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How to Apply to Become a FBCI

$150 Initial application Fee plus:
(Includes a $50 non-refundable processing fee should the application be rejected.)

Proof of a minimum of three years of continuous experienceby submitting one of the following:

1.  Documentation confirming a minimum of three (3) years of continuous licensed investigative experience including at least (1) year as a Florida licensed Class C private investigator, under Chapter 493 of the Florida Statutes, or in place thereof,

2.  Documentation confirming at least three (3) continuous years of similar duties as a full time investigative employee of an attorney, insurance company or law enforcement agency, whose position was exempted from Florida private investigative licensure, or in place thereof,

3.  Documentation confriming not less than five (5) continuous years of similar investigative duties as approved by the FBCI Board. These duties must have been performed in other related profesional disciplines.
investigative reporter; business/financial/stock analyst; certified fraud examiner; law enforcement, military law enforcement, fire/arson, may receive FBCI consideration on a case-by-case basis

Pass the FBCI Proctored Exam with a minimum score of 70%
Applicants must sit for, and pass, with a minimum score of 70%, a proctored written exam prepared and given by a member of the FBCI Committee, or another designated proctor. Those who qualify under sections 1 and 2 above, will be required to pass a proctored exam proving knowledge of Florida Statute 493. Those who qualify under section 3 above will be required to pass a proctored exam demonstrating overall knowledge of investigative techniques; statutory, ethics, and legal issues.

The exam will be offered several times a year, at FALI-U events, and the annual FALI Conference. Exact dates will be announced, and listed on the website.
(See study materials below.)

Three letters of recommendation from clients and/or investigative professionals.
Please submit with application.

Click HERE to Apply Online.

Click HERE to download an application to mail, or email.

Click HERE to download the FBCI Policies & Procedures.

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FBCI Testing

The FBCI exam consists of 80 questions which are taken from the following publications:

Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery - the FTER Method
Written by: Brandon Perron

*Limited copies available in the FALI Library.
Purchase online by clicking HERE

Code of Professional Conduct: Standards and Ethics for the Investigative Profession
"3rd Edition" Written by: Kitty Hailey

*Limited copies available in the FALI Library.
Purchase online by clicking HERE

The Florida Private Investigator Handbook: State Statute 493
All PIs should have a copy but the online version can be found by clicking HERE

Florida Citizen’s Public Records Guide
Can be found online at the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for
Freedom of Information
by clicking HERE

*Note: only those applicants who have paid for, and submitted their FBCI application,
may borrow the books from the library, one at a time.

Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
1350 CR1 #2896, Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 373-8028


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