The ABI, as the key professional body for investigators, provides training to serve two main functions.

  • To provide industry-relevant training by means of seminars and workshops, click here.
  • To deliver sector-specific UK GDPR compliance training, which will demonstrate a capacity and dedication to working in a competent and lawful manner and will also be accepted as the entry level for ABI membership.

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Private Sector Growth

Professional Investigators in private practice are seeing more and more enquiries that would once have been tackled by their counterparts in the public sector law enforcement fields.

Cutbacks and growing demands have taken their toll on licensing authorities, police, trading standards, regulators, health and safety executive and local authorities.

The investigative services provided by such bodies are still in demand from the public who often turn to the private sector and the civil courts as an alternative.

That demand is accompanied by a need for better knowledge in the investigation sector. It has created an appetite for training.

New and Second Careers

Traditional career paths are changing.

Manufacturing industry, military jobs, public sector service occupations have all changed and reduced in the past decade while the legal sector has expanded.

Voids have appeared and the ever-changing career landscape has begun to attract people into the private sector investigation sphere, which has, itself, grown and become far more sophisticated.


At one time, investigators in the private sector may have been scoffed at in some quarters. The reputation of the industry was such that it was often an amateurish, part time job carried out by chancers.

Gradually, the profession has evolved and it is still maturing now.

Those amateurs are being left behind thanks to the work carried out by The Association of British Investigators over the years.

What was once a job is now truly a profession and is recognised as such; none more than than the ABI working with the Law Society of England & Wales and as an Approved Trade Association by the DVLA.

Those entering the profession today want a slice of that.

The bar has been raised significantly and to reach it, practitioners need to learn from credible teachers.

If you are truly serious about being a professional investigator, about learning, about running a proper business, about compliance and continual development then, luckily for you, you have arrived at the right place.

Feel free to browse our forthcoming events and book your places.


"The seminar was very well ran and very informative! So much so my head was reeling with ideas and strategies." (2019)
"It was one of the best days I've ever had in terms of professional training. Thank you for organising such an interesting, stimulating, but most importantly, helpful and practically relevant session." (2018)
"I went from knowing very little to being confident in what to do - so excellent and worth the day just for this presentation." (2017)

Working with the Law Society

The ABI is the only association in this industry to be recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales.

The highest independent professional body for solicitors put their trust in us. We’re confident you can do the same.

The ABI other partners also recognise the value of affiliation to the principal professional body in the investigation and litigation support sector:

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