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IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)

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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 31/12/2017
Total Units 2 Mandatory Units
Min Guided Learning Hours 31 Total Qualification Time 53
Min Age From 18


Registration Fee : £35.50 (excluding VAT) 

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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.

Unit Structure

RQF Version
Mandatory UnitsMinimum Units:2
 Minimum Credits:0
 A/615/9399Principles of gathering and using information for investigations3016
 K/616/0757Principles of planning and reporting investigations3015


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