The Most Comprehensive and Real Life Criminal Investigation Program in Existence, Bar None..
The Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) program which 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 skill sets 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.
Those who earn the nationally accredited credential, 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 and 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 all turn to for answers.
Here's What's Waiting for You on the inside of This Incredible Program:
An intensive, resident based training program that makes it easy to become a Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) – even with your busy schedule
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
And much, much more...
The Top Reasons To Get Certified
Career Advancement Surveys consistently suggest that McAfee Institute (M.I.) Board certified professionals earn higher salaries (up to a 30% increase) and gain more opportunities for career advancement.
Professional Opportunities Certification proves to prospective employers that your expertise is confirmed by McAfee Institute, the leader in intelligence and investigative professional development.
Proven Professional Achievement Documented evidence of your professional achievement leads to recognition and respect for your abilities as an intelligence and investigative professional.
Greater Adaptability McAfee Institute Certified professionals demonstrate that they are committed to continuing education, allowing them to adapt more effectively to a rapidly changing technology environment.
Increased Credibility McAfee Institute Certification credentials increase your standing in the community by attesting to the integrity of your knowledge and skills and the reliability with which you can apply them.
Employer Confidence McAfee Institute Certifications help employers match skills to job requirements and provides confidence that employees have the right skills for the job.
Industry Recognition The high-integrity examination and certification process ensures that McAfee Institute credentials are the standard for the intelligence and investigative sectors.
Continued Professional Growth Recertification requirements, combined with a variety of learning resources, ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with a rapidly changing field.
At McAfee, we don't just want our students to have to settle for "satisfactory" results or instruction. What we're doing here is giving you the training, knowledge, and real-world experience to turn yourself into a confident and credible industry recognized criminal investigator.
We're helping you achieve the credibility and expert authority that will skyrocket your career and propel you miles ahead of the competition.
G.I. Bill® Approved
McAfee Institute is approved for the Veterans Education Benefits for ourresident based(in-person) programs. If you are interested in attending one of our world-renowned board certification programs please follow these directions for enrollment using Veterans Education Benefits.
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. OR
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™. 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.
Download the complete syllabus below
You have to renew the board certification every two years, once you are certified. The cost is $125 for an additional two years. CPE requirements arelisted here.
Welcome to the CPCI Board Certification
A Message from our Founder!
The CPCI Experience
Course Resources and Downloads
Professional Standards (Reading Assignment)
Professional Standards for CPCI
Prep Review Quiz: Professional Standards
Ethical Standards (Reading Assignment)
Discussion Assignment 1: Moral Ethics
Discussion 2: Professional Ethics
Intro to Criminal Investigations
Intro to Criminal Investigations (Reading Assignment)
Introduction to Criminal Investigations
Qualities of a Good Investigator
Goals of Criminal Investigations
A Realistic View of Investigative Activities
Case Preparation Overview
Prep Review Quiz: Intro to Criminal Investigations
Case Management (Reading Assignment)
Planning & Documentation (Standards)
Initial Notification (Standards)
Reviewing reports and witness statements (Standards)
Solvability Factors (Standards)
Presentation for Prosecution (Standards)
Clearance Codes (Standards)
Maintaining Cases for Future Retrieval (Standards)
How to Prioritize Your Case Load (Real World)
Crime Scene Note Taking (Real World)
Keeping your Cases Updated (Real World)
Follow Up Essentials (Real World)
CrimeScene Documentation Insights (Real World)
The Media Effect on Case Load (Real World)
Managing HighProfile Cases (Real World)
Working with the Prosecutor (Real World)
The Importance of Partnerships (Real World)
Common Mistakes to Avoid (Real World)
Career Killers (Real World)
The Importance of Respect While Documenting a CASE (Real World)
Prep Review Quiz: Case Management
Documenting Investigations Expectations
Documenting Investigations (Reading Assignment)
Field Notes 101
Entry and Exit Log
Crime Scene Sketch
Tools of the Trade
Different Types of Views
Ways to Measure the Crime Scene
The Need for Effective Criminal Investigative Reports