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Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission

Private Investigator Certified trainer Requirements


Any individual/company who offers private investigative training for a fee must be certified by the Commission as being qualified to administer and certify to successful completion of the training. A person who offers private investigators training for a fee and is not an employee of a private investigative or proprietary agency must be licensed as a training school. This requirement does not include individuals who offer continuing professional education programs.


A certified private investigator trainer may appoint an instructor to assist with the implementation of the training program.


Certification Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have at least three (3) years of supervisory experience satisfactory to the Commission with either a:
    • Investigative Company
    • Proprietary Entity
    • Branch of the United States Military
    • Any federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement agency
  • Be personally qualified to conduct the training
  • Be free of conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
  • Have an active Tennessee PI license
  • Have classifiable prints on file with the Commission
  • Satisfy the education requirements
  • The trainer must be an employee of a private investigative or proprietary agency or be licensed as a company.

Education Requirements

  • Hold a four year college degree from an accredited college or university acceptable to the Commission.

Renewal Requirements

  • License must be renewed every two years. Click Here for a schedule of fees.

Applications & Fees

  • Contact Commission office to request applications and obtain information regarding fees, or refer to Administrative Rules for information on application, registration, examination, renewal, or other fees.