The Importance of Belonging to a Professional Investigator Association
By Justin D. Hodson Licensed Private Investigator
Depending on who
you ask, the term "professional association" might be defined in
several ways. To some, it is just another line they add to their
resume. Some may feel it is simply a marketing tool. Others may feel it's
just a way to meet individuals in the same industry. To a true
professional investigator, an association is much more than one
simple thing. A professional investigators association can be a
driving force that changes an industry and promotes their
membership. For any investigator, a professional association should
be as important to their business as their clients, office,
employees, and etc. A well established professional association
offers networking opportunities, legislation support, competitive
intelligence, marketing, benefits, business applications, and, most
To get the most out
of an association the member must participate. Participation is key
to harness the full value of an investigators
association. Participation can start small. For example, a member can participate in
local meetings, donate time or money, write an article for the
association journal, run for a position in the association, etc. Some members of
associations feel simply belonging is enough. This mentality is a
disservice to the association and the member.
A well-established investigators
association offers many networking opportunities. These
opportunities can provide an investigator with new contacts and new
business ventures. Investigators can network with others who may
specialize in a service that the member does not know about. That
member can in turn learn more about that service and partner with
the investigator. Also, some members of the association might be
inactive in investigations. These inactive members often refer cases
to active members. Finally, networking can lead to work. Many
members need subcontractors and employees for their businesses. Many
larger investigation agencies are members of associations and often
hire other members as employees or subcontractors. In addition to
the exchange of work, investigators can also exchange intelligence.
The exchange of intelligence between investigators is invaluable.
The intelligence can be anywhere from types of equipment one might
use to certain marketing ventures. Networking in an association is
an invaluable benefit to any member.
Often, many associations
participate in the legislation process in their state and on the
federal level. Some associations, like the California Association of
Licensed Investigators, have their own committees that focus only on
legislation. Many times, these associations will create and support
bills that support the ideals of their membership.
of the most important benefits of an association is the direct and
overall education it provides. Most associations, like the
California Association of Licensed Investigators, pride themselves on
superior seminars and conferences that provide their members with a top-of-the-line
education. These associations provide education on laws,
legal procedure, investigation techniques, business applications and much
more. To further one's career as an investigator, continued education is
a key element. Continued education keeps investigators
competitive, aware, and up-to-date on new laws.
participation in an association is key to a successful career as an
investigator. The aforementioned are only a few valuable points of
joining an association. There are many other valuable factors of an
association. When looking into an association, make sure they are
established, have a good structure, have history, and other members.
It is important to pick the right association for you.