We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
Step 1: Gather the following materials
- A brief letter (250-word maximum) that describes your relevant experience, transferable skills, knowledge of the field and commitment to professional growth
- A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program’s admission requirements
Step 2: Apply
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- At least two years of college
- At least four years of relevant professional experience demonstrating skills transferable to the private investigation field, such as communication, management, business development, investigation or research skills
While not a requirement for entering this certificate program, if you intend to be an unarmed or armed private investigator working for a licensed private investigative agency, the Department of Licensing requires that you “have no criminal convictions that directly relate to your capacity to perform the duties of a private investigator and/or hinders public safety.”
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
Earning the Certificate
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.