Alberta Investigators Training


If you want to start a career as a Private Investigator in Alberta, 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 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.

How do you get your Private Investigator (Security Services) license? Click on the links for more information, or go to Next Steps to get Licensed.

  1. Complete your AIT course

  2. Pass your government proctored exam

  3. Apply for your security services license

Subject material includes:

  • Introduction to the Investigation Industry

  • Professionalism and Ethics

  • Health and Safety

  • Law and the Canadian Legal System

  • Use of Force

  • Investigations

  • Communications and Report Writing

  • Specialized Investigations

  • The Business of Investigations


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.

Course Includes:

  • Assistance completing the investigator license application

  • Interactive online course instruction - Access for 120 days. An extension can be purchased for a reactivation fee of $25.

  • Electronic manual

  • Electronic practice exams 

  • Government proctored exam (First exam cost covered if taken in the Tip of Spear Facility)


Duration: 60 hours

Cost: $239 + GST

Register for the Course


Next Steps to get Licensed

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.

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

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