Professional Certified Investigator (PCI™)

Employers, whether in private business or in public law enforcement, demand finely-honed investigative skills and more thorough case management.

The new investigations certification will help employers identify those professionals who have the specific, in-depth competency and knowledge required not only to get the job done – but to get it done right.

The investigations examination is targeted to security professional whose primary responsibility is to conduct investigations. It consists of multiple-choice questions covering tasks, knowledge, and skills in:

  • Case Management
  • Evidence Collection
  • Case Presentation


Candidates wishing to take the PCI™ examination must first satisfy the following requirements:

Experience and Education

  1. Five (5) years of investigations experience, with at least two (2) years in case management.
  2. A high school diploma or GED equivalent.

All ASIS programs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All ASIS programs are non-discriminatory. Eligibility for PCI™ certification and recertification is denied only when an applicant does not meet relevant security-related criteria, when an applicant has violated the PCI™ Code of Professional Responsibility, or when an applicant has committed an act that would reflect negatively on ASIS and the PCI™ program.

Definition of Terms

  1. “Investigations” is the logical collection of information through inquiry and examination for the purpose of developing evidence leading to problem resolution.
  2. “Experience” means that the individual has been personally engaged in investigations on a full-time basis, or as his or her primary duty. Included is:
    1. Experience as an investigator in the public or private sector.
    2. Experience with companies, associations, government, or other organizations furnishing services or equipment, including consulting firms, provided the duties and responsibilities substantively relate to investigations.
    3. Experience as a full-time educator on the faculty of an accredited educational institution provided the responsibilities for courses and other duties relate primarily to knowledge areas pertinent to investigations.
  3. “Case Management” is the coordination and direction of an investigation utilizing various disciplines and resources, the findings of which would be assessed to establish the facts/findings of the investigations a whole; the management process of the investigation.

The applicant must not have been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, and the PCI™ program. Successful Completion of an examination is required for all applicants who meet the experience and/or education and responsible charge criteria. Candidates must pass the examination to achieve the PCI™ designation.

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