ABI Academy Learners and Delegates prior to the Academy's IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigayors

Private Investigator School UK

5 Day course. Delegates and Learners outside Vicarage Chambers

The Association of British Investigators is sector accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales who recognise the A.B.I as the premier professional body for private investigators working in the UK and beyond: "A non-profit organisation, its national and international membership provides credibility and due diligence". The A.B.I is also an approved supplier to the Law Society of Scotland, who acknowledge: "Its national and international membership provides the only credible list of accredited operatives".

Business Licences for Private Investigators

Business licences will tackle organisations with criminal connections and shadowy operators to create a transparent, regulated private security sector. The government in Scotland and the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland support the scheme so we are looking at a UK wide initiative.

Micro (1 – 10 individuals), Small (11 - 25),  Medium (26 - 250) or Large businesses and companies (250+) can obtain a form of "Self" licencing called: BS102000. The S.I.A has indicated that sole traders can choose to fulfil the criteria for business licensing by completing an e-Learning test, probably in conjuction with an SIA approved qualification for Professional Investigators.

British Standard 102000 requires at least one director, partner or sole trader, to provide evidence of membership of a relevant professional body or evidence of a relevant SIA approved qualification for Professional Investigators (Level 3 Professional Investigator Award). An application fee is payable whether your business licence is granted or refused. An annual subscription fee is required.

The Security Industry Authority, tasked with the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities, already has a voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme for larger suppliers of investigative services. Like BS102000, the ACS provides an opportunity to canvass for work with national suppliers and Government departments. Many buyers search the S.I.A’s register of Approved Contractors when selecting a supplier of services. The Scottish Government will only engage with ACS approved contractors.

The bottom line is that whatever body or mechanism regulates the professional investigator sector there will be winners and losers. The rogue element will not be able to practice under the new regime. Conversely, many longstanding, straightforward and honest professional investigators will leave the industry as the costs, regulatory and bureaucratic burden become apparent.


Probe Investigations UK Limited  BS102000

Peter Farrington of: Probe Investigations (UK) Limited receives a Certificate of Registration from Brian Nuttall of: SSAIB, confirming that Probe Investigations (UK) Limited completed the first successful pilot of BS102000 (2013) for Investigative Services.

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