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
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

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 distance learning or blended methods.

Option 1 – Study by correspondence
Distance learning students complete the qualification at their own pace across 57 weeks using learning resources accessible via our online student portal. This means you can fit your study in with your lifestyle. 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.

Option 2 – Face to face training
Classroom courses are delivered in house at your workplace or at one of our public courses. Face to face courses are delivered over 5 days, with a further 12 months to complete the qualification. 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.