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Private Investigator (BE)



A private investigator (also known as a private detective) is a man or woman who collects and analyzes data, often for the purpose of solving or preventing an unlawful act or crime. It is often thought that a private investigator or private detective should be a former police officer. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most famous detectives often turn out to have a completely different background.


In order to become a private detective in Belgium which is recognized by the Ministry of the Flemish Community (Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap) and by the Flemish Institute for Self-Employed Entrepreneurship (Vlaams Instituut voor het Zelfstandig Ondernemen), you must follow training at a recognized training institute. Depending on the Belgian institute, this training lasts 1 to 2 years. You then have to go to school on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. However, through a training at our institute it is possible to complete this training in just 4 months!


How it works?

The Belgian government has recognized the Dutch Private Investigator ECABO-diploma – by a Royal Decree. This means that if you have the Dutch diploma, you do not have to follow the entire training in Belgium. In that case, you will be exempted from the following modules:


  • Socio-psychological education (44 hours)
  • Professional training (84 hours)
  • Practical exercises (120 hours)


In short, you will receive an exemption for more than 248 hours if you are in possession of the Dutch diploma. In Belgium, you only need to follow the Legal Training module. In that case, you do not have to go to school in Belgium two evenings a week, but you will receive the fully recognized Private Investigator diploma (Prive Detective), just like any other Belgian student who has followed the entire training program. To enable you to obtain the Dutch diploma as quickly as possible, we have developed a 4-day accredited training especially for our Belgian students. You attend classes for four Saturdays, after which you go for the Dutch exam immediately. After you have passed the Dutch exam, we immediately request an exemption for the Belgian lessons. In this way you not only save a lot of time and money, but you also have a Dutch and Belgian recognized diploma. With this diploma you can immediately start working throughout Europe.


During the training you will be taught by qualified private investigators who have more than 15 years of experience. They have worked as detectives on highly controversial cases at home and abroad on behalf of private individuals, law firms and governments. They are still working behind the scenes on current cases around the world. In addition to a Dutch and American diploma, these detectives also have a Belgian diploma so that the lessons perfectly match the lessons that will be provided later in Belgium.


During and after the training

Where are the lessons given?

For our Belgian students, the lessons are provided just across the border near Antwerp, in Gilze-Rijen. 


What do we offer you?

  • Practical textbooks (3)
  • Lunch
  • Classroom training
  • Experienced teachers and coaches
  • Exam Preparation: Basic Knowledge & Legal Frameworks
  • Exam Preparation: Investigation & Reporting
  • Homework guidance until the exam
  • Aftercare after graduation
  • Guidance exemption in Belgium


This recognized training program includes the following modules:

  • Legal frameworks
  • Civil Code
  • Judicial Organizations Act
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Criminal law
  • Civil law
  • Administrative law
  • Criminal proceedings
  • Basic knowledge of private investigator
  • Tactical and technical research
  • Digital Investigation
  • Surveillance techniques / use technical tools


Additional courses

  1. Practical Diploma Private Investigator
  2. Interrogation-, interview technique and body language
  3. Surveillance techniques
  4. Digital investigations
  5. Hypothesis and scenario thinking


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Course format: open, private or customized

Normally, this training is taught in a classroom setting. Nevertheless, we can imagine that, given your work, you would like to ask questions freely. In that case it is possible to provide a private training at our location for a minimum of eight participants. We also provide, as you are used to from us, completely customized training courses based on (parts of) this training. We are happy to make you a suitable offer.


Our instructors have been screened and have entered into a confidentiality agreement with various government departments. Creating a specific non-disclosure agreement for the benefit of your organization or service is of course no problem.

  • IACA offers two variants of this training:

    • Variant 1: The lessons take place on four consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 to 16:00.
    • Variant 2: The classes take place on four working days spread over 2 weeks. The lesson times are from 9:30 to 16:30.
  • In addition to the classroom lessons, you must take into account a study load of one to two hours per day until the exam.

  • You do not need any specific pre-education or background to participate in this training. 

    The training is classified at secondary level.

  • € 1295,- per participant.

    (Includes lunch and study material)


    The exam costs of € 285.50 must be paid directly to the SVPB. Please note, the exams are always taken in the Dutch language.

    • Start date: 06 March 2023 (working days)
      • Training days 06, 07, 13 and 14 March
      • Only 4 seats available


    • Start date: 01 April 2023 (Saturdays)
      • Training days: 01, 08, 15 and 22 April
      • Only 4 seats available


    You can choose whether to participate physically or virtually in the training.


    The open courses are standard provided in Dutch, unless (English) is indicated.

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