These questions and answers come from the ASIS Professional Investigators Manual. The Professional Certified Investigator test content comes from the Professional Investigator's Manual, published by ASIS, International, the POA, and the ASIS Preemployment Background Screening Standard. The PCI exam consists of 140 (plus 15 assessment Qs) questions covering three domains: Case Management, Investigative Techniques and Procedures, and Case Presentation. 

These questions cover all three domains. They are identified with the following two letter prefixes:
CM: Case Management (29%), IN: Investigative Techniques (50%), and CP: Case Presentation (21%). 

This is just a sample of the types of Q&As available for your ASIS Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) Test. Contact Paladin "Pj" Jordan, CPP, regarding additional prep study materials. Email: [email protected] Remember, Every Question and Answer Matters! 


5 Sample Questions

CM The primary purpose of any investigation generally falls within any of the following categories, except (P9):

  • A. thoroughly documenting incidents
  • B. identifying the cause of undesirable situations
  • C. Offering an opinion about the suspect's guilt
  • D. ID suspects involved in a crime or act of misconduct

CM The primary purpose of any investigation generally falls within all of the following categories, except (P9):

  • A. Testify as an expert witness
  • B. compiling info that proves or disproves an allegation or exonerates an individual suspected of misconduct
  • C. allowing a decision to be made with respect to a level of trust or suitability (due diligence)
  • D. documenting and correlating facts of a situation or allegation

CM At the case level, the purpose of the investigation is all of the following, except (P9): 

  • A. maintaining the proper context within which the investigation will be conducted
  • B. keep the investigators working on the particular case objectives
  • C. documenting the results of the investigation
  • D. identifying resources for use in completing the investigation

CM In investigations, all of the following are more important than this one (P14): 

  • A. open the investigation ASAP
  • B. complete the investigation ASAP
  • C. submit the investigation summary to decision makers
  • D. avoid closing the investigation prematurely

 CM With regard to investigative objectives, the overall goal is to allow the _________ to speak for themselves in a concise, accurate and professional manner (P10).

  • A. statements
  • B. hearsay evidence
  • C. facts
  • D. crime scene pictures

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