Golden Seal Enterprises


Investigator (02E)


DCJS Private Investigator (02E) is an 60-hour training program required to obtain a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services registration to work as a Private Investigator in Virginia.

Eligibility Requirments

  • Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Must be United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Topics Covered in this Course

  • Virginia Law & Regulations
  • Ethics
  • Evidence & Privacy Requirements
  • Surveillance
  • Research & Interviewing
  • Report Preparations
  • Audio Recording
  • Photography & Courtroom Testimony
  • Types of Investigations: Accident, Background, Domestic, Undercover, Fraud, Missing Persons, Property, Criminal.

Course Type: Entry Level

Course Cost: $850*

Course Duration: 60 hours (5 days)

*There is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.

DCJS regulations require that Private Investigators who carry or have access to a firearm in the course of their duties have a current DCJS Firearms Endorsement.

If you are planning to carry or have access to a firearm while working as a Private Investigator you’d need to take one of the following classes in addition to 02E.

  • DCJS Handgun (07E)*
  • DCJS Security Officer Handgun (75E)

*GSE does not offer 07E due to 75E superseding 07E in almost every way. To obtain the training required for a DCJS Firearms Endorsement, Private Investigator students would need to take 75E from GSE or 07E at another training school.

Related Courses

Course Information

GSE will provide the appropriate documents for you to register with the Department of Criminal Justice Services Private Security Services Division as a Private Investigator. The fees for doing so, however, are not included in your training and you must pay DCJS directly for fingerprint processing and registration fees. Please plan for your training days to be full. This course is primarily classroom theory and practical application of the skills we will be covering.

The course will be conducted at 230 Aviation Drive in Winchester, VA 2206.

Class begins at 8am on the day scheduled*. The door will be closed at 8:15am. It is recommended that students arrive 15 minutes early.

Plan for your training days to be full. If you live more than 20 minutes from Winchester, we highly encourage you to stay in a hotel for the duration of the class. 

Lunch breaks are scheduled daily. You may bring a lunch and use GSE’s refrigerator, microwave, and break room or you may go out for lunch. Intermittent breaks are given as scheduled by the instructor.

*Refer to your registration form for specific dates.

  • Photo ID.
  • Notebook taking materials. 
  • Laptop w/ charger.
  • Instructors.
  • Classroom.
  • Applicable training aids/gear.
  • Electronic registration with DCJS.
  • Certificate of completion.

Course attire should be presentable and appropriate to the type of course you are taking. Logos/Designs should be non-offensive and neutral in nature.

Course payment is due the day of your course. You may pay with cash, check, or any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

Please be advised that there is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.  

GSE recommended hotels can be viewed by clicking here: GSE Preferred Hotels

No weapons are authorized to be carried during this course. If you are a sworn law enforcement officer bound by general order to carry off-duty, please identify yourself to the lead instructor upon entering the building.

If inclement weather is expected on the day of training, GSE will decide to cancel/delay class start time no later than 6am the morning of the training. For students outside the area, please pay attention to the forecast in Frederick County as it often differs from areas east of the Shenandoah Valley.

This will be an educational experience and a great time for everyone involved. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to training with you.

Karl Dear
Director of Training
Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.
VA DCJS Training School #88-1476

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