Qualification details

CPP30607 - Certificate III in Investigative Services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPP30619 - Certificate III in Investigative ServicesSupersedes and is equivalent to CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services. 29/Sep/2019

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1 (this release) 07/Apr/2011

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Units of competency

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CPPSEC3027A - Develop investigative planDevelop investigative planSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3033A - Conduct interviews and take statementsConduct interviews and take statementsSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3031A - Organise and operate a surveillance vehicleOrganise and operate a surveillance vehicleSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3012A - Store and protect informationStore and protect informationSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3034A - Operate information gathering equipmentOperate information gathering equipmentDeletedN/A
CPPSEC3026A - Work effectively in investigative servicesWork effectively in investigative servicesSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3028A - Compile investigative reportCompile investigative reportSupersededN/A
CPPSEC3029A - Provide quality investigative services to clientsProvide quality investigative services to clientsSupersededN/A
BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationshipsContribute to effective workplace relationshipsSupersededN/A
FNSMERC304B - Locate subjectsLocate subjectsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 442214 Private Investigator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3999-17 Private Investigator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Security Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Factual Investigator,Surveillance Investigator,Private Investigator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 442214 Private Investigator 03/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3999-17 Private Investigator 03/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 03/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/Apr/2011 
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Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Qualification Summary 

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include the following facets :


  • apply literacy skills to:
  • assess and use workplace information
  • interpret and understand basic legal, financial, procedural and technical requirements
  • process workplace documentation
  • read and record data
  • apply numeracy skills to:
  • record and collate accurately
  • undertake basic computations
  • ask for advice, feedback and clarification where appropriate
  • communicate demonstrating social and cultural sensitivity and respect
  • communicate in a clear and concise manner, in written and verbal modes
  • explain OHS requirements to others
  • follow procedures, guidelines and instructions as they relate to legal, regulatory, licensing and organisational requirements, occupational health and safety (OHS), industry standards and codes of practice, and manufacturers' specifications
  • give, receive and record information accurately
  • handle client complaints courteously
  • interpret and use maps and street directories
  • prepare and complete routine business documentation including reports, financial records, and continuity logs
  • prepare and present evidential information suitable for use in legal proceedings
  • report and/or record routine workplace information and breaches of codes of practice
  • report faulty equipment
  • seek feedback where appropriate
  • use interactive communication techniques to elicit and clarify information


  • build and maintain effective professional networks and working relationships with team members
  • seek assistance where appropriate
  • implement procedures to encourage others' contributions to OHS management
  • supervise, coach and mentor team members
  • relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities
  • assist relevant personnel in the evidence collection process
  • apply interpersonal skills including cooperation and flexibility
  • advise others of work implications, where appropriate

Problem solving 

  • analyse and resolve ambiguities or inconsistencies in information
  • constructively resolve conflict situations
  • identify and rectify financial discrepancies
  • identify hazards and implement risk assessment and control methods
  • resolve client service problems
  • take action to resolve equipment faults and malfunctions

Initiative and enterprise 

  • adapt service to meet client requirements
  • apply analytical skills
  • assess client needs in routine matters
  • determine and recommend appropriate method of investigation
  • evaluate validity, reliability and relevance of information
  • identify and introduce new ways to improve own performance
  • identify operational inadequacies and opportunities for further improvement
  • interpret and act upon available information using discretion and judgement
  • recommend improvements to policies and procedures

Planning and organising 

  • develop work plan to achieve personal and client deadlines and targets
  • estimate and coordinate required resources
  • manage resource acquisition and maintain inventories and databases
  • organise and maintain investigative information and records in compliance with legislative requirements
  • plan and organise own work
  • plan, prepare, organise and sequence surveillance and factual investigation activities and contingencies including interviews
  • prepare and manage evidence for presentation in legal proceedings
  • scope investigations and gather and collate relevant background information

Self management 

  • apply competency standards to own performance
  • demonstrate a commitment to complying with applicable legislative and procedural requirements
  • maintain own work performance and identify opportunities for professional development
  • organise, prioritise and complete daily work activities
  • present a professional image
  • seek feedback and support to improve own work performance
  • understand limitations of own role, responsibilities and authority
  • use personal protective equipment according to OHS guidelines
  • use time management skills


  • access learning opportunities to extend own personal work competencies to improve service delivery
  • identify and comply with relevant equipment training, licensing and legislative requirements
  • identify and provide advice on own and team OHS training needs
  • update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in:
  • client investigative service requirements
  • investigative methods
  • equipment and operating procedures


  • check, equip, maintain and drive surveillance vehicle
  • operate security, surveillance, recording and information gathering equipment
  • understand capabilities of security equipment and information technology
  • use computers and other information technology to access, record and organise information

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the property industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of Employability Skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Packaging Rules

Packaging rules 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The elective units are chosen as follows:

  • 3 units from the elective units listed below
  • 2 of the units may be chosen from Certificate II, III or IV qualifications in CPP07 or another Training Package, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured; they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome; and no more than 1 unit is from Certificate II.

Core units 


Contribute to effective workplace relationships


Organise personal work priorities and development


Maintain workplace safety in the security industry


Prepare and present evidence in court


Work effectively in the investigative services industry


Develop investigative plan


Compile investigative report


Provide quality investigative services to clients


Conduct surveillance


Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle


Gather information by factual investigation


Conduct interviews and take statements

Elective units 


Investigate micro business opportunities


Store and protect information


Operate information gathering equipment


Locate subjects


Support policy implementation


Exercise regulatory powers