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IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/3345/9
Title IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)
Category National
Sector Security
Operational Start Date 19/06/2012
Operational End Date 31/07/2017
Total Units 2 Min Credit 5
Min Guided Learning Hours 39 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.50 (excluding VAT)

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).


This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration, appeals procedures are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ QMS Centre guide available from the website. Although this qualification is not currently a licence- linked qualification centres will find the IQ centre guide for security qualification useful.

Qualification Purpose

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF) is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as Professional Investigators. It focuses on how to research information from various sources; gather information through interviews; and have an overview of surveillance operations, both overt and covert; on gathering information in support of an investigation; planning and reporting investigations. This includes identifying the objectives of the investigation; dealing with conflicts of interest; and how to report and present the findings on the investigation. The qualification also deals with maintaining the security and confidentiality of all information during the investigation. Throughout, there is also the requirement of knowing and complying with the laws and regulations relevant to carrying out investigations. This qualification is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Private Investigators and Pre- Cognition activities.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


Learners must achieve 5 credits by successfully completing the two mandatory units.

IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:2
 Minimum Credits:5
 M/503/0680Principles of gathering and using information for investigations3324
 A/503/0679Principles of planning and reporting investigations3215


Assessment is by two multiple choice examinations (one for each unit) and portfolio.





Number MCQ of questions

Learning outcomes

Time allowed


Principles of planning and reporting investigations

Multiple choice exam:  externally set and marked by IQ



45 Minutes



Principles of gathering and using information for investigations

Multiple choice exam:  externally set and marked by IQ


All except AC 3.1

45 Minutes

Portfolio: Internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ


Assessment criterion 3.1


The multiple choice examinations must be carried out under exam conditions and a full SIA Identification check must be completed. Please see the IQ web site for details of examination requirements, the List of SIA acceptable forms of Identification is included at the end of this specification.


An achievement record for the portfolio element of this qualification is available for centres to download from the website.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS
  • Three years frontline operational experience in the last ten, relevant to the area that they are training
  • Continuous Professional development
  • Membership of a professional association is advantageous but not mandatory.

Centre Requirements



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