How to Become a Private Investigator in Georgia
If you’re reading this, then you’re likely wondering how to become a Private Investigator in Georgia. Legal requirements to become a Private Investigator vary from state to state. Georgia is among the states that require private investigators to become licensed, which is a multi-step process.
Our team at the National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA) is here to help you achieve your investigative goals.In accordance with the Georgia Private Detective and Security Agencies Act, NITA is also a board-approved (Board Approved License #CTLR001021) provider of investigative training in the state of Georgia. Below we have included steps required to pursue licensure as a Private Investigator in Georgia:
All private detectives working in Georgia need to be registered as an employee of a private detective business. It is therefore your employer (or yourself if you are the owner of the business) who registers you with the Secretary of State’s Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.
In order to become registered, you will need to meet some basic private investigator minimum requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have integrity and a good moral character
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident entitled to work in the U.S.
- No convictions for felonies, crimes involving weapons, or crimes of moral turpitude; however considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis
- Have not committed any acts of fraud or dishonesty
3) Georgia Basic Training
To work as a private detective in Georgia, you will need to complete a basic training course. You have the option of completing this within six months of being hired, and the course must be from a state-approved provider that provides 70 hours of classroom instruction. The National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA) now offers the Georgia Basic Training Course (70 Hours) through its website, www.InvestigativeAcademy.com.
4) Application for Employment
You will need to submit the following to your employing private detective agency so they can complete your registration form and you can begin working:
5) Background Check
In order to become a Private Investigator in Georgia, you will be required to submit your fingerprints as well as consent for a background investigation. Proof of your private detective certification classes, if completed (must be completed within 90 days of hire), is required as part of the background investigation process.
6) Continuing Education
In the state of Georgia, Private Investigators need to complete 16 hours of continuing education through an approved agency each year. The National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA) now offers online continuing education courses for Private Investigators.
In accordance with the Georgia Private Detective and Security Agencies Act, NITA is now a board-approved provider of investigative training in the state of Georgia. The school’s online program delivers a comprehensive investigative curriculum that provides a flexible and convenient way for working adults to achieve their investigative career goals.
From The Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies :
From The Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators (GAPPI):
Become a Georgia Private Investigator today! Topics include: surveillance, ethics, Georgia laws, interviewing techniques, sources of information, case managements, rules of evidence, types of investigations and report writing. Click here to get started. (Board Approved License #CTLR001021)