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Private Investigator Training

Austin Spy Shop, in conjunction with Austin Investigations #A14235 is offering private investigator training at 6601 Airport Blvd. Austin, Tx.

How To Become A Private Investigator | Texas Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private investigations companies, and their licensed investigators are regulated by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Private Security Bureau (Chapter 1702, Texas Occupations Code).  Private investigation companies in Texas are required to maintain insurance, and maintain bi-yearly continuing education about the industry.  It is a crime in Texas to solicit, perform, or accept business conducting investigations without being properly licensed.

Texas Private Investigator Company Owner / Manager Licensing Requirements

An agency must have a qualified manager who has to have a minimum of 3 years experience (or combination of higher education and experience), pass a written exam and show proof of liability insurance.

To operate in Texas, a PI agency must have a qualifying manager that directly supervises the agency and investigators licensed under their company. This manager must have experience and qualifications that meet one of the following:

  • Three (3) consecutive years of investigation-related experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; a bachelor’s degree, with an additional six months of investigation-related experience
  • An associate degree in criminal justice or related course of study, with an additional twelve months of investigation-related experience; or a specialized course of study directly designed for and related to the private investigations profession, taught and presented through affiliation with a four-year college or university accredited and recognized by the State of Texas. This course of study must be endorsed by the four year college or university’s department of criminal justice program and include a departmental faculty member(s) on its instructional faculty. This course of study must consist of a minimum of two hundred face-to-face classroom hours including coverage of ethics, Private Security Board administrative rules, the Private Security Act, and related statutes. Other combinations of education and investigation-related experience may be substituted for the above at the discretion of the Bureau manager. The bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and specialized courses referenced in section (a) of this rule must be affiliated with a college or university recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board, Southern Association of Schools and Colleges or other accreditation organization recognized by the State of Texas.

After meeting the qualifications for manager, the person must register to take the manager’s exam with the Private Security Bureau. Upon successful completion of the written exam, the person must maintain liability insurance.

Upon qualifying as the manager/owner of the agency, the manager can hire other individuals that can operate as private investigators under their agency after they meet the manager’s requirements (including the requirements below). To be licensed and employed by a licensed company as a private investigator, a person must meet all the requirements set forth in Texas Occupations Code 1702.113, summarized in part (but not in whole) below. The person must

Texas Private Investigator License Requirements

To become a private investigator in Texas an applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Not have been convicted, in any jurisdiction, of a felony level offense;
  • Not have been convicted, in any jurisdiction, of a Class A or equivalent misdemeanor;
  • Not have been convicted, within the past 5 years, in any jurisdiction, of a Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense;
  • Not currently charged with, or under indictment for, a felony, or a Class A misdemeanor;
  • Not currently charged with, a Class B misdemeanor;
  • Not have been found by a court to be incompetent by reason of a mental defect or disease and not have been restored to competency;
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed services, discharged from the United States armed services under other conditions determined by the Board to be prohibitive, or dismissed by the United States armed services if a commissioned office in the United States armed services;
  • Not be required to register in this or any other state as a sex offender.

Training Requirements For Private Investigators In Texas

Becoming a private investigator in Texas does not require the field investigator to have any type of standardized training. A private investigator in Texas must simply qualify with the requirements listed above, and find a licensed private investigations agency that will place them onto their license.

Over the past decade Austin Investigations has created our own standardized in-house private investigator training program that all investigators must complete.  We also have continuing levels of private detective training that our licensed private investigators are required to attend.  All private investigation instructors at Austin Investigations have also been certified police instructors by the State of Texas.  We strive to provide the best private intelligence program for our field investigators, and clients benefit.

You will not receive a private investigator license, nor any State certifications - of any type.  This class is designed to give students insight into the profession of being a private investigator. This is the same training that we give, and have given, all of our field agents actively working in the field.  Please call 800 970 4123, or email, with any questions. 

Class size will be limited to 15 students per session.    If you are interested in making payments on the total, before the class begins, please call 800-970-4123.

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