Council of International Investigators Membership Requirements


Thank you for considering applying for membership in the Council of International Investigators (Council / CII). Please carefully complete the following application form. Only complete forms are considered for vetting purposes. After completing the application you will be prompted to a payment screen requesting your credit card details to pay the application fee (non-refundable). Please ensure you have your credit or debit card handy to complete the form and pay the fees. The non-refundable application fee is US$110. Annual dues are US$195.

As per the By-Laws article 4.2, any individual engaged in the business of private investigation, security, or similar profession may be eligible for membership in the Council. Membership shall not be granted to an individual whose principal occupation is in one of the following: debt collection, auto repossession, service of process, marital investigations or transportation of currency.

All applicants for membership to the Council shall be licensed or registered in their jurisdiction where required and be vetted for character, personal and business professionalism. As part of the vetting process, the applicant's names, business name, city and country will be posted on the Members Only section of the CII website for a minimum of 30 days. You will be requested to provide documentation regarding licenses and other credentials.It is recommended that an active CII member sponsor you for membership.

As a condition of membership, all members agree to comply with Council By- Laws, the Rules and Regulations and the Code of Ethics.


The Council of International Investigators offers several membership classes. On the actual application form, please select the appropriate box indicating the class of membership you wish to apply for.

Membership is granted to individuals, not corporations. Individuals with a minimum of 5 years of investigative experience and 3 years of being the owner or principal of an investigative or security agency are eligible for Certified Membership. Those with less than three years of experience in managing their own agency are eligible for Qualified Membership. Associate and Affiliate memberships are also available. More details of the various classes of membership are listed below. Carefully read the requirements of each class of membership before making your choice on the application.

A) CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR CII membership is available to an individual who has been in the business of private investigation, security, who has both investigative experience for a minimum of 5 (five) years and has been a principal (owner) of his/her firm, partnership or corporation for at least three years, whether consecutive or not.

B) QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR QII membership shall be granted to a principal (owner) of a company meeting all criteria of a Certified Member except that he/she has not operated their own business for a period of 3 (three) years.

C) ASSOCIATE INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR AII membership shall be granted to any employee of a Certified, Qualified or Senior Council Member. Associated members need recommendation and sponsorship from the Certified, Qualified or Senior member that employs the Associate member and if such sponsorship ceases, the Associate membership is no longer valid. Note: If you apply for an AII membership as employee please you will need to post the name and contact details of the CII, QII or SII member who sponsors your application.

G) AFFILIATE COUNCIL MEMBER ACM may be any person from an industry or organization which furnishes materials or a service to the Council membership or be any person empowered by position within a corporation or company to contract an investigation. An Affiliate Member's membership shall cease forthwith if the Affiliate Member ceases to be in an industry as described above or leaves his/her empowered position within a corporation or company.


All members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings, participate in proceedings, serve on committees and perform duties as assigned. Only Certified, Senior and Emeritus members in good standing have the right to vote and be elected to the Executive Board.

Only Certified members can hold Office (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary)

There is no restriction on the number of members from a firm, however, only one Certified or Senior member from the same firm or group of companies can be elected to the Executive Board or hold office at the same time.

A member may only list, on the membership database presentation pages, those countries in which he/she has a registered and active office. Having a network of subcontractors in a country does not qualify for country listing.

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