Private Investigator Organizations

National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS)

The National Association Of Investigative Specialists is an American trade association of private investigative professionals that focuses in on marketing investigative services, developing new investigative techniques, providing training programs for those in practice or those wishing to enter the profession, developing positive media coverage of the investigative profession, acting as a center for case referrals and positive publicity referrals to members, and providing the overall membership with group buying power.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

The ACFE is the world’s premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. A leader in the global anti-fraud community, the ACFE has over 33,000 members, sponsors more than 100 chapters worldwide and provides anti-fraud educational materials to over 100 universities. Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud. Together with our members the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

Criminologist and former FBI agent Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, is Chairman and founder of the ACFE, as well as an advisory member of the Board of Regents. A specialist in the prevention and detection of financial statement fraud, Toby J.F. Bishop, CFE, CPA, FCA is the ACFE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The ACFE serves its members with a staff of approximately 50 dedicated professionals.

Identified as “the premier financial sleuthing organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the ACFE has been cited for its efforts against fraud by media such as U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Fortune, ABC-TV’s Nightline and 20/20, and CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

American Society for Industrial Security

ASIS International, with more than 33,000 members, is the preeminent international organization for professionals responsible for security, including managers and directors of security. In addition, corporate executives and other management personnel, as well as consultants, architects, attorneys, and federal, state, and local law enforcement, are becoming involved with ASIS to better understand the constant changes in security issues and solutions.

ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security practices by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security concerns, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the only monthly magazine focused strictly on the issues and concerns of security, Security Management, ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

Association of Consumer Reporting Agencies

The National Credit Reporting Association is a national trade organization of consumer reporting agencies and associated professionals that provide products and services to hundreds of thousands of credit grantors, employers, landlords and all types of general businesses.

Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale, Illinois, NCRA serves members in the United States and Puerto Rico. NCRA’s membership includes mortgage credit reporting agencies, employment screening services, tenant screening companies, consultants and a variety of affiliate vendors.

Members must agree to comply with all federal and state applicable laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This law defines the appropriate procedures for obtaining consumer credit information and defines the responsibilities of the users and furnishers of consumer information. Members must also adhere to the guidelines established in the NCRA Code of Ethics. These guidelines enable our industry to operate only under the highest standards of integrity.

Association of Forensics Document Examiners

The Association of Forensic Document Examiners [USA] was formed in 1986 as a professional organization for forensic document examiners. Membership has since expanded to include students of document examination and professionals in allied fields. Our original goals were to provide quality continuing education, promote research within the field, establish a board certification program, and publish a journal devoted exclusively to document examination. We accomplished these goals and we continue to make an impact within the profession.

AFDE membership is comprised of document examiners in private practice and law enforcement, as well as students and persons in allied professions. Our admittance testing of document examiners limits membership to those persons willing to subject themselves to peer review. We believe this maintains quality of membership. Our allied professionals are an invaluable resource of information for our members and we provide them with another avenue to apply their skills.

Certified Investigative Professionals, Inc. (CIPI)

Certified Investigative Professionals Inc. (CIPI), is a membership organization consisting of investigative professionals and affiliates, whose mission is to promote a standard of excellence among individual investigators, enhance public confidence in the profession, and represent the industry in business, education, and political forums. To accomplish its mission, CIPI meets its goals by:

  • Providing a Certification Program, Certified Investigative Professional (CIP), and acknowledging past professional experience and a commitment to continuing education.
  • Promoting the sharing of information by sponsoring continuing education seminars, publishing the CIPI Journal and CIPI Plus, and by maintaining the CIPI website.
  • Offering information to the media on behalf of the industry, and encouraging members to be responsible and active within the community.
  • Participating aggressively in the legislative process by encouraging members to communicate with lawmakers and also by offering new legislation.
  • Maintaining an open line of communication with the agency responsible for overseeing the industry on behalf of the client.
  • Mandating a Code of Ethics, embracing the principles of professional conduct with legal and ethical standards of practice.

International High Technology Crime Investigation Association

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership.

Institute of Internal Auditors

In 1941, the NY Chapter founded the Institute of Internal Auditors. Since then, the IIA has grown to serve over 105,000 members in internal auditing, governance and internal control, IT audit, education, and security from more than 160 countries/territories. The world’s leader in certification, education, research, and technological guidance for the profession, The Institute serves as the profession’s watchdog and resource on significant auditing issues around the globe.

Presenting important conferences and seminars for professional development, producing leading-edge educational products, certifying qualified auditing professionals, providing quality assurance reviews and benchmarking, and conducting valuable research projects through The IIA Research Foundation are just a few of The Institute’s many activities.

International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition

National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts is a global, professional association that supports the business valuation, litigation consulting, and fraud deterrence disciplines within the CPA and professional business advisory communities. Along with its training and certification programs, NACVA offers research support, marketing tools, software, journals, reference materials, and proprietary databases to enhance the professional capabilities and capacities of its members.

National Association of Legal Investigators

The National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) was formed in 1967 with its primary focus to conduct investigations related to litigation. Membership in NALI is open to all professional legal investigators who are actively engaged in negligence investigations for the plaintiff and/or criminal defense, and who are employed by investigative firms, law firms or public defender agencies. An applicant must have a minimum of 24 months of documented full-time employment in this endeavor.

Membership in NALI currently exceeds 650 professional legal investigators located throughout the United States and in several other countries. The common bond of these legal investigators is the arena of litigation and the ability to work with attorneys to prepare a case for trial.

If you are an investigator involved in litigation oriented matters you should seriously consider membership in the National Association of Legal Investigators. Our association is recognized internationally as the standard bearer in the realm of litigation investigation.

National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists

The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists is a non-profit organization whose members have joined together to share the challenge of dealing with the complex problems of accident reconstruction and to upgrade and ultimately professionalize the accident reconstruction field.

NAPARS is open to all persons who are interested in the fields of traffic accident reconstruction and highway transportation safety. Present membership exceeds 1,100 and includes police officers, engineers, consultants and government safety personnel.

National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) exists to promote ethical business practices, promote compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and foster awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry.

The Association provides relevant programs and training aimed at empowering members to better serve clients and to maintain standards of excellence in the background screening industry.

The Association is active in public affairs and provides a unified voice on behalf of members to local, state and national lawmakers about issues impacting the background screening industry.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc., is a cooperative effort of those companies and associations responsible for providing private security and investigation services to the legal profession, business community, government and the public. Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.

United States Process Servers Association

The focus of the United State Process Servers Association is to help persons in need of a Process Server to find one in any part of the United States. If you need a Process Server please go to our directory to conduct a search. If one is not listed for the city you are searching please contact our office and we will find a close one for you.

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