Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators

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Nationally recognised qualification for the UK's Professional Investigators

Bisio Training is proud to present the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators as an E-Learning revision and study package.

Totally On-line.

Only requires a PC and Internet access.

No software downloads.

No Loss of business.

No Accommodation fees.

Study at your leisure.

"Revise what you know, study what you don't!"

New Pricing for 2015 - now only £349.00 + VAT

  • 30 Interactive E-Learning Tutorials
  • Regular On-line 'Live' Classroom sessions
  • All current Legislation (Made relevant by our 'in-house' Barrister and includes the Bribery Act 2010 & Protection of Freedoms Act 2012)
  • Invigilated Exam
  • Free retake if required
  • Hundreds of sample exam questions

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From the comfort of your computer, at work or at home, you will be able to learn the following key aspects of private investigation:
        • Gathering Electronic Evidence
        • Operational Preparation and Planning
        • Taking Witness Statements
        • Investigative Interviewing Skills and Techniques
        • Exhibit Handling
        • Gathering Information by Surveillance
        • Surveillance Logkeeping
        • The Bribery Act 2010
        • The Computer Misuse Act 1990
        • The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
        • The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
        • The Data Protection Act 1998
        • The Freedom of Information Act 2000
        • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
        • The Human Rights Act 1998
        • The National Intelligence Model
        • The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
        • The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998
        • The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
        • The Sexual Offences Act 2003
        • Solicitors Conduct Rules 2007
        • The Private Security Industry Act 2001
        • Open Source Intelligence
        • Conflict of Interest
        • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
        • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
        • Money Laundering Regulations
        • Consumer Credit Act 1974
        • BS102000
        • Meeting Client Needs

Bisio Training is an EDI and IQ approved Training and bespoke E-Learning provider. An established training company, Bisio has over 12 years experience delivering high quality training to the public and private sector. In addition to its face to face training, Bisio also offers cost effective, online E-learning training and revision courses. This includes the accredited and nationally recognised Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators. This qualification, which started on the 15th March 2012, is based on the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) specifications for core competency training and covers all the necessary understanding and skills required by those wishing to operate as a licensed Professional Investigator when licensing comes into effect in 2014. The award consists of two Units:-

A/503/0679 - Principles of planning and reporting investigations
M/503/0680 - Principles of gathering and using information for investigations


Unit 1 focuses on:-
Knowing how to establish the objectives and ongoing feasibility of an investigation including:-
Determining the purpose of different investigations
Assessing what information is needed to meet different investigational requirements
Identifying criteria for establishing the feasibility of an investigation
Stating the appropriate legislation that should be followed when carrying out investigations
Identifying possible consequences of carrying out an investigation and
Explaining how to establish collaborative relationships with all involved.
Knowing how to deal with actual or potential conflicts of interest including:-
Stating what options are available to deal with conflicts of interest in an investigation
Explaining the possible consequences of not dealing effectively with conflicts of interest and
Knowing how to report and present the findings of an investigation including:-
Describing the different types of investigation reports and
Describing the requirements of investigation reports in terms of meeting client and legal needs.

Unit 2 focuses on:-
Knowing how to research and analyse information in support of an investigation including:-
Identifying appropriate sources of information to support an investigation
Evaluating the main methods of researching information
Explaining why information and evidence should be analysed and graded
Explaining the value of corroborating information
Explaining why it is important to maintain the continuity and integrity of evidence and
Stating the requirements of legislation relevant to searching for, obtaining and handling information, including the disposal of information not needed to support an investigation.
Knowing how to interview people to gather information including:-
Describing the main types of interview and when they should be used
Describing relevant interview techniques and procedures
Describing how to carry out effective interviews
Explaining how relevant legislation and SIA Standards of Behaviour impact on interviewing and
Describing how information should be recorded during an interview and stored after the interview for evidence in court
Knowing how surveillance can be used to gather information including:-
Describing how to prepare and plan a surveillance operation
Describing overt and covert surveillance techniques that comply with relevant legislation and
Describing the different equipment that can legally be used during surveillance operations in terms of its capabilities, limitations and suitability.
Understanding how to maintain the security and confidentiality of information gathered including:-
Explaining why the security and confidentiality of information must be maintained
Describing situations where the personal health and safety of the investigator may be at risk and
Explaining how to avoid or minimise personal health and safety risks.

With our unique, interactive online package you will get a solid background into these skills and techniques and be confident that you are acting both lawfully and ethically in your investigations. Based on methodologies and techniques followed and employed by police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the UK it serves not only as an excellent revision package for experienced investigators but also a comprehensive package for those new to the industry.

By taking Bisio’s E-learning course you will save on accommodation costs, subsistence costs, travel costs and loss of earnings from attending a residential course. The qualification is knowledge-based and Bisio believes the basic knowledge required in order to obtain the award is achievable much more cost-effectively through online learning. Bisio accepts however that any Professional Investigator wishing to develop his/her knowledge to a higher level than level 3 will require further training. Bisio has delivered high quality training courses to both the private and public sector for many years and learners are welcome to enquire about our more advanced courses.

By completing the EDI or IQ level 3 Award now, the qualification will remain valid for a period of three years. On the 31st July 2013, Theresa May, the Home Secretary announced that licensing of investigators will start in 2014 so the qualification, if taken this year, will be valid until 2016; well in time to apply for your licence.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

APL/APEL is a process that recognises that some of the learning that can contribute to the award of the professional investigator’s qualification has already taken place. The approach is that wherever and whenever the experience occurred, the evidence of the learning must be proven. It enables the recognition of achievement resulting from a range of activities using valid assessment methodology. The APL/APEL should cover everything in enough detail. For this recognition to be acceptable to the awarding bodies and regulatory authorities evidence must be:

Authentic, Current, Relevant & Sufficient

In a recent interview for the Private Investigator’s Magazine, Bisio expressed its view on this subject and said:-

‘......revise what you know study what you don’t.....’ Bisio Training Ltd

“We will not be encouraging any of our students to apply for APEL. We are unique in that we deliver the whole Level 3 Professional Investigator’s Award by e-learning. As it is made up of 30 different tutorials covering every aspect of the course we will leave the students to ‘revise what they know and study what they don’t.’ The package is so competitively priced that it seems ludicrous that students would take the chance on passing the examination without any revision or study.”

Bisio Online training also provides all the legislation necessary, legal and educational to complete the EDI or IQ Level 3 Award. Its tutorial-style delivery covers the 39 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) recommended by the SIA.

The programme covers a wide range of topics such as Police and Criminal Evidence Act, 1984, the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (as amended by the Criminal Justice Act 2003), the Computer Misuse Act, the Consumer Credit Act, Sections 67 and 68 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Public Interest (Disclosure) Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the Bribery Act 2010, Health and Safety Acts and Regulations, the Solicitors Conduct Rules 2007 and the Code of Conduct for those providing investigative services as set out in the recently published British Standard 102000. It also covers the difference between Criminal and Civil law and how this impacts on the role of the Professional Investigator.

Together with its comprehensive document library and its ‘Ask the Tutor’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) facility it prepares the investigator with all the necessary skills and knowledge to sit and pass the externally set, marked and invigilated examination.

The training package, with its interactive distance learning facilities, allows investigators to study at home or in the office and at their own pace. Learners new to the Industry however can also benefit from this comprehensive programme. By using the standards set out in BS 102000, the training is current, relevant and above all nationally recognised.

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