Institute of Professional Investigators Training Centre


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Institute of Professional Investigators

Online Training Centre

Person Tracing Course

Investigations into tracing missing persons are taking place constantly - at professional and amateur levels, within and outside the legal sphere. They are done for a number of reasons, but the methodology is principally the same.

This course is intended to aid those whose work, or interest, lies in finding people. It is a guide to the methods and the legalities surrounding what can be very interesting work, the resolution of a puzzle which is not overly affected in its solving by evidential restrictions. It is also intended to address investigations into those persons who are lost either through time, or through a decision to go missing as a result of excessive pressures, legal, sociological and psychological.

Course fee: £175.00

This includes:

  • Access to all parts of the course
  • An Investigators Guide to Tracing by David Palmer FIPI F.Inst.L.Ex (£75.00 when purchased separately)

Note: Learners have 1 year from the date of registration to complete the course. 



  • Background
  • Preinvestigation
  • Record Keeping
  • Intitial Investigation


  • Methodology
  • General Enquiries
  • Computer Enquiries and Social Media
  • Legal Consideration
  • Reporting the Case



      The course is delivered in two parts, each part being made up of a number of modules. There are 9 modules in all.


      At the beginning of the course students are assigned a tutor who will guide them through the learning experience. Students will also have access to other tutors who each have their own area of expertise.


      There is an online library that provides an additional resource to fully explore the work of the professional investigator.


      At the end of each module students can test their understanding with short self-administered quizzes.


      Multiple Choice Questions

      The multiple choice questions fall at the end of each part.  The tutor must be satisfied that students have understood that part of the course before allowing access to the following part.


      In addition there are a number of assignments within each part which students will be asked to complete before the end of the course.

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