records and Information

    • Module 4 Quiz

  • 5

    Module 5 - Reporting

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Terminology

    • Reporting

    • The Basics of Reporting an Investigation

    • The Mechanics of Reporting

    • Module 5 Quiz

  • 6

    Module 6 - Surveillance

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Terminology

    • Introduction to Surveillance

    • Surveillance Planning: Formal and Informal

    • Precautions When Conducting Surveillance

    • Techniques of Surveillance

    • Vehicular Surveillance

    • Summary

    • Module 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Module 7 - Undercover Investigations

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Undercover Investigations

    • Planning and Implementing Undercover Operations

    • Techniques Used in Undercover Operations

    • Difficulties Experienced by Undercover Operatives

    • Summary

    • Module 7 Quiz

  • 8

    Module 8 - Court Related Issues for Private Detectives

    • Overview

    • Objectives

    • Private Investigation Basics

    • Understanding the Court System

    • Communicating in the Court System

    • Summary

    • Module 8 Quiz

  • 9

    Module 9 - Interview vs. Interrogation

    • Lesson Overview

    • Lesson Objectives

    • Let's Get Started

    • Preparing for an Interview

    • Conducting the Interview

    • Conducting an Interrogation

    • Lesson Summary

    • Module 9 Quiz

  • 10

    Module 10 - Minnesota State Statutes and Administrative Rules

    • Overview

    • Laws and Rules that Govern Private Detectives in MN

    • Differences between Private Detectives and Protective Agents in MN

    • MN Training Requirements

    • Role of the Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board

  • 11

    Final Exam - 80% Required to Pass

    • Final Exam