Council of International Investigators
Membership Requirements

If you are a private investigator or private detective and would like to join the Council of International Investigators, please decide which membership class you would like to apply for before beginning your application:

Certified Member:

  • Is available to the owner of a firm, partnership or corporation who has been regularly employed as an investigator, security professional, law enforcement agent or similar profession for not less than five (5) years
  • Owner is now the principal, managing partner, chief executive or sole practitioner of a business for a period of not less than three (3) years.
  • There is a limit of two (2) Certified members per any one (1) firm.

Qualified Member:

  • Criteria as for a Certified member except applicant has not operated their own business for three (3) years.
  • Applicant must have been employed in the field for not less than five (5) years.
  • Applicant has all rights of personal appearance and discussion at meetings, but no right to vote or hold office.
  • There is a limit of two (2) Qualified members per any one (1) firm.
  • Applicant can apply for Certified membership as soon as they satisfy the requirements.

Associate Member:

  • Is restricted to a spouse or an employee of a Certified member or a spouse of a deceased Certified member.
  • Has all rights of personal appearance and discussion at meetings, but no right to vote or hold office.
  • Membership will be reviewed annually by the Board of Directors at the Mid-year Meeting.
  • A Certified member must sponsor applicants for Associate membership.

Affiliate Member:

  • Is available to any person empowered by position within a corporation or company to initiate, supervise, or contract for an investigation or who comes from an industry that furnishes materials or services to the professional investigation industry.
  • A Certified member must recommend them.
  • Affiliate members cannot vote or hold office.
  • They maintain membership as long as a Certified member sponsors them.
  • If they leave their field of employment or the Certified member loses membership, Affiliate membership ceases.

Requirements - all membership classes:

  • Council Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, as well as the Council of International Investigators’ Code of Ethics, must be strictly adhered to at all times.
  • All members of the Council of International Investigators must:
    • be of high moral character and have no criminal charges undisclosed.
    • be of good financial standing.
      (In accordance with CII Bylaws Article III, Section 9.)
  • Membership will not be granted to an individual whose principal occupation is one of the following:
    • Debt collection
    • Auto repossession
    • Service of process
    • Martial investigation
    • Transfer of currency
      (In accordance with CII Bylaws Article III, Section 2)

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