Specializing in Corporate Legal Fraud & Financial Investigations

8.0 CE hour Courses
Course Code: IAI-IEFA          
[8.0 hours]


Investigating Elder Financial Abuse (8.0 hours)
Course Code: IAI-IEFA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what vulnerabilities exists with the elderly when the elderly experience some form of cognitive impairment or decline. This type of situation places the elderly in a position where they can easily be financially exploited. The course offers guidelines in keeping watch over the elderly and keeping them from being a victim of financial abuse.
Cost of Course: $160.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Fraud Risks in Vendor Relationships (8.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FRVR
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what risk management issues need to be addressed when dealing with third party relationships or vendors. You will learn the different types of vendor fraud, red flags of vendor fraud and how to combat these frauds in order to help detect, deter and prevent fraud in the organization.
Cost of Course: $160.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

4.0 CE hour Courses

Compliance with the U.S.A. Patriot Act: The Role of the Investigator (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-USAPA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis
This course will make the investigator aware of the components of the U.S.A Patriot Act, specific compliance with The Act and gain an understanding of the issues arising from The Act. The investigator will gain a knowledge of the compliance requirements of The Act, the consequences to institutions violating The Act as well as the opportunities for the investigator to provide compliance background checks, training and consultation to adhere to the requirements of The Act.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Fraudulent Staged Vehicle Accidents (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FSVA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course teaches the student the signs and methods of detecting fraudulent staged vehicle accidents. You will be equipped with the knowledge and action you must take to avoid being a victim of these fraudulently staged vehicle accidents. You will also come away from this course with the knowledge and skills to properly investigate these types of staged vehicle accidents.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Internal Fraud: Detecting and Deterring Fraud Within an Organization (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-IFD
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course concentrates on the financial red flags that assist in detecting and attempting to deter the fraudulent skimming and billing schemes within an organization. The student will be presented with investigative and consultative tools and policies and procedures that can easily be initialed to help reduce or eliminate these types of fraudulent crimes within an organization.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Introduction to Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Investigations (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-NHI
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will provide the student with the special knowledge and techniques to effectively investigate nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Those individuals already practicing in this area will find the course a very useful step-by-step guide through the investigative process. For those just starting out in the business and desiring to enter this investigative specialization, this course holds the key to a successful career path for the investigator and the investigative agency.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Comment: To compliment this course suggested reading material includes the Family Reference Guide to Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, which is listed under books on this site.

Locating Hidden Assets (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-LHA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the different types of hidden assets. The student will learn several types of intentional and unintentional hidden assets and the methods used by individuals or entities to hide these assets. This course includes sources of financial documents that are available. This course is not about database searches but rather is a comprehensive guide to sources and techniques of locating hidden assets.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes: An Introduction (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-MLSI
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what money laundering is, the components of the money laundering process and ways to investigative the process. You will also learn and understand opportunities for the investigator in potential money laundering cases and activities.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Workman's Compensation Employee Fraud (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-WCEF
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what workman's compensation employee fraud is and some key indicators in identifying when this type of fraud can occur. The course also identifies ways to prevent this type of fraud.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Work Product: What an Investigator Needs to Know (4.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-WP
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
Understanding attorney-client privilege extended through work product is a must for every investigator. This course will make the investigator aware of the work product doctrine and the surrounding issues associated with this type of privilege that exists that relates to the realm of investigations that are dealt with on a daily basis.
Cost of Course: $80.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE 

2.0 CEU hour Courses


Ethics (2.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-ETH
Approved for Texas and South Carolina


Course Synopsis:
This course provides the student with an understanding of what ethics is and guidelines on how to maintain that ethical standard in an investigative practice. Examples of unethical practices are outlined along with the ramifications for violating these ethical standards as well as ways to avoid such situations.
Cost of Course: $40.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Fraud Investigations: An Introduction (2.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FII
Approved for Texas and South Carolina

Course Synopsis:
This course will provide the student with an overview of what fraud is and examples of fraud. The student will be taught the definitions of the culpable mental states of individuals committing fraud that are required to prove or disprove your case.
Cost of Course: $40.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Identity Theft (2.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-IDT
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will make the investigator aware of the identity theft problem by discussing several types of identity theft methods, identity theft safeguards and the use of credit bureau fraud alerts.
Cost of Course: $40.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Private Security Bureau Rules and Regulations for Investigators (2.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-PSB
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course meets the Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau requirement for two (2) continuing education (CE) credits as to the review of Texas Occupational Code 1702 and the Board's Administrative Rules, Texas. Admin. Code 37 T.A.C. for the renewal of a Texas private investigator's license. This course concentrates on the Private Security Bureau board rules that govern private investigators and investigative agencies. This course will make private investigators and Managers of private investigative agencies more aware of board rules and regulations of the Private Security Bureau.
Cost of Course: $40.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

12.0 CE hour Courses


Advanced Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes (12.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-MLSA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with a highly advanced understanding of what money laundering is, what money laundering schemes consist of and the ability to investigate these types of cases. This advanced course explains what are the money laundering schemes and techniques used against banks, financial institutions and other entities. This course provides a framework to obtain cases and provide investigative services and consultation to your clients to avoid being unwittingly involved in money laundering activity.

The following course is recommended to be taken prior to the taking the Advanced Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes course:

Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes: An Introduction
Course Code: IAI-MLSA (4.0 hours)
The following courses compliment the Advanced Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes course and are recommended to be taken prior to the taking the Advanced Money Laundering and Money Laundering Schemes course:

Compliance with the U.S.A. Patriot Act: The Role of the Investigator
Course Code: IAI-USAPA (4.0 hours)

Locating Hidden Assets
Course Code: IAI-LHA (4.0 hours)
Cost of Course: $120.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Credit Card Fraud (12.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-CCF
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis
This course deals with ways to detect, prevent or reduce the likelihood of credit card fraud. Preventive measures are discussed that will lessen the potential for fraud being committed against you or your clients. Additional sources of information are provided in the event that you or your clients have become a victim of credit card fraud. As in all investigations, investigative consultation to your clients is of utmost importance in the array of services that you can provide. Being knowledgeable of the preventive measures can help reduce the risk of credit card fraud.
Note: Students should also consider taking the Identity Theft course that complements this training.
Cost of Course: $240.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Internal Fraud (12.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-IF
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will provide the student with an overview of what constitutes internal fraud, the elements of internal fraud, employee rationalizations for committing fraud, and reasons why businesses fail to detect fraud. Several techniques and methods used to detect fraud are discussed in detail with cases examples.
Cost of Course: $240.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Rules of Evidence: What Every Investigator Needs to Know (12.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-ROE
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will make the student aware of the types of evidence used in legal proceedings so as to gain a better understanding of the issues arising from evidence. Students will gain insight into both civil and criminal cases when dealing with the components and types of evidence in conducting their investigations, preparing for trial, interviewing key witnesses, preparing investigative reports and affidavits and providing consultation in all types of cases.
Cost of Course: $240.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

The Business of Private Investigations (12.0 CE hours)

Course Code; IAI-TBPI
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course will sharpen your investigative business skills and make you more aware of different opportunities in the investigative business as well as approaches to solving your particular investigative needs. The course is designed to assist investigators either starting their business practice or continuing to improve your current practice.
Cost of Course: $240.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

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Distance Learning Courses


The courses for the State of Texas meet the continuing education (CE) requirements through the private investigator licensing agency, the Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau, Austin, Texas.

The courses for the State of South Carolina meet the continuing education (CE) requirements through the private investigator licensing agency, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, South Carolina.

Whether you are a licensed private investigator or are interested in learning more about the investigative business, or you are a professional that will benefit from these courses, I invite you to download the course order form and increase your knowledge in this industry.

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Distance Learning Training Courses

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We are dedicated to providing quality courses in the investigative arena that will assist both the entry level investigator as well as the seasoned pro. As you see, these courses are provided by qualified instructors and each course is approved for Continuing Education (CE) credits for private investigators in Texas as well as many other states. More states are pending course approval.

Certainly live seminars are beneficial when questions can be asked and feedback occurs between the students and the instructor. But when time is of the essence or if time or a busy schedule doesn't permit attending seminars, then Distance Learning is there.

Some of the other benefits of a good Distance Learning program include: 

  • Choose the courses that meet your needs rather than having to accept what is offered at a seminar.

  • Reduce your costs for travel time, hotel expenses, mileage expense and meal expenses traveling to and from seminars.

  • Read the course material and study at your leisure without losing valuable billing hours.

  • Receive quality education while testing your knowledge and proficiency through the testing process.

  • Receive a state approved Continuing Education (CE) certificate upon successful completion of the course.


Each student can sign up through the attached course order form, which is in pdf format, downloadable and printed off the web site. The student can fill out the order form for the desired courses and send a check or money order for the courses payable to "Investigative Associates, Inc." Once the course order form and check are received and processed, the student will receive the course material along with a take home exam via email in pdf format. The student will complete the test and return the test for grading. A passing grade is a test score of 70% or higher. The student will have sixty (60) days from receipt of the course to complete the test. Once the test is completed and the student passes each specific course a CE certificate for that course will be sent to the student. If additional time is needed please contact me for an extension. Again, we thank you for trusting us with your continuing education. We look forward to assisting you in your continued educational pursuits. 


14.0 CE hour Courses


Financial Statement Analysis Methods in Investigations (14.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FSA
Approved for Texas and South Carolina

Course Synopsis:
As a result of taking this course you will have a better understanding for what makes up the financial statements of an individual or company. You will now be able to examine the components of the Balance Sheet and conduct ratio analysis. As a result of this course you will be armed with the knowledge that will enable you to be better prepared to prove financial motive in an investigation, ask better interview questions when interviewing key witnesses, conduct better interrogations of suspects in cases while improving the overall investigative results. The student will be in a better position to make informed decisions and uncover the hidden truth to avoid fraud in the bottom line.

Cost of Course: $280.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

NOTE: Additional investigative courses will be added periodically. In addition, authorization is being expanded to meet other state investigative continuing education requirements.

6.0 CE hour Courses


Checking Courthouse Records: Public Records Research (6.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-CCR
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
Public records research and courthouse research is just that. It is researching public records, reviewing documents and obtaining information from those case files or documents that are located in the actual county or federal courthouse . While database research is good and quite a necessary investigative tool, public records research goes well beyond the information obtained in computer databases in gathering vital information for your case. This course will provide the student with an overview of what type of documents and information are available in the courthouse. In addition to the course material attachments include, Courthouse Research Terminology Tips, Background Investigation Logs, Background Investigation Checklist, Courthouse Case Review Data Sheet and Property Records Data Sheet that will assist in streamlining the public records searches.
Cost of Course: $120.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Fraudulent Expense Reimbursement (6.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FER
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what fraudulent expense reimbursement consists of and the different types of fraud schemes by employees committing these types of fraud. The course also details methods to prevent fraudulent expense reimbursement from occurring either in your company or for the clients that you are providing consultation in these areas.
Cost of Course: $120.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Fraudulent Lapping Schemes (6.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FLS
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
You will learn that lapping, which is one of the most common fraud schemes, is the recording of a payment on a customer's account sometime after the payment has been received. Lapping is the method of an accounting practice that hides cash by overlapping successive customer accounts receivables. A lapping scheme is a fraudulent accounting practice that hides stolen cash by overlapping successive accounts receivables. You will learn fraud awareness indicators to help combat fraudulent lapping schemes.
Cost of Course: $120.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Understanding Occupational Fraud (6.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-UOF
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of what occupational fraud is, what components are in the Fraud Triangle that relate to occupational fraud and examples of the different types of occupational fraud.
Cost of Course: $120.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE 

3.0 CE hour Courses


Fraud Detection and Prevention Techniques (3.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-FDPT
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of the cost of occupational fraud, both financially and to an organization’s reputation. You will learn that nearly half of victim organizations are unable to recover their losses making proactive measures to detect and prevent fraud critical. Coordination with management should continually assess the organization’s specific fraud risks and evaluate its fraud prevention programs in light of those risks.
Cost of Course: $60.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Investigative Report Writing (3.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-IRW
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course is designed as a reference guide for report writing for all levels of investigators. The report writing techniques in this course are intended to guide investigators, whether you are just starting out in the business or you are a well-seasoned investigator. By utilizing the techniques mentioned in this course, your interviewing skills will be increased, both in the quantity and quality of the information obtained. These report writing techniques coupled with proper interviewing skills will form you into a highly sought after investigative report writer.
Cost of Course: $60.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE

Understanding the Different Types of Background Checks (3.0 CE hours)
Course Code: IAI-UDTBC
Approved for Texas and South Carolina
Course Synopsis:
This course provides you with the understanding of the different types of background checks that are requested by clients in the investigative industry. Knowing the different reasons for each of the different types of background checks enables the investigator to adapt to each type, not only understanding the process of checking specific records applicable to each type of background check, but also equipping the investigator with different approaches in marketing these services.
Cost of Course: $60.00
Instructor: Douglas O. Crewse, CFE