If you’ve been thinking of taking your law enforcement career in a new direction, you might consider becoming a licensed private investigator. Whether you’ve decided on this career path because you’ve always found the idea of investigation and solving crimes to be fascinating, or your motivation is to help protect and serve the community in which you live, becoming a private investigator can be both challenging and rewarding. At Test Ready Pro, we know a thing or two about becoming a P.I. We offer a comprehensive Ontario private investigator course that you can take entirely online. Keep reading to learn more about it and to get tips on how to become a private investigator.

Who Can Become A Private Investigator?

Before you decide to become a private investigator in Ontario, you should make sure that you meet the basic eligibility requirements. The conditions are pretty straightforward — you have to be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in Canada, and have a clean criminal record. Keep in mind that when you apply for your license a background check will be performed, so a previous offense could come back to haunt you. While it’s not a requirement that you already work in law enforcement to become a P.I., many people do.

Basic Requirements

If you meet the eligibility requirements and have made the decision to become a private investigator, there are four basic steps you’ll need to take to become licensed by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services (MCSCS).

Training Course

You’ll be required to complete an MCSCS-approved basic training course. The course must be a minimum of 50-hours and be provided by an MCSCS-approved school. If you’re looking for an approved Ontario private investigator course, Test Ready Pro is the most comprehensive one available. Our course consists of 11 modules that cover everything from an overview of the Canadian legal system to the general investigation process and interview techniques.

Licensing Exam

Once you complete your Ontario private investigator course, you’ll be ready to sign up for the licensing exam. The exam is administered by Serco Canada Inc. on behalf of MCSCS. The test is 60 questions long, in multiple-choice format, and you are given 90 minutes to complete it. You can learn more about the testing process and sign up for a test in your area by visiting the Serco website.

CPR Certificate

Another requirement of licensing is to show that you have a standard first aid level C CPR certificate. In order to get your certificate, you must receive training in various first aid principles such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway obstruction, wound care, and other emergency response techniques. Once you receive your CRP certificate, it is valid for 3 years, after which time you’ll have to be recertified. Contact us to discuss or schedule your first aid training.

Apply For License

After completing your training course and CPR certification and successfully passing your licensing exam, you can apply for your private investigator license. You can apply through the Service Ontario website or by mail. The cost of the license is $80.

Why Choose Test Ready Pro’s Ontario Private Investigator Course


There are hundreds of training courses out there, taught by colleges and universities as well as private schools. Before getting started with your training course, it’s essential that you make sure the school or institution is on the MCSCS list of approved providers. You won’t have to worry about this step when you choose Test Ready Pro — we’re an approved provider that has been helping candidates prepare for their careers for over 10 years!

100% Success Rate

When you register for our private investigator certification course, you’ll feel confident in knowing that we will provide you with the best materials and instruction possible to ensure that you can pass your test the first time. In fact, Test Ready Pro currently has a 100% success rate — that’s concrete proof of just how effective our training services are!

Instant Access

After registration and payment, you’ll be able to access your private investigator courses instantly. No need to wait for a new school semester to begin. Signing up for our online classes means you can get started as soon as you’re ready.

Study on Your Own Time

Because our training course is online, it allows you to take the class at your own pace and study on your own time. You won’t have to worry about driving to class, our online format allows you to learn and study right in the comfort of your own home.

Taught by Experienced Professionals

Our classes are taught through a blended format of online classes and personal instructor interaction. We partner with PRO-TEC 5, the leaders in private investigation services to offer you the best instruction and preparation possible. PRO-TEC 5 provides expertise in police foundations, close protection, self-defense, security, and private investigative education and training.

Sign Up Today

If you’re ready to take the next step toward an exciting and challenging career, contact Test Ready Pro to sign up for our Ontario private investigator course. We are the recognized leader in professional preparation for candidates getting ready to join law enforcement, emergency services, and the military. Private investigator certification is only one thing that we do. We also provide test prep services for all of the standard police exams such as the PATI, PCMP, RPAT test, and the GATB Constable test. Plus, we offer prep courses for those preparing to be firefighters, first responders, and security guards, among others. Contact Test Ready Pro to learn about our full course offerings and to sign up today!