Sources of Information for Private Investigators

In this seven-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator and author Rory McMahon surveys the wide range of information sources available to private investigators and various methods for accessing information in addition to critical guidance on issues such as case management and planning, structuring background investigations, due diligence investigations, unique approaches to locating missing people, and more. The final exam for this course is administered online as a 20-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

Course syllabus:

  1. Records and Documents

  2. State and Municipal Sources of Information

  3. Federal Sources

  4. Utilities

  5. Private Organizations

  6. Public Records

  7. The Internet

  8. Laws and Administrative Rules Regarding Personal Records and Privacy

  9. Skip Tracing Techniques

  10. Pre-Employment Screening

  11. Due Diligence Investigations