The Best Online Private Investigator Training Course in Ontario
We are the Best! We have won several awards for our services and training as well have dozens of 5-star reviews from previous students. We are continually working on making sure our course is the best on the market. We maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and are the only company in Ontario with the 5-star guardcourse rating. The Smith Investigation Agency is a National and highly respected Investigations company. Many students desire to work with us upon completion of training.
We are an Award-Winning National Private Investigative Agency and the largest provider of the Online Private Investigator Training Course in Ontario. We have won the prestigious Consumers Choice Award two years in a row, and we continue to exceed the industry standards for training. We have a 99% success rate with students and have trained thousands of over the years and continue to provide the best Private Investigator Training School in Ontario.
When we started the investigative training program years ago, it was because we needed more investigators. However, we quickly realized there was a shortage of suitable training providers in Ontario and did not want to see people not succeed just because there were no quality providers. So we worked with dozens of experts to create the best online training course available for individuals looking to become a Private Investigator. Our investigator training is informative, captivating, and precisely what you need to pass the Ministry exam.
The Private Investigative industry is thrilling and financially rewarding, and we have yet to see someone who did not enjoy working in the industry once licensed. Obtaining a job is also easy right now as many investigators are transitioning into retirement and new investigators are needed. Currently, in Ontario, there are only 2,211 licensed private investigators (last updated Sep 1, 2018). With nearly 800 companies in Ontario, this leaves room for lots of new hires.
To work as a Private Investigator in Ontario, you are required to take the 50-hour investigator training course with an accredited trainer. We are certified by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services’ (MCSCS) to provide the training in Ontario. If you want to verify a company as being a legitimate provider of the Private Investigator Course in Ontario, you can do so on the MCSCS website.
The Smith Investigation Agency is a Nationally known Private Investigative Firm who operates in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario. We work with Canada’s largest insurance companies as well as corporations and legal firms completing investigative services. We have offices throughout Canada. However, our training is currently in Ontario only, and we are located in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, North York, Newmarket, Hamilton, Barrie, Ottawa, London and offer training online throughout the province. As our agency is as large as it is we are continually hiring for investigators and students who take our course are offered employment before we search elsewhere.
Cheapest is NOT the best. Hosting online investigator training and continued research to make sure your course is up to date, and informative is not cheap. So consider these options when purchasing training. If the course is the cheapest on the market, it is likely because it has the least information and a newer training provider. The Smith Investigation Agency is one of the first companies to begin offering training when it was first required. Our course has the most information available to private investigator students who want to become licensed private investigators. There are many versions of the Ministry exam, and not all companies have the information necessary to ensure you pass the course. Our course is filled with the material to help you succeed as well as keep your attention going the entire time. There are lots of companies who just became accredited in the last year or so that do not have the information of the proper courses to ensure you succeed. One way to tell if the course is not legitimate is to determine if each module is timed. If the MInistry were to audit us, we have to provide proof that you completed the training. If the training modules are not timed, you will have to retake and pay for the training again with a legitimate provider.
Complete the mandatory private investigator basic training 50-hour course, then we will issue you a completion number. Once you have the completion number you can schedule your exam with SERCO at a local Drive Test Centre and once you pass the exam you can apply for your license with the Ministry. You must be 18 years or older and have a clean criminal record.
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.
Where and how the private investigator training course is offered is up to the training facility. Most training facilities provide a combination of either online, in-class or a combination of both. The Smith Investigation Agency is one of these facilities. However, we find the most often picked course is the online investigator course as it can be completed at your own pace and is available to you 24/7 — no need to miss work and pay triple the price for the PI training.
As we mentioned, there are just over 2000 licensed investigators in the industry as of September 2018. This means the industry needs new hires. On average when we hire investigators, there is a minimum of a dozen to two dozen companies hiring for investigators throughout Ontario.
Many private investigator training facilities claim to hire all their previous students, and this is just false and impossible. We for instance as the largest provider in Ontario having hundreds of students per year could simply not hire everyone. However, investigators in the areas we are searching for can apply like anyone else and obtain employment.
Prime areas Private Investigators are hired in Ontario:
- North York
- Niagara Falls
- North Bay
- Thunder Bay
- Sault Ste. Marie
One of the many benefits of 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 Private Investigations Course
Our private investigation school is entirely 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
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.
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Private Investigator Training
Course Cost: $199.99
Course Duration: 50 hours
Security Guard Training & Private Investigator Training COMBO (includes First Aid)
Course Cost: $349.99 + tax
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.