• ESS Consulting were tasked to test the security detail implemented for the live 2010 UK general election debate venues

  • SIA endorsed Professional Investigator Level 3 (QCF)

  • Advanced Covert Surveillance Level 4

  • SIA endorsed Professional Investigator Level 3 (QCF)

It will be illegal to undertake any surveillance or investigation activity without holding an SIA Professional Investigators Licence, expected to be announced by the Home Office in 2015 and implemented by the Security Industry Authority.

Our range of specialist training programs have been uniquely developed to prepare the student for the reality of covert assignments in the commercial world.

We train the student to the highest standards possible using relevant up to date methods that reflect real operational situations. The structure of the training is based on covert operational assignments in the UK and overseas from 1995 to present and our involvement training varied law enforcement agencies internationally.

Our training is based on reality, not idealism.

The student will be given tuition based on real covert investigation and surveillance situations. ESS are not just a training company; we are operational at the highest levels of specialist security and investigation. Every assignment we undertake is debriefed and analysed to benefit our training programs. The result is a training system that empowers the student to effectively undertake assignments and achieve a viable commercial presence.

The bespoke training programs are accredited to Level 3 and 4 with the leading investigation qualification awarding body Industry Qualifications (IQ).

NOTE: All SIA endorsed Professional Investigation Level 3 courses are still awaiting final approval from the Security Industry Authority for PI licence application. At present, no training provider is able to guarantee that the qualification, in its current form, will be sufficient proof of competency to apply for the Professional Investigators Licence. ESS will offer students free of charge, and by distance learning, any minor top-up to the existing qualification that may be required. ESS Consulting have attended meetings with the SIA and Home Office officials and it is our belief that our IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators will be accepted as the standard required for licence application.

On successful completion of a training program, students will receive a nationally recognised qualification but more importantly they will have gained skills based on reality which will enable them to work within a demanding and highly skilled industry.

Training with ESS means you will have continued professional development opportunities and become a Professional Investigator, not just an operative.


The penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator will be:

  • upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

The penalty for supplying unlicensed staff will be:

  • upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
  • upon conviction on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial, an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.


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