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Private Investigation Certificate

The escalation in Internet crime, identity theft, increased litigation, security concerns within corporations, and the need for protection of confidential information and property make private investigation a challenging and expanding field.

In our program, recently named one of the top 10 in the United States, you will get the education you need to fulfill both the traditional principles of investigation as well as these new responsibilities.

Private Investigation students are diverse, and have included active-duty police detectives, currently licensed private investigators, those working in ancillary areas of law enforcement, healthcare, homemakers and young people beginning their careers.

Our Private Investigation courses are conveniently scheduled on Saturdays, and have an informal atmosphere where you can feel at ease and enjoy learning about this unique industry.

The Certificate in Private Investigation consists of five required courses totaling 60 hours of lecture and discussion. Certificate graduates will receive 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU's), a nationally recognized unit used for professional development.

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Winter / Spring 2020

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Sat 10/19/19-11/02/19 9:00am-2:00pm IRVC 120
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Sat 11/09/19-11/23/19 9:00am-2:00pm IRVC 120
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Sat 12/07/19-12/14/19 9:00am-2:00pm IRVC 120
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Graduates of this certificate program will:
- Have legal knowledge and a professional understanding of the basic principles of investigation
- Understand the criminal justice process and how it relates to the private investigator
- Have studied the various practices and techniques utilized in conducting private investigations
- Be able to determine the facts surrounding a crime, examine a crime and properly gather evidence, develop witness statements through the interviewing process
- Have the necessary skills to conduct investigations in specialized areas such as insurance fraud, personal injury, surveillance, skip tracing and missing persons
- Be able to integrate and use the knowledge acquired to perform case studies
- Know how to create opportunities for employment through networking and other resources

- Anyone interested in P.I. training
- Loss prevention agents
- SIU-Investigators
- Claims adjusters
- Investigators-legal/corporate/financial/retail
- Police officers seeking P.I. training
- Licensed private investigators seeking formal training

Students with a minimum of three year's investigative experience may request to waive the "Introduction to the Profession of Private Investigation" class. Students interested in waiving this class need to submit a "Waiver Request" form (Fee $55 - nonrefundable). The waiver form is available on our Web site - http://www.extension.fullerton.edu/ProfessionalDevelopment. Click on the Current Students tab and go to the Forms page, or you may also call 657.278.2611 to obtain a form.

Herbert Clark Bermudez
M.S., President & Chief Claims Officer, The Bermudez Group, Inc.
James N Berry
Owner, James N. Berry & Associates
Robert Carpenter
President, Covert Voyeurs Investigations, Inc.
Gene Cella
Owner/ Director, Polygraphs Plus
Robert J Coventry
President & CEO, Starside Security & Investigation, Inc.
Skip Davidson
Owner & Manager, Davidson Investigation
Daniel Goldsmith
Private Investigator, Goldsmith Investigations
Richard C Hofmann
President, Microsearch
Michael Julian
CEO, National Business Investigations, Inc.
Kari A Knutson Miller
AVP, International Programs; Dean, University Extended Education California State University, Fullerton
Mark A McClain
Vice President, Krout And Schneider, Inc.
Denelle C Pankratz
Program Manager, University Extended Education, Cal State University, Fullerton
Nick P Savala
President & CEO, Employment Check, Inc.
Scott Stys
Owner, Sunset West Investigations
Steve Wynn
President, Wynn Investigations
John R Zitny
Senior Deputy Public Defender, Training Officer, County of Orange

Program Details

Location: Irvine Campus
Length: 4-5 months
Cost: $1,760*
Next Start: Fall 2019

*Cost is approximate and subject to change

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