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Is Continuing Education Required for Private Investigators?

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At the National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA), our goal is to help our students succeed. One of the questions we often receive from both current students and seasoned investigators is whether or not continuing education is a requirement to maintain licensure.

The short answer is that requirements vary by state, so investigators should check with their local jurisdiction for confirmation. The long answer is that continuing education is valuable despite whether or not it’s required. Here’s why:

We Live in a Digital World

Even the most experienced Private Investigators understand the importance of staying abreast to the latest industry trends and developments. In today’s digital age, it’s even more valuable. Continuing education courses allow investigators to further develop their skills in surveillance, background checks, investigative canvasses, social media searches and more.

Technology is Evolving

In the private investigative field especially, technology is constantly evolving. From tablets to smart watches, all private investigators should be well-versed in electronic communication. With the rising demand for digital investigations, there is an even greater need to fully understand the various social media platforms and how the typical user interacts with them.

Ethics and Legal Implications

Private Investigators must be able to make swift, safe and lawful decisions by considering all available angles. State and federal laws have been known to change. Therefore, it’s critical that PIs receive ongoing training in regards to ethics and the legal implications associated with surveillance investigations. Without such knowledge ahead of time, an investigator’s snap decision could be the wrong one.

Competitive Environment

The expansion of NITA’s course offerings have provided unique opportunity for students to sharpen the skills required to begin and maintain their investigative career – all from the comfort of their home. Clients and employers seek the best candidate for the job, so continuing education courses provide a competitive advantage in your favor.

NITA’s comprehensive online program was designed to provide the real-world training and continuing education needed for a successful investigative career. NITA’s online courses are state-approved in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Click here to learn more and enroll today.

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