Following is a list of professional association that are related to various aspects of the private investigation industry. Private investigators may join these associations to get access to professional training and education, access helpful resources, and network with other professionals.
For a list of associations dedicated specifically to private detectives in each state, see our List of Private Investigator Associations for each state.
Private Investigation Associations
- American Polygraph Association – Established in 1966, the American Polygraph Association (APA) consists of over 2500 members dedicated to providing a valid and reliable means to verify the truth and establish the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct in the polygraph field.
- American Society for Industrial Security, ASIS – ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics.
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.
- Association of Christian Investigators – The Association of Christian Investigators (ACI) is an organization designed to provide an environment in which an investigator can create meaningful and long-term relationships with other investigators who share common interests outside of the professional bonds.
- Association of Consumer Reporting Agencies – (NCRA) is a national trade organization of consumer reporting agencies and associated professionals that provide products and services to hundreds of thousands of credit grantors, employers, landlords and all types of general businesses.
- Association of Forensic Document Examiners, AFDE – The Association of Forensic Document Examiners [USA] was formed in 1986 as a professional organization for forensic document examiners. Our original goals were to provide quality continuing education, promote research within the field, establish a board certification program, and publish a journal devoted exclusively to document examination
- Association of Intellectual Property Protection International – Generally known under the abbreviated name AIPPI, is the world’s leading International Organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. The objective of AIPPI is to improve and promote the protection of intellectual property on both an international and national basis. It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements and also of national laws relating to intellectual property.
- Certified Investigative Professionals – Certified Investigative Professionals Inc. ® (CIPI), is a membership organization consisting of investigative professionals and affiliates, whose mission is to promote a standard of excellence among individual investigators, enhance public confidence in the profession, and represent the industry in business, education, and political forums.
- High Technology Crime Investigation Association – The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership.
- Intellectual Property Owners Association – Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology.
- International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition – The world’s largest non-profit organization devoted solely to protecting intellectual property and deterring counterfeiting. Our membership spans from automotive, apparel, luxury goods and pharmaceuticals, to food, software and entertainment. From the small privately owned companies to large multinationals, we share one common goal–to combat counterfeiting and piracy.
- International Association for the Study of Organized Crime – (IASOC) A professional association of criminologists, researchers, working professionals, teachers, and students. IASOC works to promote greater understanding and research about organized crime in all its manifestations
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators – The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA is the leading voice for the campus public safety community.
- International Intellectual Property Association – A private sector coalition, formed in 1984, of trade associations representing U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts working to improve international protection and enforcement of copyrighted materials and open up foreign markets closed by piracy and other market access barriers.
- National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents (now known as the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents)- The purpose of this association is to promote the principles and policies as set forth within the bylaws to upgrade the profession and the professional.
- National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts – Supports the users of business and intangible asset valuation services and financial forensic services, including damages determinations of all kinds and fraud detection and prevention, by training and certifying financial professionals in these disciplines. NACVA training includes Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit and is available to both members and non-members.
- National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators – The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is a non-profit organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and investigation of prescription drug diversion. NADDI also sponsors and conducts specialized educational seminars and conferences.
- National Association of Fraud Investigators – Established to improve communications and to expand the networking of those in investigation and related fields which include but is not limited to Law Enforcement, insurance investigators, professional investigators, security specialists, bond enforcement agents, attorneys, forensic examiners, tracers/locators, credit card investigators, auto theft investigators, international counterparts.
- National Association of Legal Investigators – NALI was formed in 1967 for legal investigators actively engaged in negligence investigations for the plaintiff and/or criminal defense. These investigators may be employed by law firms, public defenders or private investigative agencies. Our primary focus is to educate and advance the art and science of legal investigation, and to ensure the highest standard of professional ethics. This common bond establishes mutual trust, goodwill and friendship among our members.
- National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists – A non-profit organization whose members have joined together to share the challenge of dealing with the complex problems of accident reconstruction and to upgrade and ultimately professionalize the accident reconstruction field.
- National Association of Professional Background Screeners – Founded in 2003 as a non-profit trade association, NAPBS® serves to represent the interest of companies offering tenant, employment and background screening. NAPBS® offers an opportunity for qualified companies to participate in shaping the body of knowledge and regulations impacting our futures.
- National Association of Professional Process Servers – NAPPS – A Worldwide Organization Founded on the Principles of Professionalism and High Ethical Standards. Our database of Process Servers is a collection of the most outstanding individuals in the profession.
- National White Collar Crime Center – Provides training, investigative support and research to agencies and entities involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. A non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting Law Enforcement in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime, NW3C has been continuously funded through competitive grants for over three decades. NW3C membership consists of Law Enforcement agencies from all 50 states and four continents.
- Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators – A professional organization of licensed investigators incorporated in the State of Washington in December 1947. PNAI was established to encourage and assist members in their continuing professional education, and to establish goals for their professional conduct and behavior, by mandating standards of personal and professional conduct.
- United States Association of Professional Investigators – USAPI membership is open to all “professional investigators. Any individual who is currently employed in the capacity of a professional investigator including any current active duty law enforcement whether or not you are titled as an Investigator, Federal Agent, DA Investigator, Public Defender investigator or licensed Private Investigator. If you are a non-sworn employee for a law enforcement agency or an employee of a licensed Private Investigator you must be an employee for a period of no less than one year, and least 21 years of age. Law Enforcement, PI’s, Insurance, Child Welfare, Military, etc., are all welcome.
- United States Process Servers Association – The United States Process Servers Association helps people in need of a Process Server to find one in any part of the United States.
- National Association of Code Enforcement Officers &Investigators – Provides information exchange, important links, tips &techniques. Topics include dangers, anti-terrorism, unlicensed contractors, un-permitted construction, street-spam / illegal signage, photo-gallery. Future plans include a talk-group forum.
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