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Private Investigator (NL)



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 be allowed to work as a private investigator, you must have the recognized ECABO diploma Private Investigator (Particulier Onderzoeker) in the Netherlands. Our organization provides a unique training that allows you to pass the exam and to start working as a private investigator within a short time.


The theoretical lessons, which consist of four teaching days, are supplemented by us with practical cases and a personal coach who guides you up to the national exam. The four days of classes are organized at our excellent location in Gilze-Rijen. In principle, after you have followed all the lessons, you are ready for the exam. However, we want to make sure that you succeed the first time. That's why you get access to the IACA-LMS platform, where you have access to a large number of exercises to prepare for your exam. You can also easily communicate with fellow students and your teacher 24/7 via this private platform. You will continue to have access for at least one year, so that you can also use this platform for networking. 


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.


Number of lessons before the exam:

Four interactive classroom lessons

Exam Preparation: Basic Knowledge & Legal Frameworks

Exam Preparation: Investigation & Reporting


This combined learning path will be eligible for the STAP budget


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During and after the training

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


Guidance during and after the training

During the classroom lessons we prepare you in a personal and professional way for the national exam. In addition, we take time during the lessons to discuss your future plans, to advise you on this matter, and to work together with the other students on a future network. Experience has taught us that aspiring private investigators do not only have questions about the teaching material, but also about applying for the license (POB/gele pas), and about the way in which they can win assignments, create a network or create an internet site for their office.


After you have passed the national exam at the SVPB and are in possession of the recognized ECABO diploma Private Investigator, our teachers and employees are still at your disposal. If you decide to open your own office, they can advise and support you in applying for your licenses.


What are the options when you have obtained this diploma?

You can work as a private investigator or fraud expert from your own office or as an employee at, among others:


  • Investigation agencies (domestic and foreign)
  • Banking institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Expertise Agencies
  • Damage investigation agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Phone providers
  • Chain stores

Search here for Private Investigator vacancies


Certification and Recognition

In addition to the national exams at the SVPB, you can also choose to take an extra exam at our institute. You will then receive the recognized and registered SPEN diploma:


  • Particulier Onderzoeker®

Click here more about the SPEN diploma and recognition of this training.


  • NIVRE awards 6 PE points to the register Fraud Coordinators after completing this training.


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


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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