If you are considering a career change, working as a private investigator adds excitement, independence, and fulfillment to your day-to-day life. As an investigator, you get to provide clients with answers that bring them peace of mind, whether missing person cases or fidelity concerns in their marriage. You can work with attorneys to help them build defense cases or with business owners to perform background checks and more. Private investigation isn’t for everyone; it takes analytical thinking, problem solving, tenacity, and honesty. To work as a PI, you first need to qualify for an Ontario investigator license. Licensing exams ensure you understand the law and your role while conducting investigations in Ontario. Here’s our guide to passing the private investigator license exam.
Complete the ministry-required training program.
Only individuals who currently hold a private investigator’s license or complete a 50-hour course that meets ministry requirements can register for a PI exam. Doing prior research about what a career as a private investigator is like is a good idea to ensure it’s a career path that holds your interest. Private investigator courses cover techniques to thrive in the industry, criminal and civil law, and provincial and federal statutes.
When choosing a training program to prepare for the Ontario investigator license exam, make sure they cover materials that will appear on the test. The Cancom Global Security training course goes further with strategies for finding employment as a PI.
Review testing material.
After completing a 50-hour training program, you become eligible for scheduling a licensing exam. Students learn a massive amount of material in a short amount of time. It’s advisable to spend time reviewing material not just to pass the exam but also to better prepare you for when you’re on the job.
The exam asks questions from all topics covered by training programs, in addition to the law and statutes, review material regarding:
Principles of ethical reasoning and decision making
The Private Security and Investigative Services Act
The private investigation industry as a whole
The more you review the course material, the better prepared you’ll be for the exam.
Take practice exams.
The Ontario investigator license exam is 75 minutes long and includes 60 questions. One of the best ways to prepare for the testing environment is to take practice exams with a time limit to recreate the stressful conditions of the exam.
Practice exams will give you an idea of how well you know the material and the areas where you may need to spend more time studying. Taking practice exams will also familiarize you with the format of the questions asked by the ministry.
Prepare for testing day.
You can sign up for the Ontario investigator license exam at DriveTest centers across the province. Test-takers need to bring their “training completion number” provided by Cancom Global Security at the end of the training course. You’ll also need identification and the $75.15 payment for the test.
Ensure you get plenty of rest before your test day and eat before your scheduled time. Bring a confident attitude and stay calm and focused while taking the test.
Take a Cancom Global Security course for expert help preparing for the Ontario investigator license exam.
Cancom Global Security is Ontario’s premier private security services and training provider. Our team comprises industry professionals who bring real-world knowledge to our in-person courses. They give students insight into what a career in security services is like on a day-to-day basis. Course materials instill the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the licensing exam and land a job in your chosen field. Excellence guides every aspect of the Cancom Global Security mission, from training new security personnel to providing security services to keep clients and their property safe.
If you’re considering a career in security or private investigation, take an in-person or virtual course with Cancom Global Security. We designed our class materials to help students get their Ontario investigator licenses.