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Essential Skills for the Professional Investigator


​The Essential Skills for Professional Investigators course has been formulated by associates at the Centre for Work Based Learning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who have forged successful careers in the world of professional investigative practice.

The course will teach participants the basic skills required of a professional investigator operating in both the private and public sector environments. It is designed to ensure that the participant has an understanding of the skills required to fulfil an investigative assignment, the legislation that underpins the investigative process, and the practical application of these skills to a competent practitioner level.

During the course the participant will learn about the rules of evidence and the types of evidence that are useful to investigators. They will be taught how to capture evidence through interviewing, statement taking, and the use of surveillance techniques. The participant will be taught how to differentiate between witnesses and suspects and will be expected to undertake a work based project that applies these skills to a proficient standard within the investigations industry.

The course is offered as a 20 credits Level 4 Foundation module spread over a 6 month period to enable the participant to complete classroom based learning, including a two day practical exercise, and for the participant to access a work placement in which the learned skills will be applied through an investigative project in the company of a practising professional investigator.

Course dates: TBC
Course length: 6 months: 8 days face to face teaching, and work based learning
Course location: 4 weekend sessions will be held over the 6 month period at Cardiff Metropolitan University's Llandaff Campus
Course fee: £2000 (funding may be available) 

Enrolment for the course is open now.

Places are limited. Please contact Gareth Bryon at or 
07580 918490 for further information and enrolment.​