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Alberta Supports Contact Centre

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Legal, Education and Government Services

Professional Investigator

Professional investigators gather information to secure evidence relating to a wide range of private, corporate, and legal interests.


Security Programs
Alberta Justice
P.O. Box 1023 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2M1

Call: 1-877-462-0791


Under Alberta’s Security Services and Investigators Act [pdf], Security Services and Investigators Regulation [pdf] and Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation [pdf], you must be licensed by the Government of Alberta to conduct surveillance activities or seek information about:

  • Crimes, misconduct, or allegations
  • Causes of accidents, injury, or damage
  • The activities or reputation of a person
  • The location of property or whereabouts of a person
What You Need

To be licensed as a professional investigator in Alberta, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be fluent in spoken English
  • Be competent and of good character and not the subject of a criminal investigation
  • Have no serious criminal record or outstanding criminal charge
  • Successfully complete training and examination requirements

For details about licensing requirements, visit the Government of Alberta website.

Working in Alberta

Professional investigators who are licensed and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for licensing in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the Government of Alberta website.

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