CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services

CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services



The CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to work as a licenced private investigator.

Successful completion of the Certificate III in Investigative Services may lead to a range of career prospects including:

  • Private Investigator
  • Insurance Fraud Investigator
  • Surveillance Operative
  • Self-employed investigator
Nationally Recognised Training

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on the state you intend seeking your private inquiry agents’ licence. Generally you must be 18 years or age or older and have had no criminal convictions in the previous 10 years to be eligible for a private inquiry agents licence. Driving offences (e.g. speeding, drink driving, etc.) are not normally disqualifying offences.

Please note that Victorian and Western Australian residents must attend a face to face training program to obtain a private investigators licence in those states. Online training is not accepted by the police licensing sections in both states.

Units of Competency

A total of 15 units are required to achieve the award of Certificate III in Investigative Services, 12 of which are mandatory core units and 3 electives units.

Core units Nominal hours (332)
BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships 40
BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development 30
CPPSEC3001A Maintain workplace safety in the security industry 30
CPPSEC3009A Prepare and present evidence in court 24
CPPSEC3026A Work effectively in the investigative services industry 20
CPPSEC3027A Develop investigative plan 25
CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report 20
CPPSEC3029A Provide quality investigative services to clients 8
CPPSEC3030A Conduct surveillance 30
CPPSEC3031A Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle 10
CPPSEC3032A Gather information by factual investigation 30
CPPSEC3033A Conduct interviews and take statements 30
Elective units
CPPSEC3012A Store and protect information 10
CPPSEC3034A Operate information gathering equipment 10
FNSMCA304 Locate subjects 15


Other electives may be selected in accordance with the packaging rules of this qualification. For information with regards to the selection of different elective units, please contact your trainer or our office.

Delivery Options

This nationally recognised qualification is available via online self-paced distance learning methods. Distance learning students have 12 months from the date of enrolment to complete the qualification.

Because everyone learns at different rates the duration of the course will vary depending upon the hours that you dedicate to your studies. The nominal hours listed are a guide, but is anticipated that students would dedicate approximately 20 hours per week if studying full time and approximately 10 hours per week if studying part time. Participants with access to a workplace may contextualise some of their assessment tasks to their workplace. Participants without access to a suitable workplace will be given case studies, practical activities and projects based on a simulated workplace.

Participants with previous experience may apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment. This alternate assessment method may reduce the amount of time required to complete this qualification and may reduce the cost. Refer to RPL for more information.


Suggested pathways for further study after completion of this qualification include:

  • PSP40512 Certificate IV in Government (Investigation)
  • CPP40707 Certificate IV in Security Risk Management or
  • BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course fees

Each qualification or training course offered by KPS has a specific maximum course fee that will be charged to the student. This fee is inclusive of all tuition and assessment, student support, electronic copies of reference materials and learner guides, and access to mandatory resources and equipment.

The total cost of this qualification is:

  • $1740 (online distance learning)
  • $975 (RPL)

Pay as you go options available for individual enrolments only and are charged per unit (total cost divided by number of units). Face to face fees are based on South East Queensland courses, fees may vary in other delivery locations. Discounts for multiple course enrolments may apply. Fees are subject to change without notice.