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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 174. Regulations Relating to Private Security Services Registered Personnel
1/21/2020

6VAC20-174-310. Private Investigator – Compulsory Minimum Training Requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Private investigator - 60 hours

02E: Private Investigator Subjects - 60 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Private investigator (02E) - 60 hours (excluding examination and practical exercises)

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Standards of professional conduct

(4) Ethics

(5) Signs of terrorism

b. Law - one practical exercise

(1) Basic law

(2) Legal procedures and due process

(3) Criminal and civil law

(4) Evidence

(5) Legal privacy requirements

c. General investigative skills - one practical exercise

(1) Tools and techniques

(2) Surveillance

(3) Research

(4) Interviewing

d. Documentation - one practical exercise

(1) Report preparations

(2) Photography

(3) Audio recording

(4) General communication

(5) Courtroom testimony

e. Types of investigations - one practical exercise

(1) Accident

(2) Insurance

(3) Background

(4) Domestic

(5) Undercover

(6) Fraud and financial

(7) Missing persons and property

(8) Criminal

f. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification shall be as follows:

(02I) Private Investigator In-Service - 8 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

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