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Sources of Information for Private Investigators: Online

In this seven-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator and author Rory McMahon surveys the wide range of information sources available to private investigators and various methods for accessing information. In addition to exploring techniques for collecting information from various sources, Mr. McMahon also provides critical guidance on a number of practical issues such as case management and planning, structuring background investigations, due diligence investigations, unique approaches to locating missing people, etc.

Topics include:

Records and Documents • State and Municipal Sources of Information • Federal Sources • Utilities • Private Organizations • Public Records • The Internet • Laws and Administrative Rules Regarding Personal Records and Privacy • Skip Tracing Techniques • Pre-Employment Screening • Due Diligence Investigations


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 INV 107 Public and Private Sources of Information 2h 12m
2 INV 108 Major Law and Policy on Records Restrictions 59m 44s
3 INV 112 Locating People and Conducting Background Investigations 2h 38m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 7 hours.

Testing And Documentation

The final exam for this course is administered online as a 25-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

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Restriction Level:
Level 1 - Open to the Public

Private and Corporate Investigators

Expected Completion Time:
7 hours

25 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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