International Security Solutions
Investigative Career Program

A career course with over 50 classes covering:

LAW, Information Sources, Investigative Method, Court Preparation, and Business Intelligence.

The US Department of Labor has identified the job of the Private Investigator as the fifth fastest growing field in the U.S. over the next five years. The Investigative Career Program consists of 53 classes comprising a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of investigations. With more than five years in operation, and with instructors whose average time as investigators is more than twenty years, the ICP has provided hundreds of students with an excellent start in the field of private investigations.

The field of private investigations is a rich and satisfying career opportunity. Job opportunities are available in both the private and the public sector. Examples include insurance surveillance, undercover, shopping services, background investigations, polygraph examiner, and many more exciting opportunities!

The course is available as a daytime or evening offering here in San Francisco. This course is not currently available as a Web or corespondence course, due to the intensive nature of instructor involvement. With 18 instructors made up of law enforcement professionals, attournies, and professional licensed private investigators, this course is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. There is a Certificate of Completion granted with successful completion of the course.

Students recieve substantial job search assistance, help preparing their resumes for the field, and coaching on cover letters and interviewing skills.The ICP currently has a placement rate greater than 80%!

The daytime classes run eight weeks, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM. The evening classes run 13 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 6 PM to 10 PM. There are several field trips that occur in the daytime only, requiring evening class students to attend for those sessions in the day course. Because the course is designed around five sections (see below), enrollment can start at any section start. Contact the school directly for the next start date in the session you desire. We also offer a special course for paralegal professionals. Call for details.

There is both street and garage parking in the immediate area. For out-of-town students, we have arrangements with a nearby hotel at student rates. Payments can be made directly or with a Visa or Master Card. Loans are available, as well. If you are a California resident, and currently on unemployment, contact the EDD to inquire about the Workforce Investment Act for re-training assistance. Individuals on Workers Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation should speak to their counselors about our training. We will be happy to send your counselor all the necessary information to help you get started in a new career today! Contact us for details.

If you are a paralegal professional, contact us about our new Paralegal Investigative Skills Program!

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Course Outline


T hese classes are designed for a basic understanding of  the laws that affect the investigator.

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Business and Professional Codes
  • Privacy
  • CAJI Jury Instructions
  • Drugs and Gangs
  • Family Domestic Relationships
  • Polygraph
  • Bail Enforcement
  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Crimes
    These classes are designed to help the investigator  conduct effective record searches through public information sources.  Included are: Federal, State, and Local government records, Databases, CD  ROMS, Microfiche, Internet and other sources.
  • Background Investigations
  • Skiptracing
  • Sources of Information & Cultivation
  • Pretexts
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Confidential
  • Database Information System
  • Asset Searches
  • CD ROM Microfiche/Websites
  • Public Records
  • Internet High Tech Crimes
    These classes provide an introduction to the methods and  techniques investigators will use in the course of an investigation.
  • Surveillance/Subrosa
  • Fraud
  • Integrity Shopping Honesty Tests
  • Video Taping
  • Undercover Investigations
  • Photography
  • Workers Compensation AOE/COE
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Loss Prevention/Internal Theft Detection
    As attorneys are the major source of business for  investigators, these classes focus on the skills needed to work with  them.
  • Attorney Services
  • Court Testimony
  • Court Filings
  • Process Service
  • Electronic Debugging; Counter Measures
  • Copyright Infringement and Intellectual Property
    These classes cover gathering information, management and  communication skills.These skills make the difference in being a  successful investigator in this highly competitive field.
    • Corporate Investigations
    • Marketing Yourself
    • Environmental - Toxic Torts
    • Interrogation
    • Interviewing - Statements
    • Job Descriptions
    • Ethics - Do's and Don't's
    • Client Management
    • Law Enforcement Relationships
    • Report Writing
    • Communication Skills
    • Business Ownership
    • Insurance Defense
    • Psychological Profiling
    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Do you offer on-line classes?

    We at the Investigative Career Program feel that a classroom setting, where the student has face-to-face interaction with the instructor, offers the best educational opportunity for the learning of investigative skills. When the student has the opportunity to ask questions of the experienced investigator, and to hear other students ask questions that you might not have thought about, there is a greater opportunity to learn. This means that, unlike on-line or corespondence courses, where you get exposure to “Plan A” about an investigation situation, here at the ICP you will also learn about Plan B, which is what you need to know if Plan A fails!

    2. Do you offer financial aid?

     The ICP is a 212 hour course, and therefore falls below the minimum number of educational hours required for a course to be Title IV eligible for government grants or other types of state or Federal financial assistance. However, we do offer several different private loan programs, with interest rates ranging from 15% to 19%, for students with good credit backgrounds, or with a qualifying sponsor. We also accept Visa or MasterCard. Additionaly, there may be funds available from state programs such as the Workforce Investment Act. Call us for more information.

    3. How can I get more information?

     Call or email! If you contact us with email, be sure to include your snail mail address and phone number in the email so that we can send you more information immediately.

    4. Do I need a license to be a private investigator?

     Yes! Presenting yourself as a private investigator without a valid state license may subject you to fines and/or prosecution. To learn about the licensing requirements in the state of California, go to

    5. What kinds of career paths are available for private investigators?

     Jobs are available across an array of fields, from Insurance Investigations to Fraud Detection and Prevention, Missing Persons, Asset Location, Corporate Due Diligence, Process Serving, Bail Enforcement, Interviewing & Interrogations, Polygraph Examiner, and Shopping Services, to name just a few. There are also opportunities in the public sector with city, state, and federal agencies. Some jobs may require a BA or BS, and may also require a valid PI license, but many jobs are available to beginners in the field.

    6. What if I have a record - can I still become licensed as a private investigator?

    If you have a felony on your record, or a misdemeanor that is classified as on involving "moral turpitude", you cannot get licensed as a private investigator. Other misdemeanors on your record will not be a hindrance, however.

    Why put off your dream of an exciting career in private investigations any longer?

    Contact us today!

    (415) 775-4779