How to Become a Skip Tracer?

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Steps to Become an Investigator

An investigator works with businesses, individuals, and law enforcement agencies to investigate and solve crimes and secure successful convictions. They complete comprehensive investigations of complex criminal activities and other provincial/territorial, local, or federal violations while collecting, analyzing, and preserving evidence. Investigators use analysis and deductive reasoning to develop informed decisions and conclusions that may lead to prosecution. Here are four steps on how to become an investigator.

Get your degree.

The first step to becoming an investigator is to earn your education. You need a high school diploma or the equivalent to begin a job or gain entry to a college or university. You can then pursue a college diploma or a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice, criminal investigation, or other relevant fields such as forensics, sociology, or psychology.

You may also progress from an officer to an investigator after spending time working within the police field. If you have any university education and have shown interest in becoming an investigator, your employer may promote you rather quickly.

Depending on your job, investigators may need to learn how to do the following in order to complete various tasks you'll encounter while on the job:

  • Write case reports.
  • Respond to emergencies as they arise.
  • Analyze crime scenes.
  • Collect evidence.
  • Obtain arrest warrants.
  • Secure search warrants.
  • Testify in a court of law as needed.
  • Interview witnesses.
  • Maintain case records.

Get licensed.

To begin working as an investigator, you'll need to be licensed by your province or territory. You will also need to be able to pass a background check, and in some provinces/territories, you will have to complete a basic training course and pass an exam. Once you have met all the provincial/territorial requirements, you can be registered as an investigator.


Start applying for jobs.

Once you've completed your education and have your diploma or degree and your licence, you can start applying for jobs as an investigator. If you would like to gain some real-world job experience beforehand and learn more about the criminal justice system, you may wish to work as a victim advocate, correctional officer, or police officer before beginning work as an investigator. You'll also need to learn what type of investigator you want to be, as there are various fields you may wish to specialize in as an investigator. These include:

  • Police Detective.
  • Criminal Investigator.
  • Forensic Detective.
  • Computer Detective.

You should focus your resume and cover letter to make them specific for each job. Highlight any special skills you have, previous relevant work experience, and anything else you believe will help you stand apart from the crowd.


Continue training.

When starting a job as an investigator, you'll usually need to undergo some on-the-job training before you're able to begin work by yourself. The type of training required will depend on your employer and whether you're working at the municipal, provincial/territorial, or federal level. You may also be required to complete the Major Crime Investigative Techniques Course. This program is offered by the Canadian Police College.

Skip Tracer Career Path


0 - 1Years of Experience
$73K - $120K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Senior Investigator

2 - 4Years of Experience
$75K - $120K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Investigator IV

5 - 7Years of Experience
$61K - $105K /yrAvg. Annual Salary
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Salary Trajectory

Skip Tracer Career Path

Investigator I
Senior Investigator
Investigator IV
Principal Investigator
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