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IQ Founder Members SAFE and the ABI Announce the ABI Academy

The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has announced that it has reached agreement with training company SAFE, to run the ABI Academy.

The Academy, which will provide access to ABI approved training and IQ qualifications in response to the emerging requirements for SIA licensing and other ABI training initiatives, is designed to provide an effective platform for the educational activities of the ABI.

Under the agreement, the ABI Academy will utilise SAFE expertise and resources to operate a quality hub centre for trainers wishing to offer IQ Qualifications but who perhaps require back office assistance, provide learning materials for providers, and work with IQ to approve third party training as part of the ABI Approved Trainer Scheme.

Tony Imossi, President of the ABI said, “The ABI is aware that the market for training in advance of licensing is already beginning to move and it is important to the Association that it provides the best possible advice to its members and those wishing to undertake training. Whilst the SIA is still to finally confirm the requirements for training we are sufficiently confident that the current awards offered will be recognised in full, perhaps with the requirement for some top up training after the Home Office has completed its consultation. For those wishing to prepare early for licensing, the Academy should be a useful addition”

Gary Scruby, Managing Director of SAFE said “We are delighted to be working with the ABI. SAFE has some 8 years of experience in running qualifications quality hub operations and providing learning resources and we look forward to using this experience in support of the private investigation sector. Details for approving ABI Academy Approved Training Providers will be published later this month and we expect the Academy to be operational in the coming weeks”.

IQ is working closely with the investigative sector through its relationships with both the ABI and the Institute of Professional Investigators (IPI), who are also a founder member of IQ, to ensure that our qualifications are responsive to sector needs.

Full details of the Academy contact numbers and procedures will be included on the SAFE and ABI websites shortly ( & For advance information, please contact Gary or Amy at SAFE on 01952 457 452.

Jan 06, 2014 12:11 PM