Private Investigator Online Training

The largest provider of private investigator training in Ontario

Ontario Private Investigator Online Training Course

Who is The Smith Investigation Agency?


We are a full-service private investigative firm who several years ago decided we needed more private investigators who were quality driven and wanted to succeed. We started our online private investigator training course after nearly one year of research to ensure our course was not only informative, but also professional and would always keep the students’ attention.

We are the largest training provider in Ontario presently, and we have been rated #1 in focus groups as well as by an independent party two years in a row and you can also find us on the official list of private security and investigative services training providers. 

To work within the investigative services industry in the province of Ontario, an individual is required to take and pass the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services’ (MCSCS) 50-hour training course. The training is required for individuals pursuing a career as a private investigator in Ontario.

Are we just a PI training facility?

No, The Smith Investigation Agency regularly works with Canada’s largest insurance companies as well as corporations and legal firms completing investigative services. Given we have offices in all major cities in Ontario, including Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie, & Sudbury, our need for quality private eyes is always growing. That’s why we started the training program.

Who do I take my PI course with?


With so many companies now offering training, it is difficult to know who to choose to set you on the right path for a private investigator career. If you want to be a private investigator, you should take your training with a PI company. Security companies that offer training have no ability to find you work in the industry you’re looking to join after you receive your PI license. Additionally, it is important to ask how long the course has been accredited. Our course is one of the original courses with the most information to ensure you pass the exam.

How do I become a private investigator in Ontario?


Our online private investigator training course syllabus is based on the required MCSCS guidelines. Once you complete our private investigator basic training 50-hour course, we will issue you a certificate of completion. With that training completion number, you will then contact SERCO to schedule your exam.

Once you pass the exam, you will contact the MCSCS to apply for your license.

In our experience, private investigators can make a minimum of $50,000+ a year to start. The average private investigator who works full-time after completing our PI course or PI training with The Smith Investigation Agency makes approximately $4,000.00 per month.

The Smith Investigation Agency’s private investigator training course syllabus is based on the required MCSCS guidelines.

Is the Private Investigation training offered in class or online?

Where and how the private investigator training course is offered is up to the training facility. Most training facilities offer a combination of either online, in-class or a combination of both. The Smith Investigation Agency is one of these facilities.


Why should I take the Private Investigation course with The Smith Investigation Agency?

The Smith Investigation Agency provides one of the leading private investigation courses in Ontario. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and a #1 rating from several independent review boards, The Smith Investigation Agency is recognized as one of the biggest providers of private investigation training in the province.


The Smith Investigation Agency has also earned Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence.


How easy is it to find a job once I earn my Private Investigation license?

Any student who demonstrates a high degree of skill can earn employment as a private investigator. Currently, there is a lot of room for private investigators to gain employment quite quickly after graduation.


Many private investigator training facilities will offer their best students employment opportunities. The Smith Investigation Agency for example, offers work to its successful students. While it is impossible to offer hundreds of student’s full-time employment, large-scale investigations often require large numbers of private investigators. In these situations, The Smith Investigation Agency will contact their licensed students FIRST.


The Smith Investigation Agency is always looking to hire private investigators to work in many different areas of Ontario including,


  • Toronto
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga
  • GTA
  • Hamilton
  • Scarborough
  • Oakville
  • Niagara Falls
  • Kingston
  • Peterborough
  • Barrie
  • Ottawa
  • Cornwall
  • Sudbury
  • North Bay
  • Timmins
  • Muskoka
  • Huntsville
  • Thunder Bay
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Windsor
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Guelph
  • Cambridge


One of the many benefits to working as a private investigator is that you have the option to find work anywhere. You can work throughout Ontario, just in your hometown, or even in another city.



Our Investigations Course


Our private investigation course is completely online and is accessible to the student 24/7, which allows students to complete the investigations training on their own time. The investigator training course is in audio and video format to suit any learning style.

The training course consists of the following sections:

Investigation Course Syllabus


Investigation Course Syllabus:

1. Introduction to the Private Investigation Industry
2. The Private Security and Investigative Services Act
3. Provincial and Federal Statutes
4. Criminal and Civil Law
5. Investigative Techniques
6. Principles of Ethical Reasoning/Decision-making
7. Key Principles of Communication and Interaction
8. Self-Management Skills

Job Placement Opportunities


The Smith Investigation Agency provides placement opportunities to students who have completed our private investigator training or private investigation course! As we are proud to have hundreds of PI training students, we naturally cannot hire all PI courses students full-time with our agency. However, we often have large projects that require dozens of private investigators, and we call our PI training students FIRST! Anyone who shows significant skill can be hired as a full-time surveillance investigator.

We are always looking for the BEST private investigators in Ontario, as that’s how our clients remain happy with our services. We offer the best of the best! If you are wondering “how do I become a private investigator in Ontario?” We often receive calls about our private detective training, detective school, etc. however in Ontario; we are legally only called private investigators.

We are continually looking for private investigators in the following areas of Ontario: Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, GTA, Hamilton, Scarborough, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Peterborough, Barrie, Ottawa, Cornwall, Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins, Muskoka, Huntsville, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, London, Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, and more.

While working as a private investigator, you will have the opportunity to work throughout the province of Ontario or just in your hometown – whichever you prefer.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to watch our video below, give us a call, or send us an email. Our team would be happy to speak with you about becoming a private investigator after completing our private investigator school!

Once we receive the payment notification, your login information will be set up right away, and you can begin our award-winning private investigator course! We look forward to working with you! The Smith Investigation Agency also issues 25 AIR MILES® Reward Miles after completion of your investigator training.

The Better Business Bureau accredits The Smith Investigation Agency. Start with Trust with The Smith Investigation Agency! Want to view our customer feedback? Visit our BBB link to view our excellent reviews.

Why complete your security school with us?

That’s a great question; we are known and recognized as the largest provider of private investigator training in Ontario, and we are working hard to ensure we become the top provider in security courses as well.

We are an award-winning facility that holds the Consumers Choice Award for Business Excellence within our company and our services. We are also rated #1 for training in Toronto by several independent review boards. We maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are the only Investigative or Security company in Ontario to offer 25 AIR MILES® Reward Miles for completing your security guard training with us.

Course Duration: 50 hours

Course Costs: $199.99

To pay via Credit Card or Paypal select the “Buy Now” button. There is a processing fee for Paypal and Credit Card! If you would like to pay via Interact email money transfers you can send the E-Transfer to of $225.99. Please note E-Transfers may take a few hours before they are received. With E-transfers, please also send us an email with your full name, email address, and home address at the same time you send payment.  NO REFUNDS ON OUR PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR COURSE, PI TRAINING! If you are paying using someone else’s credit card information, please notify us immediately after payment, so we do not issue the course to the incorrect person.

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Physical Private Investigator Training (Hands-On PI Training):

At The Smith Investigation Agency, we pride ourselves on having the best investigators in Ontario. We believe training should go beyond the classroom or online training. Which is why we know continuous training is imperative. However, we suggest you only receive training from the company you wish to work for. There are investigative agencies who offer hands-on surveillance training, but these companies are not recognized and often leave new investigators with poor habits which are difficult to break. Once you are trained by your employer, the opportunities for a private investigator who obtains the necessary skills and abilities will be increased wages and trust with the freedom to travel throughout Ontario, Canada, and abroad.

For more information regarding training, please call an office near you. We have offices with private investigators in Southern Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Western Ontario and Northern Ontario.

Covert Surveillance Equipment:

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