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

The units listed here have been selected based on industry consultation. The skills and knowledge learnt in this program is what employers and government agencies are looking for in their investigators.

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, self-paced online learning or blended methods.


Option 1 – Self paced online learning

Online learning students can complete the qualification at their own pace and in their own time. Learning resources are accessible and available via our online student portal. This means you can study when and where you want, to fit your study in with your lifestyle.

As you progress through each unit of the online program, you will obtain knowledge and skills focusing on individual aspects of the investigation process. Your assessments will be in a variety of formats such as short answer questions, case studies, and observation of practical activities. You will conduct a simulated investigation commencing with receipt of a complaint and planning your investigation, interviewing witnesses, evidence sourcing and handling, interviewing a subject person, and finalising the investigation by preparing an investigation report and compiling a brief of evidence. At the end of your investigation, you will give testimony about your investigation. By the end of the program, you will possess the core skills required of a government investigator.

All assessments are completed in your own time with no assessment due dates. There is no need to wait for feedback or assessments to be marked before moving to the next unit. Each unit of study provides assessment instructions you can easily follow to complete each assessment task successfully. Because everyone learns at different rates, the duration of the course will vary depending upon the hours that you dedicate to your studies and completion of assessments. Most KPS students complete the qualification within 6 to 9 months.

While the online program is self-paced, KPS will provide you with a dedicated 57-week training plan with a suggested study order and time frames to complete each unit of competency. This helps keep students motivated and on track. If you take a shorter or longer period than the scheduled 57 weeks to complete the qualification, there is no need to be concerned as your enrolment will not be affected.


Option 2 – Face to face training

Face to face training is delivered in house at your workplace or one of our public courses. The face to face component of the Certificate IV in Government Investigations is delivered across five days using a simulated investigation to support course lessons. Similar to the online program, your assessments will be in a variety of formats such as short answer questions, case studies, and observation of practical activities.

The training and assessment conducted in the face to face program are the same as the online program however instead of progressing bit by bit through the investigation process, during the face to face training course, you will conduct an investigation in real-time across the five days of the course.

You will receive tuition on the investigation process from receipt of the initial complaint and each of the investigation phases through to finalising your investigation. On the face to face course, you will conduct practical assessment activities such as planning your investigation, interviewing witnesses, exercising regulatory powers, evidence seizure and handling, interviewing a subject person and giving evidence.

Post-course, participants complete the remainder of the qualification assessments, including knowledge questions and finalising their on course simulated investigation activities such as preparing statements, developing an investigation report and a brief of evidence. Participants may also choose to complete post-course assessments using investigations they conduct in the workplace as evidence, or for participants who don’t have access to investigations in the workplace, using online assessment booklets. These flexible options are designed to suit all training participants, whether you are currently working as an investigator or not. There are no due dates on assessments and no exams.


Option 3 – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Participants with previous government investigation 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)
  • $1800 (online distance learning)
  • $975 (RPL)

All course fees must be paid prior to attendance at a face to face course.

Online distance learning students can pay course fees via four different payment options.

  1. pay $1500 upon enrolment and pay the remaining course fee of $300 the following month.
  2. pay $600 upon enrolment and pay remaining course fees across 2 monthly payments of $600.
  3. pay $300 upon enrolment and pay remaining course fees across 5 monthly payments of $300.
  4. pay $150 upon enrolment and pay remaining course fees across 11 monthly payments of $150.

Fees are subject to change without notice.