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Private Investigation used to be seen as a dull, boring, and “in the shadow,” type of job, but with all of the new era changes, it has become an intriguing and always eventful profession. Companies from law firms, insurance companies, and governmental entities, among many other markets have become extremely reliant on their hired PIs. They rely on them to uncover the truth and to obtain a plethora of evidence that all contributes to solving complex problems for their client.
PITI has been around for over 10 years, and throughout our time we have become one of the leading Private Investigation schools in Florida. Our investigators and instructors have over 30 years of experience in the field of Private Investigations, and with their knowledge and experience, we’ve built a foundation on ensuring that all of our courses taught here at PITI are filled with interesting and educational material! Our mission here at PITI is that we will lead you to a successful career in Private Investigations.

PITI’s team is comprised of several different departments with team members that are here to ensure your training development is seamless and successful. The founders of the Private Investigation Training Institute understood when they were forming their school, that there wasn’t a formal education system that really provided students with true value, in the sense of increasing their knowledge base, and prepping them for an actual job as a Private Investigator. As owners of Desnoes Investigations firm, located down her in sunny, South Florida they had a huge problem finding knowledgeable investigators that “had a clue” as to what they needed to do. They also realized that there was a lot of training schools that did one thing really well, which was providing students with certifications, however getting the certification is only a minor part of the battle in becoming a Private Investigator. The founders understood beyond knowledge based training, that students needed to have real-life experiences, that put their knowledge to the test in an environment that was structured to enable them to learn and watch from real life investigators perform real life cases.

Private Investigators lead a fascinating, ever entertaining, and thrilling career. There is a large amount of room for you to grow and do many different jobs like, insurance fraud, worker’s compensation fraud, skip tracing, or family and custodial matters, among many other areas of investigative work. Although we’ve seen highs and lows in our economy, one thing is always needed by a plethora of companies and that is private investigative work. Let’s get started in your first step towards the career you’ve been dreaming of.

Meet Our Team

Pete McDonald

Pete McDonald

Co-Founder of PITI
Pete McDonald has been involved in the insurance claims investigations industry in Florida for more than twenty years. He is the owner and president of Desnoes Investigations Incorporated and founding partner of the Private Investigator Training Institute located in Margate, Florida. Innovative ideas along with hands on experience and a results oriented management team have earned both companies the highest customer approval ratings.
Steve Rusin

Steve Rusin

Co-Founder of PITI
Steve Rusin is Vice President and Co-Founder of the Private Investigator Training Institute (PITI), the premier post-secondary training facility which specializes in helping motivated individuals fast track their careers in the field of investigations. With over 22 years’ experience in investigations, Steve often draws upon his secret weapon: an unparalleled network of contacts and resources that can open doors for graduating students.
Steve Mallon

Steve Mallon

Instructor
Steve Mallon is a business and marketing consultant specializing in the investigative and security profession, and he is the current Chief Academic Officer of the Private Investigator Training Institute. Steve has been creating academic, collegiate level private investigation courses since 1988. He is also the author of Becoming a Professional Investigator from the Ground Up, Building Your Professional Investigative Agency Practice, PowerPro PI Marketing, Unleashing the Power of Consultive Selling for Professional Private Investigators and his novel published in 2006, The Path to Glory.

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