PSP41512 Certificate IV in Government (Investigation)

PSP41512 Certificate IV in Government (Investigation)



The PSP41512 Certificate IV in Government (Investigation) 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 (Investigation) may lead to a range of career prospects including:

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

Prospective students can elect to study this qualification with a focus on either administrative investigation or regulatory investigation depending on the skills suited to the particular roles.

The administrative investigation stream is best suited to persons conducting administrative, code of conduct or general workplace investigations.

The regulatory investigation stream is best suited to persons conducting regulatory investigations that require the production of a brief of evidence to support a prosecution or other enforceable action.

KPS can combine this qualification with the Certificate IV in Statutory Compliance and/or Fraud Control.

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 (Investigation), 10 of which are mandatory core units and 5 electives units.

Core units Nominal hours (440)
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service 40
PSPGOV412A Use advanced workplace communication strategies 50
PSPLEGN401A Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector 30
PSPREG401C Exercise regulatory powers 60
PSPREG404C Investigate non-compliance 50
PSPREG407B Produce formal record of interview 60
PSPREG411A Gather information through interviews 50
PSPREG412A Gather and manage evidence 40
PSPREG418A Advise on progress of investigations 30
PSPREG419A Finalise and report on investigations 30
Elective units (administrative investigation stream)  Nominal hours (190)
PSPOHS301A Contribute to workplace safety 30
PSPREG403B Assess compliance 60
PSPREG405B Act on non-compliance 30
PSPREG410B Give evidence 30
PSPREG413A Undertake inspections and monitoring 40
Elective units (regulatory investigation stream)  Nominal hours (240)
PSPOHS301A Contribute to workplace safety 30
PSPREG403B Assess compliance 60
PSPREG408C Conduct search and seizure 60
PSPREG409B Prepare a brief of evidence 60
PSPREG410B Give evidence 30


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:

  • PSP50612 Diploma of Government (Fraud Control)
  • PSP51712 Diploma of Government (Investigation)
  • CPP50611 Diploma of Security and Risk Management 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)
  • $1650 (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.