How do I become a Private Investigator?

Each Australian State has its own legal requirements to become a Private Investigator. Most of the States require you to hold a Certificate III in Investigative Services. If you have had no experience as an investigator, you will have to complete the full course.

For those that have some investigative experience, perhaps as a Police officer, Defence Force, Legal background, or have been a practicing Investigator, you may be able to seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL takes into account your past experience and providing that you can show evidence or knowledge of that experience, you will receive a credit for certain units with the Certificate III module. You will need to discuss this with an accredited Registered Training Provider (RTO). For up to date lists of accredited RTO's,
go to the following Victoria Police website.

Once you have obtained your Certificate III in Investigative Services, you may then apply to the Victoria Police Licencing Services Division for your Investigator licence. You will be required to complete various documents and supply information.

How do I become a member of the AISP?

Simply download, print and complete the following Membership Application Form and post it to AISP for review:
Download AISP Membership Application Form (36 Kb)
(Note: The current Membership Fee is $190pa. An additional non-refundable application fee of $60 is applied to all new memberships.)

Who is the Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD)?

The Licensing & Regulation Division is operated by Victoria Police and oversees not only Inquiry Agents but all people who hold a Licence under the Act (Security/Crowd Controllers, Firearms etc).

L.R.D Contact Details

Licensing & Regulation Division Branch
GPO Box 2807AA, Melbourne, VIC, 3001

Toll free: 1300-651-645
Fax: (03) 9247-3731
Website: and follow the links to licensing (Forms & Permits)

Why would I use a member of the Association?

The Association monitors members to ensure that all licences are current; all members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics and informed through meetings and newsletters throughout the year of current trends and changes occurring throughout the industry. The advantage of utilising a member of the Association is the extensive network of professionals available covering all aspects of this Industry.