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DDA Discovery Academy

a division of Discovery Groups, llc

We have trained many students transitioning from City, County, State or Federal enforcement agencies and military to succeed in the private sector of investigations.  

If you are from or in a state or country other than Arizona do not worry, we do not teach investigations state specific but rather teach the universal sound principals and practices of how to investigate.

Investigation Training for

  • new investigators

  • criminal justice and legal fields graduates 

  • those transitioning from other fields

  • professionals looking to update or add new skills

  • professionals adding to their skills to specialize

  • those transitioning from the Public Sector  


Licensing requirements for a private investigator?

PI licenses are required in all but three states for employee investigators and agency owners.  

To apply for your license you will need to provide the following: a completed application, fingerprint card, licensee fee, finger print card fee, and pass your criminal records background investigation.  If you have certain criminal felonies or misdemeanors you may not qualify for a license.   Additionally your state may require a test be passed, a class be taken, or an apprenticeship completed prior to issuing a license.  

In Arizona and most states, you must be 18 years of age to receive an employee investigation license that allows you to work as an investigator for a licensed investigation agency or firm.   This license does not allow you to open your own business and have your own clients.  This is where you get your on the job experience doing PI work under supervision.

Qualifications to have a PI agency license varies from state to state.  In many states there is a minimum of documented hours worked as an investigator, in Arizona and California that is 6000 hours.   Many states also have a testing requirement or courses that need to be taken to receive their license.  Arizona does not require a test or a class be taken at this time. Check with your state licensing for their requirements.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Investigation and Security Licensing

phone number:    602-223-2361     


Professional Investigator Apprenticeship 

Learn your craft under the guidance of  Master Investigators and industry professionals while working as a state licensed apprenticeship employee investigator.  Hours worked go towards your 6,000 hours needed to get your AZ agency licence.  

ISA-Investigator Security Agent

Flexible investigative career paths, to gain skills for entry to mid level investigation jobs. Three modules of core competencies  Career paths include Certificates for: Field Operative, In-house investigator, Risk Associate,  Investigator