Career Information

Careers in the Field of Investigation & Enforcement

Graduates of the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program have gone on to careers as provincial government investigators and private investigators.  There are a number of professionals who work for government (municipal, provincial and federal), crown corporations, professional associations and in private industry who monitor for compliance, conduct inspections and investigations, and perform some enforcement functions.

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Provincial Government Opportunities

In British Columbia there are in excess of thirty government and quasi-government agencies which have Designated Enforcement Officer status (formerly known as Special Provincial Constables) under the BC Police Act. This means that personnel have limited peace officer status to enforce statutes specific to their position. Examples include:

  • Conservation Officers
  • Commercial Transport Inspectors
  • ICBC Special Investigations Unit
  • SPCA Animal Control and Cruelty
  • CN and CP Rail Police
  • MHR Fraud Investigators
  • BC Gaming Branch
  • Ministry of Justice Consumer Services
  • BC Securities Commission

For information on positions within the BC government, check the government postings web site. 


Federal Government Opportunities

Many federal bodies have staff whose role it is to monitor public and private agencies to ensure compliance with various legal statutes. Examples include Canada Border Services, Canada Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Transportation Safety Board Inspectors.  For information on positions within the federal government, check the federal government postings website.

Municipal Government Opportunities

At the local level, the majority of municipalities have staff who investigate offences ranging from building code violations to unlicensed businesses.

Professional Associations

Most large professional associations have professional investigators on staff to investigate alleged breaches of professional standards and public complaints. Examples include:

  • BC Medical Association
  • BC Law Society
  • BC Teachers Federation

Private Industry

Many large corporations will have full time investigators on staff that are responsible for internal security issues, loss prevention (shoplifting) and complex fraud investigations.

Private Investigator

To be a Private Investigator in BC, you must be licensed by the Ministry of Justice, Security Programs. For specific details on licensing, please contact the Ministry of Justice General Security Programs.

Skills for Entering the Workforce 

According to the Conference Board of Canada report Employability Skills 2000, the critical skills workers need now as they enter or progress in the workforce include communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours, adaptability, working with others, and science, technology and mathematics skills. While several of these skills are covered to varying to degrees in the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program, our program is like all others in that no one program can possibly teach all these skills at any one time. All students are encouraged to identify and seek out opportunities where they can continuously add to their personal inventory of knowledge, skills and competencies. Investigative work, like any field, requires a commitment to life-long learning.


Last updated August 23, 2012