DCJS – 02E- Private Investigator-Armour College

02E Private Investigator

Course Time: 72 Hours (60 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of administration, 2 hours of practical exercises, role playing, comprehensive exam, and review.)

“A “Private investigator” means any natural person who engages in the business of, or accepts employment to make, investigations to obtain information on (i) crimes or civil wrongs; (ii) the location, disposition, or recovery of stolen property; (iii) the cause of accidents, fires, damages, or injuries to persons or to property; or (iv) evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigative committee.” (Source:  DCJS Administrative Code 6 VAC 20-171-10)

  1. Orientation: applicable sections of the Code of Virginia; Administrative Code 6VAC 20-171; standards of professional conduct; and ethics – 6 hours
  2. Law: basic law; legal procedures and due process; civil law; criminal law; evidence; and legal privacy requirements – 16 hours plus one practical exercise
  3. General Investigative Skills, Tools and Techniques: surveillance; research; and interviewing – 16 hours plus one practical exercise
  4. Documentation: Report preparations; photography; audio recording; general communication; and courtroom testimony – 8 hours plus one practical exercise
  5. Types of investigations: accident; insurance; background; domestic; undercover; fraud and financial; missing persons and property; and criminal – 14 hours plus one practical exercise


Registration: To register in the state of Virginia as a Private Investigator, you must meet the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice guidelines, satisfactorily complete the 02E course (or 02I for In-Service registrants) with a grade of 70% or greater and submit the appropriate Virginia DCJS fees and forms which will be explained during the administration portion of the course.


02I Private Investigator In-Service
Course Time: 8 Hours

Private Investigator In-Service training must be completed every 24 months, prior to expiration.
As with the entry level course, all appropriate Virginia DCJS forms and fees must be submitted to successfully re-qualify as a Private Investigator.


All courses are open enrollment. However, if you need a course that is currently not scheduled, please call our office at 804-290-4388.

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