PSP40416 – Certificate IV in Government Investigations

Course Name: PSP40416 - Certificate IV in Government Investigations

The generalist qualification covers the broad range of skills required to operate without supervision in a government investigations environment where an individual is required to plan, initiate, conduct and finalise an investigation. The regulatory compliance specialisation covers the skills required by those responsible for ensuring statutory compliance with the requirements of legislation, regulations and organisational policy.

It is suitable for individuals who need to apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in specific contexts within the investigations and regulatory compliance environment. This is the new Certificate IV program for those conducting regulatory roles such as licensing, compliance and enforcement.

Course Code: PSP40416
Course Duration: 12 months
Training Plans: Cert IV Government Investigations

This qualification allows for the attainment of occupational specific competencies for those working in operational roles undertaking government investigation related functions, with a particular focus on meeting the ethical and legislative requirements of the public service.

This qualification supersedes the previous Certificate IV in Government Investigations PSP41512 and the Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance) PSP41412. These qualifications have been deemed as NON EQUIVALENT. Many units however are equivalent and people seeking to upgrade to the new qualification should contact us.


ACIM offer a range of assessment options including RPL, and a combination of realistic workplace tasks, projects, knowledge tests, and responses to case studies and scenarios. Our programs and assessments are practical and interactive in nature and will be directly relevant to your role and the investigative and compliance functions you currently undertake or are keen to pursue.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements however it is acknowledged that many students will have vocational experience in a relevant role that will have provided a suitable preparation for the program. It is usually the case that personnel entering this program are identified by their employer based on their need for professional development and growth.

Qualification Requirements:

15 units of competency are required for this qualification:
• 6 core units
• 9 elective units

Choose 1 elective from Group A Work health safety.

• minimum of 5 units from Groups B and C

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Regulatory compliance specialisation:
• minimum of 5 units from Group B

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect the occupational learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level. Seek further advice on selecting imported units of competency in the PSP Implementation Guide.

Core units

PSPETH002 Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation
PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation
PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation
PSPREG003 Apply regulatory powers
PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews

Elective units

Group A: Work health safety
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety

Group B: Regulatory compliance specialisation
PSPREG004 Promote client compliance
PSPREG005 Assess compliance
PSPREG006 Produce formal record of interview
PSPREG008 Act on non-compliance
PSPREG013 Undertake inspections and monitoring
PSPREG015 Receive and validate data
PSPREG017 Undertake compliance audits
PSPREG018 Plan and implement recovery action

Group C: General elective units
PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
PSPGEN029 Value diversity
PSPGEN033 Use advanced workplace communication strategies
PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
PSPGEN043 Apply government processes
PSPCRT007 Compile and use official notes
PSPLEGN002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation
PSPREG007 Make arrests
PSPREG009 Conduct search and seizure
PSPREG010 Prepare a brief of evidence
PSPREG011 Give evidence
PSPREG014 Conduct surveillance
PSPREG016 Conduct data analysis

Units of Competence:
CodeUnit NameType
BSBWHS301   Maintain workplace safety  
PSPCRT007   Compile and use official notes  
PSPETH002   Uphold and support the values and principles of public service  
PSPGEN029   Value Diversity  
PSPGEN033   Use advanced workplace communication strategies  
PSPINV001   Plan and initate an investigation  
PSPINV002   Conduct an investigation  
PSPINV003   Finalise an investigation  
PSPLEGN002   Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector  
PSPREG003   Apply regulatory powers  
PSPREG004   Promote client compliance  
PSPREG005   Assess compliance  
PSPREG006   Produce formal record of interview  
PSPREG008   Act on non compliance  
PSPREG010   Prepare Brief of Evidence  
PSPREG011   Give Evidence  
PSPREG012   Gather information through interviews  
PSPREG013   Undertake inspections and monitoring  

For those seeking Regulatory Compliance specialisation, 5 units from Group B must be successfully completed.