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Certificate III in Investigative Services

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CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services

Compensation claims in Queensland are on the rise, and with this comes fraudulent activity and claims. This results in a high request for licensed Private Investigators.

Private Investigators are required in both civil and criminal investigation processes and are employed on a contract or in-house basis by both private and government organisations.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Investigate insurance fraud
  • Gather evidence for a law firm
  • Lead internal investigations
  • Locate missing people
  • Investigate and report on facts
  • Carry out interviewing, surveillance and court procedures

Government funding for CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services is available for eligible participants under the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program. For more information and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate III in Investigative Services (CPP30607).

This will allow for the application to the Office of Fair Trading Queensland for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence with the single licence function “Private Investigator”.

This course also allows for the addition of the “Private Investigator” licence function to an existing Class 1 Security Providers Licence.

A Security Providers Licence is required in QLD to carry out work as a Private Investigator.

Possible areas of work may include:

  • Workers Compensation Investigation
  • General Insurance Investigation
  • Motor Vehicle Accident CTP Investigation
  • Public Liability Investigation
  • Local, state and federal Government Investigation
  • Plaintiff Investigation
  • Criminal Defence Investigation
  • Loss Adjusting support services
  • Transport & Marine Accident

Entry Requirements

While there are no prerequisite requirements for entry into this course, there are licensing requirements that may prevent you from gaining your Security Providers Licence in order to be a private investigator if you do not meet them.

To apply for a Security Providers Licence you:

  • Must be 18 years or age or older
  • Must have had no criminal convictions in previous 10 years. Note; driving offences (e.g. speeding, drink driving, etc.) are not normally disqualifying offences.
  • Must be an Australian Citizen or hold an appropriate visa to work in Australia. Please be advised we are unable to train students on a student visa. You must find a CRICOS registered training provider.

Please also note that Victoria and Western Australia investigations licensing requires a mandatory face to face course and therefore, our online methods will not be sufficient for you to gain your licence in these states.

Participants will require sufficient English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills for entry into this qualification. You will be required to undertake an Online LLN ASSESSMENT prior to commencing enrolment in this course.

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Units of Competency

To be awarded this qualification you must show competency in a total of 15 units.
These units have been selected to give you the most comprehensive overview of the skills required working as an investigator.

Core units

  • BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development
  • CPPSEC3001A Maintain workplace safety in the security industry
  • CPPSEC3009A Prepare and present evidence in court
  • CPPSEC3026A Work effectively in the investigative services industry
  • CPPSEC3027A Develop investigative plan
  • CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
  • CPPSEC3029A Provide quality investigative services to clients
  • CPPSEC3030A Conduct surveillance
  • CPPSEC3031A Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle
  • CPPSEC3032A Gather information by factual investigation
  • CPPSEC3033A Conduct interviews and take statements

Elective units*

  • CPPSEC3012A Store and protect information
  • CPPSEC3034A Operate information gathering equipment
  • FNSMCA304 Locate Subjects

In order to apply for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence in QLD, participants must complete all of the above 15 units. No substitution of units is allowed. For all other states, please check with your relevant department regarding rules around licensing to ensure you are selecting the correct units. You can view more information about the requirements of this qualification on training.gov.au.

Delivery Options

Standard Online Delivery

1 unit per month for 12 months. Includes regular contact with a trainer via zoom web conferencing. Should allow 20 – 25 hours per week to study.

Accelerated Learning

For people with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications. 2 units per month for 6 months. Should allow 30 – 40 hours per week to study.

Assessment Only / RPL

For people with evidence of their extensive experience.

We aim to have all RPL assessments finalised within 12 weeks but it is usually much quicker. The actual timeframe depends on the course you are seeking RPL for, how long it takes you to supply the evidence and how long it takes us to verify your evidence.

You can complete our Free Skills Assessment right now to determine if this is the right option for you.

Custom Enrolment

If you wish to customise your course, change your elective units or study load please contact us to request an individual learning plan. Changes to units for this qualification cannot be guaranteed due to licensing requirements.

Please Note: This program includes some clustered units where you may complete more than 1 unit concurrently to allow for completion of your course within the 6 or 12 month time frames.

The number of hours outlined is a guide only and each individual will learn at a different pace. Students may request an extension or submit their assessments early as required to suit their individual learning needs.


After completing this course you may wish to further your studies with:

Course Fees

Course fees may vary depending on the location and delivery mode of the course.


Recognition of Prior Learning
Payment Plans available

Note: Through Debit Success Direct Deposit, it can take up to 4 days for the first installment to come through to our team – depending on when you set your installment repayments to start. So, after signing up for your course it is likely you will need to wait a couple of days before you can begin training.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding

Eligible students in Queensland may receive government subsidised training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funded Co-Contribution Fees

Concession $15
Non-Concession $45

Please note the co-contribution fee may change after a review of your circumstances prior to enrolment in the qualification but will not exceed the above stated fees.

Please be advised that you will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program once you complete the Certificate III in Investigative Services.

You can review the Certificate 3 Guarantee Fact Sheet produced by the Department of Employment, Training and Small Business on their website.

Click here for Co-Contribution Fee Breakdown

Submit Government Funding Application

You can also complete your application at one of our office locations. Call us now on 1300 731 602 to schedule a time.


Applications made for Security Providers Licences are handled by the Office of Fair Trading Queensland.

This qualification covers all necessary content to allow participants to apply for their Class 1 Security Providers Licence with the endorsement “Private Investigator”. This application incurs a fee that is payable direct to the Office of Fair Trading.

The cost of this licence is not included in the cost of the course but support will be given to completing the licence application during class.

You will not be able to submit your licence application until you have successfully completed this course and received your certificate.

Working as a Private Investigator

Government Funding Eligibility

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