Becoming a

Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)

Why Apply for the PCI?

Earning a Professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ) designation provides independent confirmation of your specialized skills in security investigations, including case evaluation and review of options for case management strategies. It validates your ability to collect information through the effective use of surveillance, interviews, and interrogations.

What’s on the Exam?

The PCI examination consists of 125 scored multiple-choice questions and may also contain 15 randomly distributed pre-test (unscored) questions for a total of up to 140 questions. The 2.5 hours allowed takes into consideration the review of pre-test items.

The exam covers tasks, knowledge, and skills in three primary domains that have been identified by professional investigators as required areas of competency in this field. 


  • US$300 ASIS members
  • US$450 nonmembers
  • Retake fee: US$200


Five years of investigations experience, including at least two years in case management*


A high school diploma or GED equivalent


  • Be employed full-time in a security-related role
  • Not have been convicted of any criminal offence that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, or the certification program
  • Sign and agree to abide by the ASIS Certification Code of Conduct
  • Agree to abide by the policies of the ASIS Certification programs as outlined in the Certification Handbook.

*Definitions for these terms can be found in the Certification Handbook.

Getting Started