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1. What is Distance Training?

2. Advantages of Distance Education

3. How do I know if I have the Characteristics and Traits Necessary to Become a Successful Private Investigator?

4. For Whom is the DTI Course Intended?

5. Are There Any Age Restrictions in the Private Investigation Field?

6. Is DTI an Approved School?

7. Do Private Investigators Really Engage in the King of "Action Assignments" Seen on TV?

8. Can I carry a Gun After I Graduate From the DTI Course?

9. Do I Need a License to Work as a Private Investigator?

10. Does DTI Guarantee Jobs Upon Graduation?

11. Can DTI Help Me Get Started Sooner on my Own?

12. How Do I Choose the Right School?

13. How does DTI's Tuition Compare with Other PI Training Courses?

14. Does DTI Offer an Affordable Monthly Payment Plan?

15. Does DTI Offer a Special Discount to Husband-Wife Teams or Families?

16. I am in the Military Service and Subject to Frequent Transfers. Can I Take your Course Under These
Circumstances?

17. Are There Special Requirements for Foreign Students?

18. Can you Mail the DTI Materials Under Plain Wrapper to Maintain my Confidentiality in Taking This Course?

19. I was Arrested Years Ago for a Criminal Offense. Does this Disqualify me From Enrolling in the Course?


1. WHAT IS DISTANCE EDUCATION?

Distance education — also known as e-learning, online learning, home study or correspondence study — is enrollment and study with an educational institution that provides learning materials for study at the student's location and time of student’s choosing. With DTI, the student mails, faxes or e-mails examinations and assigned field exercises as they are completed for correction and grading by the Student Services staff. Corrected examinations are returned to the student via mail or email.

2. ADVANTAGES OF DISTANCE EDUCATION

Distance education is especially suited for busy people who wish to become private investigators. With distance education, you do not have to give up your job, leave home or lose income. You learn as you continue to earn. DTI comes to you. You receive individual attention and can work at home, at your own pace. Students usually take three to six months to complete their training, but they have up to 24 months to complete the program.

3. HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND TRAITS NECESSARY TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

Surveys have shown that successful PIs share many of the same characteristics and traits. The findings: a) Even at an early age, they had a deep desire to become a private investigator; b) They had a burning passion and always knew they would be good investigators if given the opportunity; c) They are curious, are able to figure things out on their own, and are able to use clever ploys to draw out the truth, but they are deeply honest and want to see justice done; d) They have the capacity to dig deep to solve problems and can recognize and look past the deception of others; and e) They like to work with people, travel, do research and search for the truth, and they are enthusiastic students of human nature.

When individuals with these characteristics and traits are coupled with the proven and respected DTI training program, they most often become excellent private investigators.

4. FOR WHOM IS THE DTI COURSE INTENDED?

The DTI course is designed for:

a). People who want to get into the profession but who have no investigative background or training. Experience has shown that employers and detective agencies are much more inclined to hire someone who has completed a qualified training course, such as DTI’s program, than they are to hire untrained applicants.

b). Employees of security companies who want to upgrade their skills and learn the latest in private investigation techniques. Their goal may be to move up within the company or prepare for the state's Private Investigator Exam and become a licensed PI. (For more about state exams and licenses refer to the PI Licensing page)

c). Licensed investigators seeking continuing education or who want to improve their career advancement.  Today’s PI profession is changing rapidly, with new technologies, new ways of doing business, new opportunities, and new regulatory laws and threats to the profession.  Its essential to keep a close eye on the cutting edge—the key trends, technologies, and regulations that are creating the future.  

d). Retired law-enforcement personnel or civil servants seeking a new career in the second half of life that enables them to use many of their past skills and experiences. The possibility of part-time employment with top pay all add to the attraction and satisfaction of finding new meaning as a private investigator.


5. ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS IN THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATION FIELD?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! There is a need for private investigators of all ages.

Students between 17 and 25 who exude enthusiasm and seek excitement most often excel in the physical aspects of the job. They are most successful conducting surveillance, tracking fugitives for bail bondsman, repossessing cars, serving papers, etc.

Students between 25 and 40 make up the majority of DTI trainees. They have work experience and are looking to change jobs now that they have more clarity and focus regarding their preferred careers. They are seeking job satisfaction and fulfillment, and they want to apply the unique blend of investigative skills and talents they always knew they had, but never acted on. They can fill a variety of investigative positions because of their maturity and good communication skills.

Men and women between 40 and 65 perform an important function in a detective agency. They have much wisdom and can clearly think through problems from many perspectives, which gives them an advantage in solving difficult cases. They are excellent at locating missing persons, performing telephone pretexts and establishing vital contacts using good rapport-building techniques.

6. IS DTI AN APPROVED SCHOOL?

In March 2012, California law changed and stated that schools with tuition costs under $2500 were exempt from authorization that labeled schools as approved or not, and DTI is in that category. However, DTI previously underwent an intense and thorough examination of its educational and administrative operations by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and was authorized to operate in all states.


7. DO PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS REALLY ENGAGE IN THE KIND OF "ACTION ASSIGNMENTS" SEEN ON TV?

Sometimes. But it depends on what area you specialize in. Some assignments involve more physical activity than others. For example, surveillance, bounty hunting, auto repossession, criminal arrests, work related narcotics investigations, undercover assignments and process serving sometimes involve danger, arrest and use of physical force. On the other hand, activities such as record searching, interviewing witnesses and reconstructing accident scenes generally do not.

8. CAN I CARRY A GUN AFTER I GRADUATE FROM THE DTI COURSE?

Possibly! Private investigators do not normally carry guns. However, if you specialize in bodyguard work you may be required to carry a gun but will need to first obtain a gun permit issued by your local police or sheriff's department. Carrying a gun and badge can create the illusion of power and superiority so DTI encourages new PIs to focus on building solid investigation skills and strong professional ethics.

9. DO I NEED A LICENSE TO WORK AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

Refer to the PI Licensing page.

10. DOES DTI GUARANTEE JOBS UPON GRADUATION?

No ethical resident school or college guarantees jobs upon graduation. However, DTI does have an excellent reputation in the industry and frequently receives calls from investigative agencies throughout the U.S. requesting the names of our top graduates in their cities or towns. Investigation firms prefer to hire our graduates because they come highly trained in many areas of private investigation, which eliminates the employer’s need to train new investigators in-house. Note: Be sure to complete as many Detective Field Exercises in your course as possible.  They are the exact assignments that you’ll be conducting on real assignments and will increase your marketability to employers.

Additionally, a DTI diploma can give you an advantage in the hiring process because you can show the prospective employer:
a) The investigative subjects you covered in the course, your scores on course exams and the field assignments you completed.
b) That you took the initiative to enroll, pay and graduate from certified PI course and are a self-motivated individual who can finish what you start.

11. CAN DTI HELP ME GET STARTED SOONER ON MY OWN?

Yes, there are number of businesses you can start immediately during your training. These are related to private investigation and they do not require licensing. Possibilities include conducting surveillance, serving legal papers, tracking down missing persons for process service, installing hidden video equipment (for example, to protect children from abusive baby sitters), etc. These will give you the opportunity to work closely with licensed investigators, clients, attorneys and the courts. Thus, you can immediately begin building contacts that will be very important later in your career. Plus, you may be able to apply this experience to your state's experience requirement so you can become licensed faster and easier.

12. HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL

Since an Internet search for private investigator training courses will yield hundreds of choices, including so-called private investigator “schools,” “courses,” and “unions,” how do you choose? The following information will help you make an informed and educated decision about your career, and, please note: We are not discrediting any qualified or reputable schools, and we believe that competition is healthy in an honest and ethical environment, but we encourage students to verify a school’s credentials before enrolling. Although we dislike making disparaging remarks about any of our competitors, we have an ethical obligation to protect students from dishonest business practices. Take the time to review these facts and to conduct your own research and investigation so that you feel confident that you made the right decision.

JOB SEARCH WEBSITES

Be leery of any private investigation agency that advertises job openings  that require job seekers to either pay to join a non-existent, phony private investigators “union” (IPIU) or to pay to take their in-house training program. There is no such PI union and employers do not charge new employees to train in-house.

PI EDUCATION AND PI TRAINING WEBSITES 

Although these sites appear to be schools and will expose you to a variety of books, videos, manuals, and other online training aids, they are not state approved schools that provide a well designed curriculum with specific learning objectives, practical field exercises and a comprehensive examination of the material.  Nor, do they have a faculty or student services that can provide timely feedback and answers to your questions. In essence, these sites may expose you to a broad range of ideas for potential improvement but you won’t build the necessary investigative skills you will need to become a qualified private investigator.  

LOCAL COLLEGES & VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SCHOOLS 

Are local college and vocational rehabilitation schools the way to go? That depends on your particular needs. There are some fine local colleges and vocational rehab schools that do an excellent job of teaching private investigation, and DTI supports their efforts. These traditional schools have qualified instructors who can answer your questions in person.

LARGE ONLINE/HOME STUDY SCHOOLS 

Schools such as Penn Foster, Kaplan, Harcourt, and Allied offer a wide variety of courses ranging from completing a high school diploma to studying interior decorating, childcare, small-engine repair, real estate appraising, and private investigation. Be aware that the people who run theses schools have never owned or operated a private investigation agency, nor do they have qualified investigators on staff. They offer only a generalized curriculum that teaches the bare basics of private investigation. They entice students to enroll by offering a low down payment and then require students to sign a legal and binding contract to pay for the entire course even if the students want to switch schools or decide that a career in private investigation is not for them. Students who do not pay are subject to having their account transferred to a collection agency, which could damage their credit rating.  

CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREES

Many colleges and distance-education schools offer two-year degree programs in criminal justice. Although their curricula cover facets of private investigation, their main emphasis is training in security, law enforcement, crime prevention, juvenile justice, military intelligence, airport security, corrections, homeland security, probation, and parole. 

Private investigation parallels criminal justice to some degree, but there are some important differences. For example, in the field of criminal justice, you are taught from a purely academic approach, giving you only an historical and a theoretical base.  

DTI

In contrast, DTI has one course only geared specifically for the student who wants to become a private investigator. If private investigation is your goal, then DTI is the right choice for you. We offer everything you need to become a well-trained private investigator, and we go beyond academics to ensure that students have relevant real-world experiences as they learn. You'll come away from your course confident and ready to start your career immediately.

13. HOW DOES DTI's TUITION COMPARE WITH OTHER PI TRAINING COURSES?

Comparisons of quality of training and cost of other courses have rated DTI the best for giving students more value than any other school and at an affordable price. With DTI you receive the Master Detective Course in two three ring binders containing the six training components plus full access to our online videos and training tapes. Yes, some schools charge more and some schools charge less, but no one delivers such a comprehensive training program as DTI and at an affordable price.

14. DOES DTI OFFER AN AFFORDABLE MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN?

Better yet, DTI has a Pay-by-Lesson Plan.  Payments are easy and affordable.  As you complete each study unit and submit an examination to the school for grading you simply enclose payment for the next study unit.  There are no automatic deductions from your credit card or checking account as with other schools. For only a small initial payment, you can start an exciting new career and change your life! That's all it takes with DTI's easy tuition program.  Research has shown that students who enroll under Plan A or Plan B, show a greater commitment to their training and are more likely to complete their programs and become qualified private investigators.

15. DOES DTI OFFER A SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO HUSBAND-WIFE TEAMS OR FAMILIES?

Yes, both you and your spouse or members of the same family may enroll together at a discount. Here’s how it works.

When you enroll, you will get additional courses at half-price. You must study from one set of manuals, make copies of your Answer Sheets and Detective Exercises, and then submit them separately. But, you will each receive your own separate Enrollment Package, ID Card, and Diploma.

We have found that couples and family members working together on field exercises do a much better job of developing their investigative skills and overcoming their fears since they have each other to rely on for support.

To enroll, simply put the second family member’s name in the Comments or Special Instructions box on the Application Form and pay 150% for either Plans A, B or C. You pay only for one shipping plan. For three or more family members, call DTI for pricing.

16. I AM IN THE MILITARY SERVICE AND SUBJECT TO FREQUENT TRANSFERS. CAN I TAKE YOUR COURSE UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES?

Yes. Hundreds of servicemen and women stationed throughout the world have enrolled in our course. If you are planning a career after discharge, now is the time to prepare during your off-duty hours. We will send your lessons anywhere.

17. ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS?

Yes. Because of the high cost of international shipping, students are required to enroll under Plan A or Plan B plus shipping fees which can be between $100 - $400 depending on the country and delivery time. Please contact our administrative offices for exact rates. Payment must be made by cashier’s check or money order and drawn on a U.S. bank. Credit cards are accepted from Canada and Europe only.

18. CAN YOU MAIL THE DTI MATERIALS UNDER PLAIN WRAPPER TO MAINTAIN MY CONFIDENTIALITY IN TAKING THIS COURSE?

YES! In fact, all correspondence from DTI now comes under plain label to ensure confidentiality and privacy from your neighbors, family and even the postman.  All packages are sent under plain label from DTI Book Club. 

19. I WAS ARRESTED YEARS AGO FOR A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. DOES THIS DISQUALIFY ME FROM ENROLLING IN THE COURSE?

It all depends. DTI handles each case on an individual basis depending on the nature and severity of the offense and how long ago it was committed. We realize that some of the country's top investigators committed minor crimes in their past, but this has not stopped them from being successful today. When you enroll, you will be required to fill out a Personal Data Form. Be sure to include all the facts regarding any offense you committed. Or, before you enroll, you may contact us at (888) 425-9338 to discuss your particular situation.
 


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