Montana Surveillance Training Course - Continuing Education (16 hrs)

The Montana CE Surveillance Course is now registered as a Continuing Education course.  It has a Texas School Number: Y04175701. It will count as 16 hours (14 hours content, 2 hours ethics) toward the 8 required by Montana when renewing your PI Registration.

This class was created for those who wish to break into the Private Investigation field, but have no Surveillance experience. Without a basic foundation in Surveillance, it can seem impossible to get hired in Texas (and probably other states as well), since most new investigators do mainly Surveillance.

Once you have a good foundation and basic skills, you stand a much better chance of getting hired on with Investigative Agencies.

Not only will you have the basic skills to begin work, but you will also have an understanding of PI employer/employee relations, Private Investigator ethics, and much more

Although this course was written for Texas, the basic Surveillance skills should apply anywhere.  Remember, you should contact your own licensing agency in your state to make sure you are operating legally.

This format consists of:
300+ Training Slides
9+ Hours of Audio Narration
Over 30 Static/Mobile Surveillance Video Clips
PDF Copy of the Course Slides (no audio/video)
PDF Helpful Documents
Certificate of Completion
30 Days to Complete

Complete the course at your own rate.  Work for 30 minutes or 30 hours, it's up to you.  You can advance the slides when you are comfortable you've learned the material.


Private investigators must complete a minimum of eight (8) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

FAQ’S Regarding Continuing Education for Montana Private Investigators


(1) …

(2) To qualify, continuing education courses must relate to the licensee's occupation. In addition to training and education that is specific to a licensee's occupation, the board approves the following topics of study:

(a) Private investigators and process servers may complete continuing legal education (CLE) approved by a state bar on legal topics that relate to their respective operations.

(b) Alarm runners, installers, resident managers, and security guards may complete continuing education on the topics related to their practice defined in 37-60-101, MCA.

To view the adopted changes in their entirety please visit: MAR Notice No. 24-182-35

(3) Providers of continuing education that are acceptable to the board include:

(a) professional organizations that establish standards and criteria for continuing education programs, and/or serve or represent practitioners of the licensee's occupation;

(b) academic institutions of higher learning;

(c) continuing education courses that have been approved in another state; and

(d) POST-approved instruction.


Private Investigator Online Surveillance Course

Introduction to Private Investigator Employment
*** What to Expect as a New Private Investigator
*** Can You Open Your Own Company?
*** Types of Private Investigators

Basics of Surveillance
*** Why use surveillance?
*** Types of cases
*** Before Taking the Case
*** Pre-Surveillance Client Interview
*** Pre-Surveillance Planning
*** Nature of Surveillance & Investigations
*** Single Vehicle Mobile Surveillance
*** Linear Following
*** Segmented Following
*** During Surveillance…
*** Foot Surveillance
*** Sample Mobile Video Clips
*** Static Surveillance
*** Hiding in the Vehicle
*** Dealing With Law Enforcement
*** Murphy’s Law
*** Getting Burned
*** Surveillance Equipment
*** Types of Surveillance Vehicles
*** Inside the Surveillance Vehicle
*** Surveillance Reports
*** Surveillance Forms and Contracts
*** Surveillance Requirements Expected of Employees

Employer or Employee: Which Are You?
*** Difference Between
*** What Employers Want From an Employee
*** What to Expect as an Employee
*** Pros/Cons of Employees: Owner’s Perspective

*** What are Investigator Ethics
*** Consequences of Unethical Behavior

Final Exam
*** Content Test Questions (35)
*** Ethics Questions (15)

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