The ABI Academy
Please continue to monitor this page for an update regarding the launch of the ABI Academy.
In the meantime, if you are considering a career in the Private Investigation industry for the first time, you may find the ABI publication : 'An Introduction to Private Investigation' helpful.
Those considering the first step to becoming a member of ABI, please see 'Provisional Membership' category.
The ABI Level 3 qualification in Professional Investigation has been developed to encompass the National Operating Standards for investigation in the private sector and the core competencies for the sector, as previously recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), subsequent to the enactment of the Private Security Industry Act, 2001.
The ABI Level 3 qualification has been acknowledged by the SIA and approved by Ofqual to sit on the national Qualifications & Curriculum Framework. It is therefore a nationally recognised qualification.
Following the recommendation by the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee published in July 2012 and the views expressed by Lord Justice Leveson during his Inquiry earlier, The Home Secretary announced on 31st July 2013 that licensing of investigations in the private sector will be rolled out in the Autumn of 2014. However, as yet nothing is certain as to what may be accepted to meet the test of competency.
With the indications being that the previously recognised qualifications are likely to be accepted the ABI Academy was launched late 2013 and is now preparing to offer the qualification, and the training for it.
It is our belief that licensing of businesses (based on British Standard Institution – Private Investigations Code of Practice – BS 102000) is being considered by The Home Office and may be introduced within the newly formed Security Industry Authority post April 2015.
Exemptions to The Association's Entrance Exam
On 6th November 2012, the Governing Council of the Association of British Investigators agreed that the Level 3 IQ and EDI Professional Investigator Qualifications be accepted as an exemption to taking the ABI entrance exam.
Please click here to visit their website for further details.
On 15th October 2013, the Governing Council of the Association of British Investigators agreed that the Bond Solon – Advance Professional Certification in Investigative Practice (APICP), BTEC Level 7, be accepted as an exemption to taking the ABI entrance exam