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California Private Investigator Qualified Managers Wanted!

Apply to be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assist in the Bureau’s Occupational Analysis Telephone Interviews and Workshops

As an expert, you will have the opportunity to contribute to your profession and work with other licensed Private Investigator Qualified Managers from around the state to assist in the completion of an occupational analysis. Your knowledge and experience as a qualified manager is essential for the success of this process.

What is an occupational analysis?
An occupational analysis (or job analysis) defines a profession in terms of the actual tasks that a new licensee must be able to perform safely and competently at the time of licensure. The occupational analysis must be completed prior to the development of a licensing examination and serves to create an examination that is fair, job-related, and legally defensible. An occupational analysis is reviewed routinely every five to seven years to verify that it accurately describes the current practice.

How do I participate?
You may apply to participate in the following phases of the occupational analysis:

  • 1) Telephone Interview (30-60 minutes) – 20 spots available
    During the interview, you will identify the tasks that are performed within major categories of your profession and the knowledge required to perform those tasks.
  • 2) Workshop 1 (two days) – 10 spots available
    You will work with other SMEs to finalize the task and knowledge statements compiled in the telephone interviews and develop a questionnaire for distribution.
  • 3) Workshop 2 (two days) – 10 spots available
    You will work with other SMEs to review the results of the questionnaire. The results are then used to update the description of the private investigator profession and develop the content for the next qualified manager examination.

Where are the workshops located and how long are they?
Workshops take place at the Office of Professional Examination Services, 2420 Del Paso Road, Ste. 265, in Sacramento and are typically two-day workshops conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How do I qualify to participate?
To qualify to serve as a subject matter expert you must:

  • Currently be an active Private Investigator Qualified Manager in good standing with the Bureau;
  • Possess up-to-date skills;
  • Agree not to participate at any time in any licensing examination coaching or preparation courses;
  • Not be affiliated as a teacher with a private investigator program. The Office of Professional Examination Services enforces a stringent security policy, and workshop participants will be required to sign confidentiality forms; and
  • Enter into a contract with the state in order to participate, and receive your reimbursement and per diem (Government Code Section 19130 and Business and Professions Code Section 40).

I'm interested! How do I apply?
If you meet the qualifications and are interested in serving as an SME, please complete and submit the Subject Matter Expert Registration Form with your resume. Incomplete applications and applications submitted without a resume will not be considered. E-mail both documents to andrea.leiva@dca.ca.gov (e-mail is preferred). You may also fax the completed documents to (916) 575-7287, Attention: Andrea Leiva or mail them to Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 270, Sacramento, CA 95834.

How do I schedule my travel to the workshop?
If you are selected, the Bureau will assist with travel arrangements for those who live 50 miles or more from the workshop site. Airfare is prepaid by the Bureau. You will need to pay hotel costs and other travel expenses (meals, mileage, and incidentals) upfront which will then be reimbursed at California government rates. Participants will be paid an honorarium of $100.00 per day which will be included in your reimbursement after the workshop. It takes 3-6 weeks from the date of submission to the Bureau’s accounting office to process a request for reimbursement. This process cannot be expedited.

If you are selected to participate in the telephone interview and/or the workshops, you will be contacted by a Bureau representative via phone or e-mail. For additional information please contact Andrea Leiva at 916-575-7022.

Occupational Analysis Telephone Interviews and Workshop Dates

  • July/August 2014 – Telephone Interview (30-60 Minutes) 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE
    During the interview, you will identify the tasks that are performed within major categories of your profession and the knowledge required to perform those tasks.

    Travel: None
    Contract: None - You will serve in a volunteer capacity
  • August 21-22, 2014 – Workshop 1 (Thur & Fri) 10 SPOTS AVAILABLE
    You will work with other SMEs to finalize the task and knowledge statements compiled in the telephone interviews and develop a questionnaire for distribution.

    Travel: Yes - Sacramento
    Contract: Yes
  • October 29-30, 2014 – Workshop 2 (Wed & Thur) 10 SPOTS AVAILABLE
    You will work with other SMEs to review the results of the questionnaire. The results are then used to update the description of the private investigator profession and develop the content for the next qualified manager examination.

    Travel: Yes - Sacramento
    Contract: Yes