Introduction to Workers Compensation Surveillance
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Introduction to Workers Compensation Surveillance

Learn the exciting world of private investigations. Many career opportunities are currently open in the profession!
4.3 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Joel Dean
Last updated 9/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Obtain an entry level position as a Surveillance Investigator specific to working Workers' Compensation Insurance Investigations. Students will also be able to more effectively obtain stationary surveillance video as well as covert video of claimants. Students will also receive educational credit towards their own Private Investigator license.
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  • This course is designed to be an entry level course. Advanced course will be offered in the future. Students will be required to complete a quiz a the conclusion of the instructional material.

This course will provide a foundation for anyone who is interested in the Private Investigation industry. After countless job interviews of prospective investigators and peace officers I decided to help answer that one question that is on every oral board or job interview that everyone struggles with……..”What have you done to prepare yourself for this interview?” This course will not only prepare you for a job interview in the investigative field, but it will equip you with the knowledge necessary to step out and begin to perform workers' compensation investigations in a 500 BILLION dollar industry.

This course is primarily tailored for workers' compensation investigations mainly due to the large demand from insurance companies for suitable investigators. Many of the investigative tips translate to all areas of private investigation. This course covers the following topics: Basics of Surveillance, Equipment, Report Writing, Stationary Surveillance, Mobile Surveillance and Personal Safety. This course is taught through the use of the written lectures, videos and at the conclusion of the material a knowledge test is administered. The videos in this course will demonstrate where to position your surveillance vehicle, how to “black out” and various equipment that is needed to perform these investigations. I take you behind the scenes and inside the surveillance vehicle.

A course completion certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course. This certificate can be used for 8 hours of educational credit towards the student's individual private investigator license. Student who take this course will also be able to more effectively obtain stationary surveillance video, covert video of claimants as well as have a general knowledge on writing an investigative report for workers' compensation investigations. Students who elect to enroll in this course will also be awarded priority for additional training at a lower cost and receive free informational updates with regard to the Private Investigation industry.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for anyone who is interested in obtaining information regarding the Private Investigative Industry. This course is specific to Workers' Compensations Investigations, however the course material applies to many other areas of the Private Investigator Industry. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate for 8 hours of training that can be used for obtaining an individual Private Investigator license.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
Introduction to Workers' Compensation Surveillance Investigations
9 Lectures 01:00:52

This lecture will discuss important definitions that you must know in order to effectively conduct Workers' Compensation Surveillance Investigations.

Preview 04:31

This lecture provides a foundation of information of surveillance investigations. This is the beginning step in understanding the role of a surveillance investigator conducting worker's compensation investigations

Basics of Surveillance

This lecture provides specific details that an invesigator should know about stationary surveillance.

Obtaining a Stationary Surveillance position and obtaining video

This lecture will show you what happens when you arrive to a claimant's residence, vehicle positioning and resources that can be used to be more effective as a Surveillance Investigator.

Preview 12:02

This lecture provides specific details that an investigator should know about mobile surveillance.

Performing Mobile Surveillance

This lecture will show you how to obtain video from the interior of a vehicle.

Obtaining video from a vehicle

This lecture shows you how to obtain covert video of a claimant while in a public place.

Obtaining Covert Video

This lecture provides the entry level investigator with basics on report writing, writing what you see and provides several sample reports.

Report Writing

Final Quiz
10 questions
About the Instructor
Joel Dean
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Private Investigation Instructor at Udemy

I have completed a six month POST (Peace Officer in Standards and Training) certified California course in 2001. I had been a sworn peace officer for almost thirteen years. I achieved the title of Sergeant at the Shasta County Marshal's Office. I have supervised as many as twenty police officers and 10 support staff at any given time. The following is a list some of training I have completed:

Drug recognition 7 step D.A.R.

H&S 11550 certified

Supervisor core course (80 hours)

Field Training Officer course (40 hours)

Identification of Gang and Gang awareness

Background investigations

Administration of background investigations

Defensive tactics instructor (80 hours)

Street Survival

Taser instructor course (24 hours)

Interview and interrogation (24 hours)

Internal affairs investigation (24 hours)

Active shooter

Basic narcotics investigations

NRA Basic Pistol Instructor

NRA Personal Protection in the home

DOJ Certified Handgun Safety Instructor

My investigative experience has consisted of investigation in the criminal and civil side of law. I have conducted investigations that were criminal in nature in the following areas:

Death Investigations, Credit Card Fraud, Burglary, Disability and Worker's Compensation Fraud, Employee embezzlement, Assault with Deadly Weapons, Simple Assault, Domestic Violence, Forcible Rape, Possession of Illegal Drugs including Surveillance of Suspected Offenders, Possession of Illegal Weapons, False Police Reports, Driving Under the Influence and Cultivation of Marijuana for Sales.

I have conducted investigations that were non-criminal in nature in the following areas:

Violations of Business Policy and Procedure, Citizen's Complaints, Pre-Employment Background Investigations, Civil Service, Industrial License Compliance, Unfaithful Spouses, Improper Business Practices, Sexual Harassment, Desperate Treatment Complaints and Criminal Background Checks.


2005-2007 Union Institute and University Sacramento, California

Bachelors of Arts degree in criminal justice

1997-2001 College of the Redwoods Eureka, California

Associate of Science Degree in general studies

1994-1997 Eureka High School Eureka, California

High School Diploma

Over the last thirteen years I have attended numerous law enforcement related schools and classes. I have attended over 1,000 hours in law enforcement instruction. I currently hold certificates in the following law enforcement related fields: Field Training, Supervisor, Drug recognition, DEA over flight and narcotics investigation, Gangs and gang awareness, POST certified narcotics investigation, POST Certified Arrest and Control Instructor, DOJ Executive Protection, Active Shooter and taser instructor. I am also certified to teach CCW in Shasta, Lassen and Tehama County.

I currently hold California POST Certificates. These include a Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels as well as a POST Supervisory certificate. I have been to an 80 hour POST certified Supervisor core course in which I hold a certificate of completion.

I am currently licensed as a Private Investigator in the following states: California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Idaho.