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CALI is now offering an updated and newly designed ONLINE Private Investigator Preparation course to prepare qualified candidates for the State of California PI License Test. The preparation course was designed by a committee of licensed investigators. The course offers a step by step review and sample quizzes to prepare qualified candidates. Also included are lesson plans, study materials and references to other important information for your test.


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

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Once you register for the course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log-on to the Online Course within 3 business days.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Any cancellations must be submitted in writing to and a $50 administrative fee will be withheld.



join CALI as a Qualified Pre-Licensed member* for $99.00 and receive a $100 discount on the PI Exam Prep Course. As a member, you can access the Member Center on the CALI website, attend District Meetings, receive member event announcements & special registration rates.

Qualified Pre-Licensed Membership:
Any individual who 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 private investigation discipline may be eligible for Pre-Licensed membership. Click here for CALI Membership information & benefits.

*CALI Memberships require approval from the Membership committee.



After you complete the PI License Test CALI invites you to attend NLITE!

Newly Licensed Investigator Training and Education (NLITE) 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.