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To become a Private Investigator in the state of California, an individual must pass the state licensing examination. This course is designed to build a foundation of investigational knowledge to prepare students for the California Private Investigator (PI) exam. It was developed in cooperation with the CALI Committee, practicing private investigators who added their expertise, experience and knowledge to the creation of the course materials.
The actual California PI exam is a two-hour multiple choice examination made up of 150 questions that relate to the first seven lessons of this course. Each area makes up a certain percentage of the exam. The areas, and their percentages on the exam, are as follows:
• Planning (19%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to analyze information for the purpose of an investigation and his or her ability to establish an investigative plan to include the needed resources.
• Information Gathering (22%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to collect information by conducting interviews and by researching public and private sources.
• Surveillance (4%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to conduct surveillance by selecting the equipment and location needed to obtain evidence for the investigation.
• Analysis (15%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to evaluate and analyze information and evidence in order to further the investigative process.
• Reporting (18%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to prepare and organize his or her investigative results and report the findings to a client.
• Trial Preparation (10%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to secure and evaluate evidence related to the investigation for presentation in a legal proceeding.
• Ethics (12%) - This area will test a candidate's ability to comply with ethical standards of private investigators regarding confidentiality, scope of practice, and personal bias.
For more information regarding the California PI exam and the process of becoming a licensed private investigator, visit the BSIS website.