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Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP40416





Looking to gain practical skills to conduct investigations within local, state, and federal branches of government? Our Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP40416 is the perfect qualification for you.

With this certification, you’ll learn to gather, analyse, and draw conclusions from interviews and multiple data sources, prepare evidence briefs, and correctly enact search and seizure orders.

Designed to provide hands-on experience, this qualification is ideal for anyone looking to build a career in government investigations. So why wait? Enrol in the Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP40416 today and take the first step towards becoming a successful government investigator!

The Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP40416 qualification can provide a number of career and further study outcomes. After completing this course you could explore some of the following careers:
  • Investigating Officer (Public Sector)
  • Manager
  • Compliance specialist
Gain knowledge and experience in areas such as:
  • Supporting the values of public service
  • Planning and initiating an investigation
  • Applying regulatory powers
Already have experience in Government? Apply for RPL and gain your qualification sooner!
View the core and elective units that this qualification can be studied via online correspondence or via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Packaging Rules

15 units of competency are required for this qualification:

  • 6 core units
  • 9 elective units

Choose 1 elective from Group A Work health safety.


  • minimum of 5 units from Groups B and C

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.


Regulatory compliance specialisation:

  • minimum of 5 units from Group B

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect the occupational learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level. Seek further advice on selecting imported units of competency in the PSP Implementation Guide.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

Core units PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation PSPREG003 Apply regulatory powers PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews Elective units Group A: Work health safety BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety Group B: Regulatory compliance specialisation PSPREG004 Promote client compliance PSPREG005 Assess compliance PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview PSPREG008 Act on non-compliance PSPREG013 Undertake inspections and monitoring PSPREG015 Receive and validate data PSPREG017 Undertake compliance audits PSPREG018 Plan and implement recovery action Group C: General elective units PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients PSPGEN029 Value diversity PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks PSPGEN043 Apply government processes PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation PSPREG007 Make arrests PSPREG009 Conduct search and seizure PSPREG010 Prepare a brief of evidence PSPREG011 Give evidence PSPREG014 Conduct surveillance PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis **Online study units:** Core Units
  • PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
  • PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation
  • PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation
  • PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation
  • PSPREG003 Apply regulatory powers
  • PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews
Elective Units
  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes
  • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
  • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation
  • PSPREG004 Promote client compliance
  • PSPREG010 Prepare a brief of evidence
  • PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview

This qualification paves the way for the attainment of pivotal occupational competencies essential for individuals engaged in operational roles within the realm of government investigations. It meticulously addresses the necessity of adhering to the ethical and legislative frameworks that underpin the public service sector, rendering it a perfect fit for individuals aspiring to excel in investigative and regulatory compliance roles.

Embarking on this learning journey with the Certificate IV in Government Investigations positions you at the forefront of a dynamic and evolving industry. As Australia witnesses a structural shift towards service industries, with a notable emphasis on professional, scientific, and technical services, this qualification ensures you are well-equipped with a broad spectrum of specialised knowledge and skills. These competencies are critical for thriving in specific contexts within the investigations and regulatory compliance landscape, enabling you to navigate and excel in an environment where planning, initiating, conducting, and finalising investigations are paramount.

Employment projections indicate a surge across all broad industries and occupational groups through November 2026, indicating the demand for post-school education and high-skill level jobs is on the rise. This qualification is your gateway to tapping into these growing opportunities, especially in sectors projected to experience significant employment growth, such as health care, social assistance, and professional services​.

This generalist qualification not only empowers you to operate independently in a government investigations environment but also provides a specialisation in regulatory compliance. This specialisation is indispensable for those charged with the critical responsibility of ensuring statutory compliance with legislative, regulatory, and organisational policy requirements.

As of the latest publication, no licensing, legislative, or certification prerequisites are mandated for this qualification. However, the landscape of public service and regulatory compliance is ever-evolving, emphasising the importance of staying abreast of industry standards and legislative changes.

This qualification serves as a robust foundation for those interested in contributing to the integrity and efficacy of public service through investigative roles. It offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application and prepares you for a career marked by ethical rigour, analytical precision, and a steadfast commitment to upholding the public interest.

Discover a path that aligns with your career aspirations and positions you to meet the growing demands of Australia’s job market. Embrace this opportunity to make a significant impact on government investigations.

Delivery Pathways
3CIR is an authorised third party of Asset College (RTO #31718). We provide the following methods of study in line with their policies: OPTION 1 – Study Online Our standard online delivery option allows you to complete one unit per month for up to 12 months. During this time, you will have regular contact with a dedicated trainer to assist you with your studies. We recommend dedicating 20-25 hours per week to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience. Our accelerated learning option may suit those with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications. This option allows you to complete two monthly units for up to six months. To succeed in this intensive program, we recommend dedicating 30-40 hours per week to your studies. Upon successful enrolment, you will be granted access to our interactive and user-friendly eLearning platform. Each unit includes reading materials and a series of assessment activities that can be completed at your own pace and convenience. Start the enrolment process now to take the first step towards your educational goals with 3CIR. OPTION 2 – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) If you already have skills and experience relevant to this qualification, you may be eligible for RPL and receive your qualification with little or zero additional study. Contact us or complete an RPL Assessment Form to determine the right option. Watch our video here. OPTION 3 – Study Online at our Facilities You can complete the same course online at our training partner’s facilities using their resources and equipment at no extra cost. 3CIR and/or our training partner will have staff available to provide additional support if required. Note: Subject to availability, bookings are essential. OPTION 4 – Study in Class Although we do not generally offer courses in class, we can schedule a 5 or 10-day face-to-face workshop for groups of 5 or more students. Note that there may be additional work required following the workshop. Please contact us for more information on this option.
Software and Technical Requirements

Welcome to 3CIR, your bridge to quality education. To ensure a seamless learning experience with us, we must understand and meet the technical requirements for our courses. The guidelines below provide the necessary information for setting up your device for optimal learning.

Essentials for Your Learning Journey

  1.     Hardware Specifications:

A contemporary computer system could be a PC, Mac, or tablet.
An inbuilt or external speaker and microphone for auditory activities.

  1.     Internet Connectivity:

An active internet connection is vital to access course materials, tutorials, and online resources. Please take a look at our detailed technical specs to know more about browser compatibility.

  1.     Software Specifications:

 Microsoft Office suite, including Word and PowerPoint. Alternatively, Mac or tablet users can utilize equivalent software.
For those relying on tablet applications, ‘Pages’ or similar apps can be used to create documents. However, please make sure you convert them to PDF format before submission.

Detailed Device Specifications

For Windows Users (PC / Laptop / Tablet):

Operating System: Windows 7 or newer.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office (Version 2010 or higher)
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Apple Mac Users:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 or above.
Browser: The latest version of Chrome or Safari.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office tailored for Mac (Version 2010 or higher).
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Android Device Users:

Operating System: Android’s newest version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.

For iPhone & iPad Users:

Operating System: Latest iOS version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Special Note: If you’re an iPad or iPhone user, you’ll need to use a PC, laptop, or Dropbox account to upload documents for submission.

Thank you for ensuring your system meets our technical requirements. This guarantees a smoother educational experience and ensures that you can make the most of the tools and resources 3CIR has to offer. Happy learning!

Further Studies

After completing this qualification, you can explore further study through the following courses:

Choose the way you pay Whether you’re studying online or obtaining your qualification through RPL, we provide several convenient options:
  • Direct Transfer
  • Credit
  • BPay
  • PayID
  • Paypal
Learn about your payment options or contact us today. Payment Plans Break down the cost of your qualification through our easy payment plan options. PAYRIGHTPays your qualification upfront and creates a manageable plan spread over your nominated timeframe with fortnightly or monthly payment options. AFTERPAY: Pay your fee over 6 weeks. No interest and no fees when you pay on time. This payment method has a maximum limit amount of $2000. Please let us know if you want to pay with AfterPay, and we will send you a personal link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate IV in Government Investigations provides the skills and knowledge required to work as a detective or investigator in the public sector. It covers investigations, interviewing techniques, intelligence gathering, report writing, and more.
This qualification is ideal for those who want to enter or further their career in the field of investigations. It is also beneficial for those currently working in law enforcement or a related field.

There are a number of jobs that you can get with a Certificate IV in Government Investigations. Some of these include private investigator, loss prevention officer, and process server. There are many other options available as well, so it is best to explore your interests and see what jobs are available in your area.

You can obtain this qualification through Online Study or Recognition of Prior Learning. Online study affords a flexible approach to your learning. In your own time, you can log on to our learning platform and complete the modules at your own pace. RPL on the other hand is a process that converts experience into qualifications. It’s cheaper and quicker than traditional study and provided you have the right experience, you could have a qualification in weeks, not months. Start your RPL qualification with our free assessment.

If you’re struggling to keep up with your course workload, reach out and chat to our trainers, our staff want you to succeed and will do what they can to help. For RPL applications, our assessors can guide you through the process and provide support at every step.

Upgrading Students Nationally and Globally

The Certificate IV in Government Investigations opens up a broad spectrum of employment opportunities across various sectors, reflecting the diverse applicability of the skills acquired through this qualification. Graduates find themselves well-prepared for roles that demand meticulous investigation skills, a thorough understanding of compliance and regulatory frameworks, and the ability to manage complex cases with professionalism and integrity.

Most often employed as:

  • Professionals (44.2%): Graduates excel in professional roles where analytical skills, attention to detail, and an understanding of legal and regulatory environments are paramount.
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (34.7%): This qualification prepares individuals for administrative positions that require a strong grasp of governance, compliance, and investigatory procedures.
  • Managers (10.3%): The course equips graduates with leadership skills and enables progression into managerial positions overseeing investigation units or compliance departments.

Top industries employing graduates:

  • Public Administration and Safety (66.6%): Most graduates find employment within public sector agencies, contributing to upholding standards and integrity in public service.
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6.5%): This sector values graduates' analytical and investigative skills for roles in consultancy, advisory, and support services.
  • Arts and Recreation Services (6%): Even in less traditional sectors, the investigative skills gained are valued for roles in compliance, regulation, and oversight.

Recent job listings showcase many opportunities for those with a Certificate IV in Government Investigations, including roles as APS6 Fraud Investigators, Compliance Investigation Officers, and various positions within local, state, and federal government bodies. These roles offer competitive remuneration, with positions such as APS6 Fraud Investigators and Senior Investigations Officers offering hourly rates or salaries reflective of the high level of responsibility and expertise required.

Qualification Outcomes

Investigations Manager 100%
Investigations Officer 90%
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