Public and Private Investigations

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6227X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

The field of public and private investigations is growing and may provide many exciting opportunities to individuals aspiring to enter the field or those interested in enhancing their current investigative techniques. This College Certificate program meets the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services training guidelines for licensing those wishing to become licensed private investigators.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

Students who successfully complete this program are provided with a training completion number in order to register for the written exam. For more information, please visit ontariosecuritytesting.ca.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Ehsan Roshanafshar, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6297 or roshane@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
INV301030.0Fraud Investigations

INV3010 Fraud Investigations

Recognition and prevention of fraudulent activity are crucial elements of fraud investigation. In this course, all aspects of fraudulent offences are examined, with a focus on how to recognize the indicators, how to eliminate, and how to prevent further fraudulent activity. Students develop an understanding of how and why fraud is committed and the emotional impact it may have on the victim.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

INV301130.0Interviewing Techniques

INV3011 Interviewing Techniques

Conducting interviews is a critical step in an investigation. Students learn the basics of victim, witness and suspect interviews and explore various interview techniques. Obtaining an admissible admission from a suspect is also covered, along with the legal requirements surrounding oral and written statements. Students also gain sensitivity to the cultural differences in relation to the interview, and learn how to accommodate various needs accordingly.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

INV301230.0Internet Research for Investigators

INV3012 Internet Research for Investigators

Internet research is an integral skill for investigations. Students enhance their level of knowledge and usage of the Internet as a tool for conducting investigations.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

INV301330.0Surveillance Operations

INV3013 Surveillance Operations

Students learn the basics and fundamentals of surveillance techniques and other essential investigative skills. Surveillance equipment is also explored and students practise effective verbal and written communication.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

INV301430.0Legal Issues and Statutes

INV3014 Legal Issues and Statutes

Investigators must have a foundational knowledge of the law. Students explore criminal laws, civil laws and procedures they are likely to encounter in their careers as public or private investigators. They examine the Private Investigator Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, various provincial laws and privacy legislation. Ethics for public and private investigators are discussed.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

INV301730.0Loss PreventionOn Campus
INV300030.0Occupational Fraud and AbuseOn Campus
INV301530.0Background Investigations

INV3015 Background Investigations

Background investigations require information from a variety of sources. Students use provincial and federal legislation to obtain restricted information. The traits, ethical considerations, problem-solving and decision-making skills required to be successful investigators are examined.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

INV3010 Fraud Investigations

Recognition and prevention of fraudulent activity are crucial elements of fraud investigation. In this course, all aspects of fraudulent offences are examined, with a focus on how to recognize the indicators, how to eliminate, and how to prevent further fraudulent activity. Students develop an understanding of how and why fraud is committed and the emotional impact it may have on the victim.

INV3011 Interviewing Techniques

Conducting interviews is a critical step in an investigation. Students learn the basics of victim, witness and suspect interviews and explore various interview techniques. Obtaining an admissible admission from a suspect is also covered, along with the legal requirements surrounding oral and written statements. Students also gain sensitivity to the cultural differences in relation to the interview, and learn how to accommodate various needs accordingly.

INV3012 Internet Research for Investigators

Internet research is an integral skill for investigations. Students enhance their level of knowledge and usage of the Internet as a tool for conducting investigations.

INV3013 Surveillance Operations

Students learn the basics and fundamentals of surveillance techniques and other essential investigative skills. Surveillance equipment is also explored and students practise effective verbal and written communication.

INV3014 Legal Issues and Statutes

Investigators must have a foundational knowledge of the law. Students explore criminal laws, civil laws and procedures they are likely to encounter in their careers as public or private investigators. They examine the Private Investigator Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, various provincial laws and privacy legislation. Ethics for public and private investigators are discussed.

INV3017 Loss Prevention

Most entry-level positions in private investigations start at the retail store security level. Students enhance their chances of employment in this field as a loss prevention officer. Retail store security and the many new measures to combat internal and external theft are examined. The new regulations around arrest, apprehension and detention are discussed.

INV3000 Occupational Fraud and Abuse

There are principles and methodologies involved in occupational fraud detection and deterrence. Topics such as skimming, cash larceny, register disbursement schemes, billing schemes, payroll and expense reimbursement schemes, non-cash misappropriations, corruption and interviewing witnesses are examined.

INV3015 Background Investigations

Background investigations require information from a variety of sources. Students use provincial and federal legislation to obtain restricted information. The traits, ethical considerations, problem-solving and decision-making skills required to be successful investigators are examined.