Certified Private Investigator Program Testing & Information
What Is The Certified Private Investigator Program
The Certified Private Investigator program is a nationwide certification that provides objective proof and verification of outstanding knowledge, experience and proficiency in the investigating field. Administered by the PIAI, certification grants the use of the professional designation Certified Private Investigator, it's post nominals CPI (i.e. John Davis CPI), and the CPI logo.
Certified Private Investigator Application Requirements
Age. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Experience. Applicants must have a minimum of 500 hours verifiable private investigating hours. This excludes law enforcement, government or military work experience hours. See professional experience hour requirement discounts below.
Insurance. Applicants must provide proof of and maintain general liability insurance including errors & omissions with a minimum $500,000 coverage.
Licensing. Applicants must possess and maintian a private investigator license issued by their city and/or state of practice if law within those jurisdictions requires such licensing. CPI certification does not substitute license requirements by local authorities.
Certified Private Investigator Program Information
The Certified Private Investigator certification process consists of an application process and an exam detailed below.
Initial Two Year Certification. $150.00 for PIAI members with a background check on file. Non PIAI members are subject an additional $50 background check fee.
Recertification. $75.00 for PIAI members who have a background check on file. Non PIAI members are subject to an additional $50 background check fee. Successful completion of the recertification exam required.
Certified Private Investigator Program Requirements
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Application. Submit a completed application with any applicable background check fees and accompanied by 3 professional, industry related references who known the applicant for at least three years.
Interview. Upon application approval and successful background check, applicant must complete an oral interview by the certification board.
Exam. Applicant must pass a certification exam comprised of approximately 85 questions & 3 essay questions, with at least an 80% score. Exam must be completed within 30 days of receipt of packet.
Continuing Education. Applicant must complete 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years prior to recertification. A list of acceptable continuing education will be supplied with the certification packet.
The CPI logo is a registered trademark of the PIAI. It, the post nominals CPI and the designation of Certified Private Investigator may only be used by those who have successfully completed the CPI certification program.
|Professional Work Experience Hour Requirement Discounts
|Military & Law Enforcement: 50% reduction to 250 verifiable hours of professional work experience.
|Private Investigation Education: 25% reduction to 375 verifiable hours of professional work experience.