Private Investigator Courses
Blackford Centre for Private Investigation
Diploma in Private Investigation Course FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
About the tutors
Are the tutors professional private investigators?
Yes, all tutors are working as professional private investigators.
Does the cost for the course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?
There are no other costs or fees.
Can I spread the cost of the courses over a period of time?
Yes. You can make five monthly payments. It costs 20% more. You can find the cost of paying by instalments by clicking here.
How could I get my money back if I don't like the course?
Just return the course in good condition within 60 days of receiving it, and we'll send you a full refund.
How long does it usually take to complete the course?
Many students complete the course in five months. But you can do it as quickly or slowly as you want. That's one advantage of distance learning.
Do I need to finish the course within a certain time?
You can take as long as you want. Unlike other organisations, we don't set any time limits.
What does the course cost?
You can find the cost of the course by clicking here.
I live in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Borneo etc. Is the course suitable for me?
Yes. We have students in 28 countries.
How can I contact my tutor or the Blackford Centre?
There have two types of people you can contact - your tutor and a course advisor. The tutor marks your work, and helps you with any problems. You can fax, email or post assignments to your tutor, whenever you want.
We don't give out the tutor's phone number, because a few people would spend all day talking to their tutors, who would never get any work done.
But sometimes students get stuck, or have an urgent question. If so, you can phone a course advisor at the Blackford Centre at any time during work hours. If you leave a message out of work hours we'll call you back the next day. You can contact course advisors as often as you want, and about anything to do with private investigation.
Is the course accredited?
Our course has been accredited at Level 4 by NCFE an awarding body recognised by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
The course has been accredited under NCFE’s IIQ licence.
NCFE has been established since 1848. Over 340,000 learners from 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations choose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.
To read more about NCFE please go to www.ncfe.org.uk
We are registered with NCFE under our corporate trading name of 'Home Study Courses Limited'.
We are an Approved Learning Provider for ELCAS. Our Learner Provider Reference number is: 2558. To get to the ELCAS website, click here. To find us, search for our Learner Provider ID, which is 2558.
We are registered with ELCAS under our corporate trading name of 'Home Study Courses Limited'.
Will the course give me credits towards a degree or some other study?
No. But it will help you set up and run your own business. And we encourage all students to continue their studies after completing the course.
Registration for PIs
What qualifications do I need to practise as an investigator?
By law you don't need any special qualifications to be an investigator in the UK. However, it helps to have a recognised qualification such as ours.
Is the UK government setting up a register for investigators?
At some point in the future, the government may (or may not) set up a register, and if so they might require PIs to register on it.
But there are currently no firm proposals for such a register. It may take years to come about, if at all.
Therefore neither we nor anyone else knows whether any course will meet the requirements of the qualification, if one is ever produced.
However, If you become a PI now, you'll have time to build up a practice. That way, if a register is put in place, you'll be an experienced investigator and therefore eligible for the register. Or you'll have done further training to make you eligible. Or other solutions will have occurred to you, such as delegating certain types of work to your employees or freelancers.
What if the register prevents me from working as a PI
We understand that it could be a concern for you. So we undertake to refund your fees if you're unable to work as a PI due to a government register. Registering on this course is therefore guaranteed not to lose you money.
When can I do the course?
Can I start the course at any time?
Where can I study the course?
Is the course all from home, or do I have to go to a test centre?
It's all from home
Can I set up as a PI in Australia?
Click the link below for information about setting up as a PI in Australia.
Can I practise as a PI in South Africa?
How can I be sure that you're legitimate, and that you won't disappear with my money?
Here are some answers we hope will reassure you.
We've been in operation since 1995; so we're very established.
We publish our physical address at the bottom of each page - and you are welcome to visit us.
We're audited by NCFE twice a year (you can phone them to verify they do that).
You can read the Reviews of our students on the web site.
You can ask us for the contact details of former students who will talk to you about their experiences.
We publish an Ethical statement here.
We're registered at Companies House: registration number 352 4886
Our VAT number is 729 1528 23
- Our Licence number granted by the Office of Fair Trading under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 is 606843.
Our bank is NatWest, 7 High Street, Wells, Somerset (we have money in the bank and no loans or overdraft).
We're registered with the UK government's Register of Learning Providers (www.ukrlp.co.uk); Number 10009490.
And finally, we love what we do; and we wouldn't do anything to jeopardise it.
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