Private Investigator Training Program / Course

Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.


Private detectives and investigators offer many services for individuals, attorneys, and businesses. Examples are performing background checks, investigating employees for possible theft from a company, proving or disproving infidelity in a divorce case, and helping to locate a missing person.

Private detectives and investigators use a variety of tools when researching the facts in a case. Much of their work is done with a computer, allowing them to obtain information such as telephone numbers, details about social networks, descriptions of online activities, and records of a person’s prior arrests. They make phone calls to verify facts and interview people when conducting a background investigation. Investigators may go undercover to observe people and to obtain information.

Career Opportunities:

  • Private Investigator

Employment Outlook:

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.


The average wage for this career is $22.81 hourly, or $47,450 annually plus tips.


Location and Hours:

  • South Dade Technical College (Certificate – 40 Hours)

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