What you will learn:

> The learner will be able to conduct professional criminal investigations.
> The learner will understand and adhere to ethical standards.
> The learner will be able to improve case management skills.
> The learner will be able to successfully investigative a wide variety of crimes.

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Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI)

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This Program Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Online Proctor License, 1-Year Exam License, Digital Certification & Credential

Total Hours: 100

# of Exercises: 17

# of CPE Credits Earned: 100

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Board Certification

Benefits: Live Instructor Support | Lifetime Access | Free Updates for Life | Globally Recognized | Real-world Applicable Training

The Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) program is the industry's premier board certification focused on criminal investigations. The responsibilities of today's law enforcement and investigators within all industries are complex and challenging.

The CPCI equips criminal investigators around the world with the most advanced knowledge and skillsets required to be successful in their role. In today's changing climate, criminal investigators are faced with a multitude of situations. Beyond traditional investigation methodologies, criminal investigators around the world must now be experts in cyber investigations, corruption, terrorism, fraud, human behavior, interview and interrogation, and more, to ensure the investigator is fully-equipped with the skill sets needed to meet the rigorous demands of the environments in which they will be working.

The CPCI is designed to meet these training needs as identified through systematic program monitoring in the form of validation studies and continuous research, which includes feedback from Partner Organizations and our World-Class Advisory Board.

The CPCI is the most comprehensive criminal investigative training program the industry has to offer, bar none. The entire program is online, self-study, video-based lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical exercises, and written exams which are used to ensure that each trainee acquires the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a successful criminal investigator.


Those who earn the nationally accredited credential that you're about to discover, go on to experience some of the world's most prestigious and exciting intelligence and investigative careers in both the public and private sectors.

With this board certification, you'll not only have the skills, knowledge, and expertise you need to track down criminals around the world... but you'll also become known as an industry expert in conducting quick and effective criminal investigations.

In just a moment, you're going to discover the all-new online certification course that is going to allow you to stand out from the competition and climb the career ladder faster than ever by establishing yourself as a leading expert, whom your employer and peers will all turn to for answers.

Here's What's Waiting for You on the inside of This Brand New Online Program:

  • 100% online self-paced learning modules that give you 24/7 access to the program and allow you the freedom to complete it at your convenience
  • An intensive, yet succinct self-study program that makes it easy to become a Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) – even with your busy schedule
  • Video-based tutorials that appeal to visual learners and make learning more of an engaging process so that you retain more information
  • Real-life scenarios and real-world training that will challenge you and give you the hands-on experience you need to be successful
  • LIVE investigative exercises that allow you to apply your learning and test your new skills on-the-spot
  • LIVE instructor support available via Chat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm CST so you can get answers to your questions and quick assistance with your course
  • And much, much more...

We're helping you achieve the credibility and expert authority that will skyrocket your career and propel you miles ahead of the competition.

We want you to be absolutely thrilled.

That's why we're making this incredible offer even sweeter...

In the very unlikely event that you aren't completely thrilled with the training you receive in the new Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) program... just let us know within 3 days, and we'll give you back every penny you invested in this game-changing certification!

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• Welcome to the CPCI Board Certification
• Professional Standards
• Ethical Standards
• Intro to Criminal Investigations
• Case Management
• Documenting Investigations
• Property Crime Investigations
• Crimes Against Persons Investigations
• Cyber Crime Investigations
• Sex Crime Investigations
• Human Trafficking Investigations
• Workplace Violence Investigations
• Active Shooter Investigations
• Digital Forensic Investigations
• Organized Retail Crime Investigations
• Terrorism Investigations
• Financial Crime Investigations
• Domestic Violence Investigations
• Homicide Investigations
• Death Investigations
• Narcotic Investigations
• Identity Crime Investigations
• Elderly Investigations
• Investigative Lab
• Smuggling of Migrants
• Corruption Investigations
• Follow Up Investigation
• The Role of the Victim in Criminal Investigations
• Utilizing Informants
• Interview and Interrogation
• Expert Witness
• Criminal Profiling
• Rules of Evidence
• Criminal Laws
• Group Discussion
• Final Board Exam


Want to learn more about the CPCI? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in case management, Property investigations, sex crime investigations and more! You will also position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this in-depth Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

Exam Details Program - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 200 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.

You can purchase an exam license here  for $450 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the training bundle.

The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 30 CPE credits. 

Bachelor’s degree or higher plus two years of experience in law enforcement or investigative work
Associates degree plus three years of experience as stated above
High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience as stated above.

Also, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud, or the like shall be ineligible to become a CPCI™. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a CPCI.

What if I don’t want to attend the training program. Can I just sit for the exam?

You do not need to attend our training programs to sit for the board exam.

If you are interested in sitting for the exam only to become a Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI), you may obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase. 

If you are interested in the Professional Criminal Investigator training only, you may do so by enrolling in the Qualified Professional Criminal Investigator (Q|PCI) program. Upon completion of the Qualified Professional Criminal Investigator (Q|PCI) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.  

Qualified Professional Criminal Investigator (Q|PCI)


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This online program is NOT eligible for veterans education benefits/G.I. Bill®. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. > See more here

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I’m quite impressed with the content material. It’s straightforward no nonsense learning. It’s relevant and beneficial as an educational tool for LE professionals seeking to upskill without the complexities of admission to tertiary institutions. The undertaking is not something to be sneezed at given the time involved to cover the content. I’d like to see course offerings on forensics and scene of crime analysis! Perhaps that’s in the works!

Damian C.
Australia Australia

Out of the world

Excellent course, I really enjoyed have been studied this course, It will known there are very big different before and after you did it. The outcomes of course were truly given you a high set skill investigator. Have an enjoyed the course.

Haposan H.
Indonesia Indonesia

CPCI - Excellent Course

This course helps me to enhance my skill in the investigation, the course provides step by step of the investigation, and how to do properly an interview with people related to the case with good comprehensive approaches. This program is robust and recommended for everyone. MARVELOUS !!!

Haposan H.
Indonesia Indonesia
I recommend this product


This course was very informative and helpful in my business and career. The staff was always very knowledgeable and professional. It was one of the best courses I have taken. I Highly Recommend.

Dean D.
United States United States

lots of effort

I was not familiar with this program when I first found the MacAfee website. I was concerned it might be of little value. However, this program is very robust, comprehensive, and was very challenging on a number of different levels.



I really like the ease of finding my way through the program and am learning so much by the reading portions. I am excited about the program and look forward to being a part of the CI program. Thank you Vicki DeGeus-Morris

Vicki D.

Excellent, step by step easy

Excellent, step by step easy to understand.

Zakir Q.

Very professional

I have barely started the course, but already I am impressed with the excellence and depth of the material and coursework. Very thought-provoking and uses real-life scenarios to build the course. The self-study pace is a huge plus as well. Looking forward towards finishing the rest of the course and moving forward with the professional opportunities the certificate will offer me.

Umar D.

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