PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations

PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations



The PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to work as an investigator in Federal, State and Local Government organisations or for contractors conducting investigations on behalf of Government organisations. According to the Australian government Investigations Standards (AGIS) 2011 this qualification is the minimum level of training or qualification recommended for Government investigations staff and should be obtained before an officer is primarily engaged as an investigator.

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Government Investigations may lead to a range of career prospects including:

  • Government Investigator
  • Compliance Officer
  • Local Laws Officer
  • Ethical Standards Investigator

KPS can combine this qualification with the Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Regulatory Compliance).

Nationally Recognised Training

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisite units required for this qualification however previous experience or lower level qualifications in investigation or employment in the public sector may be beneficial.

Units of Competency

A total of 15 units are required to achieve the award of Certificate IV in Government Investigations, 6 of which are mandatory core units and 9 electives units.

Core units Nominal hours (415)
PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service 40
PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation 45
PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation 35
PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation 25
PSPREG003 Apply regulatory powers 30
PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews 50
Elective units
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 30
PSPREG005 Assess compliance 20
PSPREG008 Act on non-compliance 10
PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview 10
PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies 50
PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector 30
PSPREG009 Conduct search and seizure 10
PSPREG010 Prepare a brief of evidence 10
PSPREG011 Give evidence 20

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 face to face training courses, online self-paced distance learning or blended methods. Classroom courses are delivered over a maximum of 10 days depending on units selected, with a further 12 months to complete required assessments. 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:

  • PSP50716 Diploma of Fraud Control
  • PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations or
  • Other relevant Diploma qualifications

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:

  • $1950 (face to face/blended)
  • $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.