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RIVICA Investigations & Covert Solutions are pleased to offer a dedicated Surveillance Training Course. This course has been developed, and will presented by Richard James, who is the Director of RIVICA Investigations & Covert Solutions Pty Ltd and has over 26 years surveillance experience. This course has been designed to provide contemporary essential skills and methodologies that are required to work effectively in the surveillance arena, and as such; is the perfect supplement to the  Certificate III Investigative Services course. The course will be run over six days, Monday to Saturday, one of which will extend into one evening, and will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of ‘trade craft’, the art of conducting surveillance, both on foot, in a vehicle and as part of a team. The training consists of an initial classroom based theory lesson, where students will learn about surveillance trade craft. Some of the topics covered are communication, team work, cover and concealment, exposure, stop & plot, the ‘safety net’ principle, transition from vehicle to foot, foot surveillance, mobile tactics, public transport, close control of subject and use of covert cameras. A selection of covert cameras will be available to use and try out during the course and will be offered for purchase by RIVICA Investigations & Covert Solutions at a discounted course price. Students will put into practice the theory learned in a number of practical training exercises in and around Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs, and be provided feedback and instruction on their performance in order to be ready for the scenario based exercises. Before the students are engaged in the scenario operations, they will be provided with training on ‘best practice’, with regards to contemporaneous note taking, the processing of product obtained, evidence handling and continuity of evidence.

After this, students will then be ready to take part in a  scenario based surveillance exercise, which will allow them to demonstrate the skills learned during the theory and practical sessions. Students will be required to not only carry out a successful surveillance operation, but to also complete and compile all the evidence obtained to a standard that is required by the Courts. Students will be required to use their own vehicles, providing they are roadworthy and insured, and cover the costs of fuel any tolls. Hire vehicles can be provided at extra cost for those who don’t have a vehicle and wish to drive on the course. There is a minimum requirement of five students with four vehicles/drivers, for the course to run, and there is maximum of nine places on the course. This is to ensure that the quality of the instruction and training is maintained and that students get the most out of the exercises. This course is only offered to students who are either a holder of a current Private Investigators license, a Certificate III Investigative Services qualification, or whom are currently enrolled on a Certificate III Investigative Services course. It is a requirement for the course that students have a smart phone with data, and it is expected that students own and bring their own lap top and cameras. Covert cameras can be provided for use.


“I was really impressed with how much content Richard covered on the course. As always Richard went over and above to share his extensive knowledge with us. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enter the industry and also anyone who wants to develop their skills further.”
“I highly recommend this course, the instructor with his wealth of knowledge made the time enjoyable while still pushing the team to learn.”
“I can’t speak highly enough of our trainer Richard James. I would encourage and highly recommend this course to anybody who has a passion for this industry or for anybody who just needs a refresher.” “What I love about this course is the fact that once you’ve completed it, it doesn’t just end there. Richards commitment to his students is on going and should you require further advice or guidance, you can always rely upon him to be there.” “Thank you Richard, you are an inspiration, not only to me, but to many others I am sure.”
“Fantastic work Richard, a big tick across the board. I’m sure you feel as proud as me to the level and standards we lifted our training programs that will only better the industry. Another job well done.”
David F Rossborough
“One of the best decisions I have made was to attend RIVICA’s surveillance course. I wanted to make a point of complimenting and thanking Richard for the experience and knowledge he shared with the group.” “I highly recommend the course to all surveillance operatives as it is leaps and bounds ahead of what the mainstream is doing. Thanks Rich.”
“The tradecraft imparted exceeded my expectations, challenging my personal skills and developing the fundamentals to effective teamwork.” “The benchmark you set was high and you did everything to help us all achieve the professional standards needed.” “I have come away confident to be able to meet the challenges of real-world surveillance. For this I thank you!”
“Your ability to impart your experience through tremendous coaching at an individual, group, then team level was exceptional.”
Anthea (Sydney, New South Wales)
“Just completed and thoroughly enjoyed the Surveillance Course with RIVICA Investigations & Covert Solutions. Richard is a great instructor; through his leadership, knowledge, dedication and passion as an investigator and surveillance professional, he delivered an outstanding course, exceeding my expectations. Richard covered subjects such as communications, teamwork, vehicle setup, covert cameras, collecting, processing, documenting and storing of evidence and contemporaneous notes and task debriefs. The evidence management techniques were exceptional. The course also provided the opportunity to see and use a range of covert surveillance technology. We were able to apply surveillance knowledge in realistic scenario based exercises in and around Melbourne. At times during the course I thought I was on a live job. It was worth the time and money to travel from interstate to attend training delivered by Richard and is something I would do again. I highly recommend this course for investigators & surveillance operators to enhance your tradecraft or as a refresher. ”
Mark - Woods Investigations & Security Outcomes (South Australia)
By the end of the course I was able to sit down a dead end street the subject lived in and give Comms on his movements from the street, to relocate a subject after the eyeball lost him, have lunch two tables away from the subject getting video footage of the subject and the unknown person and be told at the end of that day that he didn’t see me at all the whole time!! I learnt how much more I can get away with at night!! I worked with a great team and Richard was a wealth of knowledge. If you are new to the industry or been in it for a while this is a course that I would stand by and say do it!! Get your name down next time it is running and get those skills you can’t learn from just completing the Cert III. Thanks!!