Certificate IV in Government Investigations


The Certificate IV in Government Investigation (PSP40416) provides inspectors, investigators and other authorised officers with the skills and knowledge to undertake regulatory and administrative inspections and investigations.

The course program covers understanding and application of regulatory powers, planning and conducting investigations, gathering and managing evidence, interviewing skills and reporting on investigation outcomes.

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Name Classroom Start Date Classroom End Date Course Cost $2,600
Virtual Classroom 04/2024 - 20th to 30th May 2024 (CLASS FULL) 20/05/2024 30/05/2024
Virtual Classroom 06/2024 - 8th to 18th July 2024 (CLASS FULL, please contact 1300 795 945) 08/07/2024 18/07/2024
Virtual Classroom 07/2024 - Week1- 29th July-2nd August Week2- 6th August - 9th August (CLASS FULL, please contact 1300 795 945) 29/07/2024 09/08/2024
Virtual Classroom 08/2024 - 19th August - 29th August 2024 19/08/2024 29/08/2024
Virtual Classroom 09/2024 (NEW DATES) - Week1- 21st to 24th October Week 2 4th to 8th November 2024 21/10/2024 08/11/2024
Virtual Classroom 10/2024 - 2nd to 12th December 2024 02/12/2024 12/12/2024

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Course Cost $2,100
2024 Certificate IV in Government Investigations Distance Learning Program Continuous Enrollment 12 Months from enrollment date

Name Classroom Start Date Classroom End Date Course Cost $3,200
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST- Darwin CBD Intensive 10-day classroom 30th September - 11th October 2024 30/09/2024 10/10/2024


Qualification Description

This qualification allows for the attainment of occupational specific competencies for those working in operational roles undertaking government investigation related functions, with a particular focus on meeting the ethical and legislative requirements of the public service. It is suitable for individuals who need to apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in specific contexts within the investigations and regulatory compliance environment.

The generalist qualification covers the broad range of skills required to operate without supervision in a government investigations environment where an individual is required to plan, initiate, conduct and finalise an investigation. The regulatory compliance specialisation covers the skills required by those responsible for ensuring statutory compliance with the requirements of legislation, regulations and organisational policy.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

To be awarded the qualification students must be graded competent in all assessments for 15 units of competency within a 12 month enrolment period. Enrolment periods beyond the designated 12 month period will incur additional fees. 

Learning Pathways

10-day face to face (F2F) training

(Typically two continuous weeks Monday to Friday) delivering theory for 13 units of competency 2 units of competency completed entirely online.

Standard group / class size = 15 students

 9-10 days Virtual Classroom Training (depending on class sizes)

(Typically two continuous weeks Monday to Friday) delivering theory for 13 units of competency 2 units of competency completed entirely online.

Standard group / class size = 10 students

Full Distance Learning

Students complete the competencies at their own pace with online support available.

F2F and VC learning pathways are also available for organisation specific “in-house” programs which can include contextualisation of course materials and assessments. Terms, conditions and fees apply.  

Units of competency

The following is an indicative list of units delivered in public courses.
Units numbered 1 to 13 form the curriculum in the F2F and VC timetable and units 14 and 15 are completed entirely online.

1. CORE PSPREG003 Apply regulatory powers

2. ELECT PSPREG005 Assess Compliance

3. ELECT PSPREG013 Undertake Inspections and Monitoring

4. CORE PSPINV001 Plan and Initiate an Investigation

5. CORE PSPINV002 Conduct an Investigation

6. ELECT PSPREG009 Conduct Search and Seizure

7. ELECT PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes

8. CORE PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews

9. ELECT PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview

10. ELECT PSPREG008 Act on non-compliance

11. ELECT PSPREG010 Prepare a Brief of Evidence

12. CORE PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation

13. ELECT PSPREG011 Give evidence

14. CORE PSPETH002 Uphold & Support the values & principles of the public service

15. ELECT BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety

Qualification: Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP40416


You can complete Cert IV in 9 – 10 days. You can either do it with face to face in-person courses. Or, you can choose the “virtual classrooms”, where you attend the class from home. 

Typically, classes run Monday – Friday over  2 consecutive weeks. But we do have other flexible options – please book a call to discuss further.

Students can also learn at their own pace, with our distance learning option.  In this case, each course unit takes about 4-5 hours to complete and there are 15 units in the course. You can study at a time convenient to you.

Yes! Please fill out the form and we’ll call you to discuss your options.

Yes! Please fill out the form and we’ll call you to discuss your options.

The course involves 15 units and a total of 34 assessments. 

If you undertake our face-to-face in person course or virtual classroom, we allocate time in the course to complete the assessments, so there is no “homework”.

Student support is only a phone call or email away.

The course fee depends on the learning pathway you select. Please fill out the form and we’ll call you to discuss your options.

Yes we do offer payment plans!  Please fill out the form and we’ll call you to organise this.

The Certificate IV in Government Investigations is aimed at an operational level. This qualification is the recommended course for operational investigators. The Diploma covers managerial aspects over operational skills. The Certificate IV in Government Investigations is not a prerequisite for the Diploma. Students wanting to enrol in the Diploma who have not completed the Certificate IV in Government Investigations qualification ideally will have advanced knowledge of operational investigative practices.

Yes you can RPL one or all units of competency in a qualification on our scope. You may RPL up to three units of competency whilst being enrolled in a course, without incurring any additional fees. Application of a full RPL of the Certificate IV in Government Investigations qualification costs $2,325.

After we have received your request for RPL, ICETS will email a pack which is made up of two separate documents. The first document details the competency requirements for every unit in the course package. The second document is the RPL application form. The application form is to be completed by the applicant addressing the requirements detailed in the form including evidence of competency for the unit/s you are applying for. The application form along with all indexed evidence is emailed back to ICETS for evaluation. Payment for an RPL application does not guarantee the application will be successful.

Applicants will have up to three attempts to prove competency.

From the commencement of the course, you have 12 months to complete the Certificate IV in Government Investigations. Enrolment extensions cost $250 for three months.

No, unless you have completed and passed all units of competency, you will not receive your qualification. Students will be provided time in the program timetable for assessment work.

According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) the combined nominal hours for the units of competency in ICETS Certificate IV in Government Investigations qualification is 680 hours. However, the nominal hours required to complete the qualification will vary from student to student.

For Individuals: We do not offer discounts on course fees, however, payment plans are available.

For specific organisation training programs: Discounts are offered for programs with 10 or more enrolments in a single transaction.

No, unfortunately we don’t have any government funding available as ICETS is a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Yes, we offer personalised payment plans which require an initial deposit and then an agreed amount every month until the course fee is paid in full. The standard monthly fee is $500 with a variety of initial deposit amounts on offer. Note, ICETS will not issue a qualification if course fees are outstanding.

We have several payment options available to choose from once you have enrolled. Options available are electronic funds transfer, debit or credit card or payment plan. ICETS uses the secure EZYPAY payment portal. Full distance learning students who have not elected to pay their course fee via a payment plan must pay the full course fee before access to courseware will be provided.

Course Recognition

Investigation Compliance & Enforcement Training Systems (ICETS) training solutions are created in partnership with our clients and consist of both nationally accredited and non-accredited courses.

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