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The Role, Tools and Techniques of Private Investigators

Getting Insight and Practical Advice to Being a Private Investigator

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Welcome to the Role, Tools and Techniques of Private Investigators that is delivered by police licensed private investigator Todd Hutchison.

The course covers:

  1. About the roles and specialist areas of private investigating
  2. The difference between a detective and a private investigator
  3. The difference between a workplace investigator and a private investigator
  4. Privacy principles
  5. Criminal elements
  6. Planning an investigation
  7. Locating people
  8. Using online and social media information to track a person
  9. Spy technology and the tools of the trade
  10. Surveillance conducted on foot
  11. Surveillance conducted in a vehicle
  12. Understanding evidence and the rules of evidence
  13. Evidence management
  14. Analysing intelligence
  15. Interviewing people
  16. The PEACE interviewing model
  17. Writing an investigation report
  18. Types of witness
  19. Witness Statements
  20. Presenting in court
  21. Being an Expert Witness

This is a fast-paced video-based education experience for those interested in, aspiring to become or currently residing in a private investigator role.

The cost of the course is US$77, however tax may be charged depending on the country you are a resident in.


Your Instructor


Todd Hutchison
Todd Hutchison

Known as the Corporate Mechanic, adjunct Associate Professor Todd Hutchison is an international bestselling author, certified speaking professional (CSP), global consultant, awarded project manager, and behavioural expert. He is also a qualified private investigator.

Todd leads the global management consultancy and training company Peopleistic with offices in Australia and the United States. He was formally on the international Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has been recognised as the leading project management expert in the Worldwide Who's Who 'Global 101 Top Experts' publication. His business expertise is recognised by a listing in the Who's Who of Business in Australia.

Todd was the first Fellow of the Project Management Institute in Australia (FPMIA), and also holds fellowships with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), and Leadership Western Australia (LWA), as well as being an Adjunct Associate Professor with Business Education Institute, with adjunct status also at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University. He also is involved teaching at MBA level.

He is qualified in engineering, project management, contract management, business, commerce, information technology, professional coaching, company directorship and education, and was the first degree qualified person in legal project management worldwide. He is now progressing a PhD in business behavioural sciences.

Todd has worked as an advisor, consultant, trainer and practice manager for law firms, and in-house Counsel. He has worked in over 160 organisations across 13 countries, and is the residing Chairman of the International Institute of Legal Project Management.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1 - Introduction to Private Investigation
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  Module 2 - Investigation Strategy and Planning
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  Module 4 - Undertaking Foot and Vehicle Surveillance
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  Module 5 - The Interviewing Process
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  Module 8 - Presenting Findings and Evidence
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and provides a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You will be given 18 months access to the site.
How long do I have access to the course?
18 months minimum.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase after competing no more than 2 modules, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this designed for?
It is deigned for current private investigators, so it is also useful for those thinking about becoming a private investigator or aspiring to be one.

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