Private Investigations and Personal Security/UK PI courses


Hi Mr Morse,

After a long illness(since recovered), I am now considering a career as a PI, either in the UK or Austria - I'm 40. I gather that laws are similiar(?) for both countries and intend to do a long-distance course for PIs before either joining a firm or going it alone. There are 3 such courses offered by 3 schools in the UK. all 3 staffed by numerous current PIs. Here is the list of the 3 relevant websites. I did check and there are now some SIA requirements enforced by UK law which at least 2 of the 3 UK-based schools mention they include in their course. Other than that, UK laws do not seem to prevent people becoming PIs, that is, there is no US-like requirement to have been in the military or police-force etc., so my lack of experience in such fields is no bar to becoming a PI.

Anyway, I would like for you to give your verdict on the 3 following UK websites/companies re their possibilities/eventual likelihood of employment etc.:-

There's also a US-based international PI course I might consider doing as well:-

Any advice appreciated, thanks a lot!

First, I am happy to learn that your are recovering from a malady, and are on your way to better health. Health is always #1 in life.

You indicate that you wish to take courses to ultimately practice in the UK or Austria. Although  headed the licensing division for the State of Florida, I am unfamiliar with the laws or licensing requirements for either location you are considering.

I would suggest you do a little research and find someone who has been licensed for a long time in the countries you are interested in, and use them as your mentor.

I would not want to give you any bad advice. I can answer your questions as they relate to the USA, but not in a foreign country.

I wish you well, and if I can assist, please just ask!


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Harvey E. Morse


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