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CALI offers an Online Private Investigator Examination Preparation course to help qualified candidates take the California BSIS Private Investigator Exam. The preparation course provides a step-by-step review, sample quizzes, lesson plans, a list of study materials, and other important information to prepare qualified candidates for the exam. The current version of the course includes the combined work of more than a dozen longtime "CALIFORNIA" Licensed Private Investigators. After researching and reviewing the materials from others who claim to provide materials needed to pass the California BSIS Private Investigator Exam, we at CALI can honestly say the CALI PI Exam Prep Course is the best option when preparing for the state exam.

After you’ve become a licensed private investigator, become an Active member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators and attend the Newly Licensed Investigator Training and Education (NLITE).

The Newly Licensed Investigator Training and Education provides an overview of the profession, the must haves when starting and operating a business, the laws that new PI's must be familiar with, ethical issues and professional responsibilities. Each attendee will leave with the practical knowledge and tools needed to be a successful Private Investigator and business owner. 

Read more about NLITE special rate & attendee benefits here.


  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course was created by Licensed "CALIFORNIA" Private investigators. 
  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course does not focus on PI principles that apply in other states; it focuses on being a PI in California.
  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course provides the user with a complete list of materials to study before attempting the state test.
  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course has nearly 300 questions.
  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course provides the user with the correct answer if they answer incorrectly and explains why it is correct.
  • The CALI PI Exam Prep Course provides users access to every section, question, and answer for one year. This allows the user to constantly review the most up-to-date materials at a time of their choosing.
  • It's not a preparation test; it's a preparation course.
MOST IMPORTANTLY... According to those who recently passed the California BSIS Private Investigators Exam, our course is up to date and was the one thing that helped them the most when preparing for the state exam.

So yes, you can purchase a single guide written by one private investigator and an online course from an organization not based in California that does not provide questions based on California laws, rules, and principles. You can even purchase a study guide consisting of several thousand pages of materials that will be shipped to your home. We at CALI might seem biased, but the CALI PI Exam Prep Course is by far your best option when looking for study materials or a course designed to help you in the journey to becoming a licensed private Investigator in California.


Non-Member: $399
CALI Pre-Licensed Member: $299

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ACCESS TO THE ONLINE COURSE:  After you register and pay for the course through the CALI Website, you will receive an email with instructions on logging on to the Online Course within one (1) to three (3) business days.

CANCELATION & REFUND POLICY:  To cancel your purchase and request a refund, you must submit your request in writing to within six (6) business days from the date of purchase to receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. CALI will not issue refunds for requests received after six (6) business days from the purchase date.



Save $100 off the PI Prep Course by joining CALI as a Pre-Licensed member* for $99.00 before purchasing the course. Click here to review our exclusive member benefits and savings.

Pre-Licensed Membership Application Qualifications:

Any individual who does not qualify for Active, Associate or Affiliate membership and:

1. Is currently enrolled, in a private or state university, community college or private accredited vocational institute and undertaking a course in criminal justice and/or a similar investigation discipline, Criminology, Juris Doctorate or a Forensic Discipline, or;

2. Has completed a course of study and received a certificate or diploma from any of the above categories and does not yet qualify to take the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Licensed Investigator examination; or;

3. has met all of the minimum requirements for licensure, has received approval of their application for licensure by BSIS, and is eligible to take the BSIS private investigation examination is eligible for Pre- Licensed membership.

Pre-Licensed members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, to include District Governor. Pre-Licensed members shall not have access to the association listserv but they will have access to the CALI Members-Only section of the CALI Website.

Application Requirement: Submit proof of current enrollment in a criminal justice and/or private investigation course at a private or state university, community college or private accredited vocational institute, verification from BSIS of eligibility to take the California PI Exam, or an exam score report.

Membership applications require approval from the Membership Committee before activation.