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The Association of British Investigators (ABI) is the longest established organisation representing professional Private Investigators in the UK with its foundations laid way back in 1913.

Members are admitted only after stringent vetting. Members must conduct their business in a professional manner and by complying with a strict code of ethics with disciplinary procedures in place to monitor any transgressions.

Entrust your investigation to an ABI Member. It’s YOUR guarantee of a thorough, competent and totally discreet investigation.  Above all, it’s your guarantee of peace of mind.  There is a modern and professional investigator in just about any part of the world you care to imagine.



The ACFE established and administers the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Globally preferred by employers, the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. Members with the CFE credential gain a professional advantage and quickly position themselves as leaders in the global anti-fraud community.

  • There are currently more than 20,000 CFEs worldwide. As experts in the four major areas of fraud, CFEs are trained to identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate evidence of fraud and fraud risk.
  • To become a CFE, one must pass a rigorous examination administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), meet specific education and professional requirements, exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards and agree to abide by the CFE Code of Professional Ethics.
  • A Certified Fraud Examiner also must maintain annual CPE requirements and remain an ACFE member in good standing.
  • The FBI officially recognizes the CFE credential as a critical skill set for its diversified hiring program.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense officially recognizes the CFE credential as career advancement criteria in its Department of Defense policy.
  • Forensic Audits and Special Investigations Unit (FSI) for the Government Accountability Office announced that all professionals in the FSI unit must obtain their CFE credential.
  • In a recent study by Robert Half International, a leading specialist in financial staffing, the CFE is listed as one of the most marketable credentials today. “Bringing staff with the CFE on board enables employers to develop a more skilled workforce. Professionals who earn and maintain this accreditation establish themselves as leaders in their field and gain insight into industry trends and best practices in the process,” said DeLynn Senna, executive director of Finance & Accounting at Robert Half International.
  • Douglas Carmicheal, CFE, Chief Auditor and Director of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, is a world-renowned advocate for financial integrity.

Cynthia Cooper, the CFE who discovered the WorldCom fraud, has shared her inspiring story with professionals worldwide.


In October of 1955, a group of well-known and highly respected private investigators gathered informally in Chicago, Illinois.  The purpose of this meeting was to consider the formation of a close knit organization that they could trust to handle investigatory matters in their respective local areas. Emphasis was put on "Quality" not "Quantity".

As the existence of this professional group became known due to its lofty standards of integrity, ethics, and mutual trust, many other investigators sought to be accepted into "The Council".  The original group expanded the membership and areas of world coverage through careful selective screening of applicants.

Today, membership in "The Council" adds dignity and prestige to each individual member selected for certified membership status.  Since the membership consists of persons of the same basic high qualities, a warm friendship and mutual trust exists which enhances the social and business relationship of the Council.  The adoption of and strict adherence to the Council Code of Ethics has met with universal approval by public law enforcement agencies, legislatures, and public officials.  It also assures Council clients of the highest professional efforts in the pursuit of their interest.

Although comparatively young in years, the Council of International Investigators has achieved the position in our profession and before the public, as the spokesman for ethical investigators throughout the world.  The Council is already rich in tradition and reputation for excellence in our service area.


International Intelligence Network is a world-wide network of investigators and security consultants. Their selective membership is restricted to individuals with extensive experience in law enforcement, investigations, intelligence, or private security. They offer an assortment of diversified services, and operational scopes are virtually unlimited throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Their members represent some of the finest investigators available in the world, and many are retired or former government agents from the highest echelons of both military and civilian elements.  Regardless of client needs - regional, national or international - INTELLENET members provide unique services to corporations, law firms, families, individuals and foreign allies.  A complete list of members in our professional security alliance is available through INTELLENET's Searchable Membership List.

The Membership List can also be used to search for specific topics - personal names, countries, states, cities or metropolitan areas, specialised skills or languages.

World Association of Detectives

The World Association of Detectives, Inc. is an outstanding and leading international organization whose members are the leaders of their profession in their respective communities and countries.  


In 1950, the World Secret Service Association, Inc., an international organization of private investigators, was formed as a joint venture by the combined membership of the World Association of Detectives (founded in 1925) and the International Secret Service Association (founded in 1921). In 1966, by unanimous vote of the membership, we again adopted the name of the World Association of Detectives.


With over 460 members, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1911, is an independent, non-profit organisation that sets out to promote the interests of its membership in respect to commercial links between businesses in the United Kingdom and Portugal.  This is achieved mainly through a programme of networking events and by making available a number of very useful business services.

The British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is a totally independent organisation, financed solely by the subscriptions of our members and through profits arising from Chamber events and the services we provide.

The BPCC work with, but not on behalf of, any Government organisation, and is specifically prohibited from any party political activity by its statutes.  Any company, whether operating in or from the UK or Portugal, is eligible to apply for membership of the Chamber.

By joining the Chamber, a company can benefit not only from discounts on a number of services, but also from joining a network of companies interested in British-Portuguese commerce, with all the communications and opportunities this implies.

The British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is run by an extremely competent and friendly professional staff from offices in Lisbon, with local representatives in the North of the country as well as in the Algarve.

The overall supervision of the Chamber's activities is the responsibility of the Board of Directors, which is made up from professionals working in Portugal, but who contribute their time to the Chamber on a voluntary basis.

It is strongly recommended all companies to make the BPCC a vital part of their business development programme.