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Intellenet’s Board Accredited Investigator Program (BAI) 

Mission Statement
The Board Accredited Investigator designation is simply a total commitment to professionalism that an Investigator or Security Professional has made to their career. 

Re-certification Program Medical Doctors, Attorneys, Law Enforcement, and other professions require ongoing continuing education, participation in their profession, and sharing their skills and ideas with others. This Socratic philosophy of collective intelligence is necessary to establish a standard of excellence. BAI uses that model of excellence and has implemented re-certification requirements as stated below: 

SPECIAL NOTE: The totality of the Re-certification Program is the responsibility of the BAI Program Director. Certified investigators are required to accumulate a minimum total of 60 “points” over a three-year period* for re-certification. The instructions for determining the various ways to calculate re-certification points are listed in the tables in this document. 

(*See Requirements Guide below on maximum allowable points per calendar year.) 

After an Investigator has met the requirements to become a Board Accredited Investigator (BAI) and has been officially notified that he or she has qualified to use the BAI title, the Investigator must comply with the requirements for re-certification to maintain the BAI certification. 

All BAIs must pursue professional development and continuing education to maintain their certification. Re-certification requires earning a specified number of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points. 

As a simplified guide for re-certification, following is a “bullet” outline which includes detailed information: Requirements Guide • A re-certification period is from January 1st and concludes December 31st . 

• A minimum of 60 points* must be accumulated and submitted at the end of the third year (noted below).
• A total of 30 points** will be the maximum accepted for each year.
• Individuals are to utilize the Point Accumulation Form (PAF) to record and submit annual points claimed.
• The PAF may be obtained from the www.BAIPI.org website.
• By submission of the re-certification request, the applicant certifies that he or she has read and agrees to abide by the BAI Professional Code of Conduct set forth on page 6. 

*A point is defined as “one unit” or the equivalent of one Continuous Education Unit (CEU)
**The 30 points per year maximum may be waived under certain conditions such as deployment to United States Military, a medical condition, other condition(s) or situation(s) that has a significant effect on the Investigator. In any of these instances, it is the responsibility of the Investigator to contact the BAI Program Director as soon as possible and explain the circumstances. The Program Director can review the totality of the circumstances concerning the BAI re-certification requirements and allow  an additional 120 days for the Investigator to meet the standards. 

The re-certification term shall be three years for each certification commencing January 1 st and concluding December 31st . Investigators are required to acquire a minimum of 60 points over a three-year period for re-certification; Investigators are encouraged to submit a maximum of 30 points for each calendar year for the re-certification period; any points achieved within the calendar year may be carried over into the following year. Investigators are encouraged to attain a minimum of one point per year for participation in an Ethics class/program. Investigators must submit their accumulated points for re-certification to the Program Re-certification Administrator (PRA). Access to the PRA is through the www.BAIPI.org website and is located under the PRA dropdown box. Additional information is provided at the end of this directive. 

Submission of Documentation: Investigators who are submitting their documentation for re-certification, as proof of having acquired a minimum of 60 points for re-certification, must submit their documentation to the reviewing authority a minimum of 45 days prior to the required re-certification date. The minimum date requirement is necessary to enable the reviewing authority time to verify the points submitted for re-certification. If the deadline of 45 days is not met, please refer to the certification lapse. It is the Investigator’s responsibility to submit all supporting documentation

Program Integrity: The integrity of the BAI Program is the responsibility of every certified BAI Investigator and, ultimately, the BAI Program Director. The BAI Program Director shall ensure all certified BAI investigators are briefed annually on the requirements for re-certification. If necessary, the BAI Program Director shall appoint an independent qualified Investigator to initiate an inquiry into any allegation of impropriety regarding Program Integrity. The Inquiring Investigator shall return a detailed written report of the inquiry only and present the results of such an inquiry, without recommendations, directly to the BAI Program Director for whatever action is deemed necessary. 

Methods of Earning Points Investigators may earn points for re-certification by various means, such as membership in a professional investigative association, educational points, instructor points, author points, volunteer service, certification service points, public service points, and other accomplishments. Each of these categories is further defined below. 

1. Membership Points
An investigator may claim a total of 8 points per year, 2 points per association for a maximum of 24 points for the three-year term. 

2. Education Points
Continuing education credits are determined by the hosting seminar/workshop or conference; the minimum number of points allowed from the for three years is 25 points. A certificate or letter of completion, along with the agenda that includes the hours of classroom time, is required for the following: 

a. Seminars/Conferences: Single and multiple day seminars. 

b. Web-Based Programs: Educational programs must have a formal speaker or facilitator and relate directly to the competencies (domains) of the applicable certifications. 

c. Correspondence and Self Study Courses: Preparation through an institution that requires a final examination and course sponsor issues a certificate of completion listing instructional hours attained. 

d. Accredited College Courses: Investigative and/or management-related accredited college courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of seven points for each semester hour completed. This includes internet/distance learning and CD ROM or other self-study program that results in accredited college or university credit. A copy of the certificate listing the course title and the name of the educational institution is required. 

e. Exhibits-Only and Exhibitor’s Participation: Three points may be awarded for participation at investigative-related exhibits. Documentation detailing the type of exhibit, location, and date are required. 

Note: The term “investigative” (used throughout this document) is all inclusive of the various specialties within the investigative profession and includes but is not limited to investigations, computer, executive protection, security specialties, and the like. 

3. Instructor Points
The topics of any courses taught must be relevant to the practice of investigations and management; i.e., the domains for each certification examination as defined and the total maximum number of points are listed in the left column of the graphic below. 

Number of Points Activity - Total number of Points per year for participation in any of the below: 

 20Per topic, initial preparation or major modifications of course work for serving as principal instructor or speaker for an investigative or business management related course at an accredited college or university. 
 12 Certification Study Courses: Planning the entire Study Course including multiple meetings. 
 9 Documented Certification Study Courses (mentoring a student through the entire Study Course or fulfilling a specific role in conduct of the course).
 3Per participant hour, as an instructor or speaker at an investigative or business-related educational program.
 2  Per participant hour, panelist business-related educational program.

4. Author Points
The topics must be relevant to the practice of investigations, security, or management; i.e., the domains for each certification examination as defined and the total maximum number of points is listed in the left column of the graphic below: 

Number of Points Activity - Total number of Points per year for participation in any of the below: 

 45  Per investigative-related and or business management book.  
 9  Per investigative and/or business management article in a recognized periodical. 
 9 Per monograph, booklet or contribution of a chapter to a book on investigative related and/or business management topics.
 3 Acceptance by the BAI Board for each case study submission.
 3 Each book review published in recognized periodical. 
 2 Each article review published in recognized periodical.

5. Volunteer Service, Points Per Term
A maximum of 50% of total points may accrue from volunteer service. These points are automatically posted mid-year. The total maximum number of points is listed in the left column in the graphic below. 

Number of Points Activity - Total number of Points per year for participation in any of the below:

 10 Executive Director, National director, or President of an investigative association or organization. 
 8 Member of a national or international Board of Directors of an investigative association or organization.
 8Member of a Certification Board, on a national level, of an investigative association or organization. 
10 Service as a President or Vice President of an investigative association or organization.
  8Service as a Regional Vice President or Regional Director of an investigative association or organization.
  6 Service as Annual Seminar Host Committee member for an annual or other major conference of an investigative association or organization. Served as a Committee Chairman, on the local level, of an investigative association or organization.
  4Service as a Committee member, on the local level, of an investigative association or organization. 
  4Service as a Board member, on the local level, of an investigative association or organization 

6. Other Accomplishments
At the discretion of the BAI Program Director, special activities related to security or business management fields as described in the domains of each examination may be eligible for credits. The CEU points tobe awarded are based on scope of activity and other relevant factors. 

NOTES
All activities must relate to investigative matters as defined by the content specifications of the relevant examination. Certificants must be able to link each submitted activity to a Domain/Task/ Knowledge statement of the exam content. 

PROFESSIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT
All BAIs and applicants for certification & re-certification must adhere to the Professional Code of Conduct, agreeing to: 

  • Perform professional duties in accordance with the law and the highest moral principles. 
  • Noncompliance includes any acts or omissions amounting to unprofessional conduct and deemed prejudicial to the certification. 
  • Observe the precepts of truthfulness, honesty, and integrity. 
  • Be faithful, competent, and diligent in discharging their professional duties. 
  • Safeguard confidential and privileged information and exercise due care to prevent its improper disclosure. 
  • Not maliciously injure the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employees. 

Any act deemed prejudicial to the certification may result in denial of approval for certification or re-certification as a BAI and up to and including revocation of certification. Such acts may include, but are not limited to:
Providing false or misleading statements or information when applying to take the certification examination or to recertify.
  • Any act or omission that violates the provisions of the BAI’s Code of Conduct. 
  • Any act that violates the criminal or civil laws of any jurisdiction. 
  • Any act that is the proper basis for suspension or revocation of a professional license. 
  • Any act or omission that violates the Rules and Procedures. 


RE-CERTIFICATION SUMMARY
Re-certification
All BAIs must pursue professional development and continuing education to maintain their certification. Re-certification requires earning a specified number of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points.

Report Your CEU Activities
Re-certification activity reports must be submitted every three years for accredited BAI Investigators. Individuals may submit their point reporting form(s) at any time and are highly encouraged to report their accumulated points for the calendar year on an annual basis.

Certification Lapse Policy
If an individual’s certification has lapsed either due to nonpayment of re-certificationfees or lack of required CEUs, the following policy will be in effect:

January 1 - June 30
of the year following the re-certification term, a total of 64 points and a $130.00 fee shall be required to reinstate the BAI designation (the individual must earn four additional points and pay a $50.00 late fee).

July 1 - December 31 of the year following the re-certification term, a total of 68 points and a $130.00 fee shall be required to reinstate the BAI designation (the individual must earn eight additional credits and pay a $50.00 late fee). The non-member late fee is $150.00. 

Re-certification after a lapse of 12 months or more requires completing the entire BAI examination process. The individual is also required to stop using the BAI certification designation and the BAI logo shall be removed from business cards, stationery, and any other business materials until individual’s designation is reinstated. 

Other
Any member experiencing financial or a personal hardship is encouraged to contact the BAI Program Director and discuss the individual’s situation if the possibility of decertification may result from an issue. Any matter or issue not specifically covered in this directive regarding recertification shall be referred to the BAI Program Director.


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