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Alberta Investigators Training

Private Investigation is a fascinating, diverse career. Start yours in Alberta by taking the accredited Alberta Investigators Training (AIT) course online and the provincial exam with Tip of Spear.
  • Level:
  • Beginner
  • Duration:
  • 60 hours total study
  • Modules:
  • 9
  • Certificate:
  • Achieve 80%+ on course quizzes
  • Final Exam:
  • Proctored government exam included (for in-person exam) or $50+GST for online exam.
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Considering a career in Private Investigations?

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Private Investigations is a fascinating, highly rewarding career. It is an extremely diverse field with many applications in many industries. It requires a sharp mind and an attention to detail.

What is Private Investigations?

This security discipline includes many diverse roles such as internal investigations, gathering information for a lawyer or private client, location of persons, and corporate due diligence (such as prior to entering into a business deal). They also undertake investigations into theft, loss, fraud and many other types of activity that businesses want to discourage and control. Investigative security roles are quite broad and offer diverse opportunities in industries such as retail, insurance, financial, legal, government and private clients. You must have a current, valid Security Services Investigations licence to work as a Private Investigator in the province of Alberta.

How do I start a career as a Private Investigator in Alberta?

If you want to start a career as a Private Investigator, completing the Alberta Investigators Training (AIT) course is the first requirement. Tip of Spear's online AIT course was the first in the province to be accredited by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General as an approved program for entry and is the the legal mandatory minimum training to be a licensed Private Investigator in the province of Alberta - effective June 1, 2011. This program is offered in Online format only.

If you have taken the Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST) program, this program is a more in-depth training process in comparison. It expands on the concepts listed below to ensure the student has a clear understanding of the requirements of working in this field. ABST is not a pre-requisite to taking this course.

How do you get your Private Investigator Licence?


Check to make sure you meet the basic requirements for the licence.


Complete your Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) online course.


Pass your proctored government exam (online or in-person).


Apply for your Security Services licence as a Private Investigator.

We help with it all!

Follow an easy, step-by-step process

We have simplified the often confusing, multi-step process of getting your security licence down to a simple, easy-to-follow process that we guide you through every step of the way.

Everything is included

We provide everything you need to get your security licence: the course, the exam, and help with your licence application. No hidden, or extra fees. No hunting for your own exam proctor.

Choose the additional options you want

We want you to succeed, so we also have additional resources and options such as online practice exams (included), and hardcopy manuals.

What's included with your course tuition

  • Immediate access to the government-accredited course with experienced instruction. Access on any device for 6 months.
  • A copy of the course study material (to purchase or download a digital copy or purchase a physical copy).
  • Access to online practice exams to ensure you're ready for your government exam.
  • The proctored government exam at our facility in Edmonton. Choose one of our regularly-scheduled dates that suits your schedule. Or take the exam online for an additional $50+GST.
  • Guidance on the next steps and completing the security guard licence application.
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Why choose Tip of Spear to take this training?

Quality Content

The Alberta Investigators Training course through Tip of Spear is accredited with the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.

Qualified Instructors

Our instructors are real people with 30+ years of experience, who have actually worked extensively in the security and private investigation fields. We are constantly improving our high-quality material and instructional techniques so you effectively learn the skills you need.

Exams Included

The provincial exams are included in the price of our course, and regularly scheduled right here in our Edmonton facility. We have a very high pass rate for the exam as we provide extra material and practice exams.


We are the largest and most trusted training centre in Alberta. We have successfully trained almost 10,000 people over 10 years and our reputation with this program is well-known in the industry. Our key courses are accredited through the Alberta Solicitor and Governor General.

Alberta Advantage

We live and work in Alberta too, so we know what the security industry is like here and teach from that perspective, which gives you an advantage. This is not just about doing the minimum to get your licence, this is about setting you up for success in your career!

Full Support

We go above and beyond to provide support and guidance on everything you need. Learn what the prerequisites are to start your career, complete your course, pass your exam, apply for your licence, and get that dream job. We help with it all!
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Choose your Package

AIT Basic
$239 $289
This is the place to get not only your AIT course, but all the other resources you need to pass your exam and get your licence. Price is $239+GST.

Includes 4 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams
  • Government exam
AIT Basic + Manual
$289 $349
This package includes everything you need to get your private investigators licence, including a hardcopy paper manual for students who like pen and paper. Price is $289+GST.

Includes 5 resources:
  • Online course
  • Digital participant manual
  • Online practice exams
  • Government exam
  • Paper manual & shipping
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What our learners say  

This is not just courses, at Tip of Spear, it is empowering, and will change how you think about health, mental health, and self-defense. It does not matter if you are considering firearms safety, martial arts, private investigation or something like handcuffing certification, this company, it feels like an investment in you as a person."

-  Shawn Potvin

They are doing very well in their sector. I highly recommend their services. Moreover, they are also very helpful before and after the exam. Lastly, they properly address our problems and calls, which shows their elite customer service. Thanks you for the elegant service."

- Karan Komal nar
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Course Curriculum

Next Steps to get Licensed

1. Pass the Proctored Government Exam

Once you have completed the course, you can register for your government proctored exam with Tip of Spear.  If you took your AIT course with Tip of Spear, the exam is included in the cost of the course. For more information about the exam and to register, please read the Proctored Exam section.

2. Apply for the Security Services Licence

Once you have passed your exam and received notification from the Alberta Solicitor General, which takes 2-3 weeks, you can apply for your licence. The steps are essentially the same as getting your Security Services licence as a security guard.

Individual Options

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am not sure if my past history will affect my eligibility. How can I find out?

If you have a specific unique scenario about the above requirements (such as a restraining order or previous offense) and are not sure if it will impact your eligibility, you can contact for more information.

2. I've worked in law enforcement. Are there any exemptions for me in getting my Security Services Licence?

If you've worked as a police or peace officer in the past 3 years, contact to see if you are eligible for any exemptions. 

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