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Certificate III in Investigative Services

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CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services

CPP30619 will be available soon.

Students enrolling into the current CPP30607 will be required to complete their qualification by February 2021 or transition to the new qualification.

The Office of Fair Trading in QLD has advised that they will only accept the CPP30607 qualification for licensing until 29 March, 2021. You can view full details here.

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

This is a qualification for investigators, responsible for factual investigation and inquiry work or covert surveillance operations. Investigators operate under limited supervision and use discretion and judgement to search for information about a person’s character, actions or work and gather evidence that may be used in court.

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

Not sure which security course fits your needs? Find out more about the requirements for security licensing and which course provides you your desired career outcome here!

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.

Find out your LLN level now!

Units of Competency

To be awarded this qualification you must show competency in a total of 15 units.

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

Delivery Options

Standard Online Delivery

1 unit per month for 12 months. Includes regular contact with a trainer. 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


Total investment: $2800

First payment: $450

For online courses, the initial fee payable comprises of an enrolment fee plus the first unit fee.

A training plan will be created for you outlining the agreed delivery time frame and a payment schedule provided outlining staged payments aligned to final assessment.

Payments can be scheduled via a zipmoney payment plan or paid as you progress via agreed payment method. Please note that there are no refunds for the initial enrolment/first unit fee or agreed unit delivery per the training plan schedule.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Total investment: $1600

Before enrolling, you will be required to complete a Free Skills Assessment to determine your eligibility for an RPL pathway.

After an initial assessment, if you wish to proceed, you will complete an Enrolment Form and be issued an invoice for an initial 50% deposit of the total investment. This is non-refundable. Throughout the RPL evidence gathering process if gaps in evidence are identified and full study is required, the training plan and fees will be discussed with you.

If you are eligible for full RPL on your qualification, on completion of the evidence gathering process you will be issued with the final 50% invoice to be paid prior to issuing of your certificate.

You will have 90 days to submit all appropriate evidence for your qualification. Should you exceed 90 days an extension fee will apply.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding

Please note that we are not currently taking funding applications under the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this qualification. This is because the teach-out period for this qualification is March 2021 and the new CPP30619 has not yet been approved for funding.

Payment Options

  • Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa & Amex)
  • Direct Deposit
  • PayPal (selected locations only)
  • zipMoney Payment Plans

ZipMoney Interest Free Terms

3 Months Interest Free $200 – $500
6 Months Interest Free $501 +

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Extension Request Fees

Should you require an extension on your study, an extension fee of $100 per request per month is required.

Assessment Re-Submission Fees

Should you be deemed not competent after 2 attempts at a unit of competency, an assessment re-submission fee of $100 will apply per assessment.


Should you wish to cancel your course or your enrolment is cancelled by us due to no progress and you then wish to re-enrol, a re-enrolment fee of 25% of the standard course fee will apply if requested within 3 months of initial cancellation. If re-enrolment is requested within 4 – 12 months of initial cancellation, 50% of the standard course fee will apply.


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


“I recently completed my training at Asset College at Spring Hill. The course design was well put together, and was presented in a manner that was easy to understand, and interesting.

Our Instructor, Craig, knew his stuff. Great teacher, good demo’s, lots of relevant info. The staff at Asset College are friendly and approachable, nothing was too much trouble and the follow up has been awesome! Highly recommend!”

Jeremy Baker

Certificate III in Investigative Services
State Winner

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