Metronews: how to be a private investigator

On February 26, 2014, in Blog, Investigation, by sieditor

A Private Investigators, also known as ‘private eyes’ provide surveillance, investigative, and research to clients. PIs are private citizens with various types of training and experience. Maybe its not as glorious as the TV shows make it out to be, but as a private investigator still be an exciting career. Metronews show us the step on how to become a license private investigator.


Do you love watching CSI? Have you ever embarked on your own private mission to secretly spy on someone or gather solid evidence to solve a case? Maybe you just love to read mystery novels. If you have a passion for investigating, you could consider making it into a professional career.

Here’s an introduction to exactly what private investigators do, the professional courses and licensing required and some programs offered here in Canada that you might just want to check out … or investigate.

What a PI does

As the name suggests, a PI investigates cases for private clients — either individuals, or corporate firms such as insurance companies. It is very important that the PI abide by the law at all times, which means not obtaining information illegally via means such as trespassing or wiretapping. PIs are very experienced at conducting database searches — they often have access to databases not available to the public — questioning suspects and witnesses, as well as trailing.

Types of cases

As with many other occupations, you can choose to specialize. Based on your interests, here are some types of work that you may wish to specialize in as a PI:

• Fraudulent insurance claims
• Threatening emails or stalkers
• Investigating theft cases or robberies
• Suspicions of infidelity between couples
• Missing persons cases

Salary expectations

According to, a Private Detective or Investigator in Canada earns an average wage of $20.40 per hour.

Keep in mind that your income will depend on the difficulty and type of case you are on, who your client is, as well as other factors such as the amount of experience you have.. Read More

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21 Responses to Metronews: how to be a private investigator

  1. Great post! My childhood wish was to be a detective.

  2. Kungphoo says:

    I would love to be a private investigator. I always considered it to be a very neat job. I don’t think it would be a good job for me, but sounds very exciting!

  3. veronica says:

    I thought for sure they made more money than that! After all, they sometimes find themselves in very dangerous situations.

  4. Shari Yantes says:

    I don’t know that i personally could do this for a living but it’s very interesting. Novels with PIs involved are often my favorite to read! Seems like it would be a very suspenseful job, very intriguing!

  5. Jason says:

    This sounds like such an interesting job. I always wanted to be like Magnum PI but I think it was a bit unrealistic. It sounds like one would need a lot of patience to be a PI. I have limited patience and a short attention span. I would not do very good so I will be calling you if I ever need a PI.

  6. Jeff Brand says:

    It sounds like an exciting job, but don’t think I could keep still long enough for the surveillance part of it.

  7. Casey Gardner says:

    I think that would be very interesting. I always like the show Without A Trace and their jobs seemed so glamourous and time consuming too.

  8. Jim Striegel says:

    I will leave that to the pros like your company.

  9. Meli says:

    There was a program on TV several years ago with a PI. You actually went on cases with him. My daughter wanted to be one of his undercover people. He used his family for much of his work. It’s not as easy as it seems and can be dangerous, depending on what you’re covering, however, it would be exciting many times as well.
    Thanks for information about what the job entails.

  10. Tom Holmberg says:

    I always wondered what type of classes and compensation a private investigator receives

  11. That sounds exciting, great information. Private Investigators deserves a high pay,they’re doing a hard and risky task..

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