Investigation and Regulation

Target Audience

For investigators, regulators, enforcement officers and managers.

Delegates are guided through a complete investigation from identification of a contravention to prosecution and cross-examination in court.


To enable delegates to investigate contraventions of the act’s they enforce.

Core Topic Areas

  • Legal powers, duties and responsibilities
  • Investigation best practice
  • Investigation planning
  • Evidence gathering, evaluation and continuity
  • Taking contemporaneous notes
  • Writing and taking witness statements
  • Interviewing witnesses and defendants
  • Collecting and managing information and evidence
  • Serving statutory enforceable documents
  • Informing persons and organisations of circumstances
  • Producing a case file to show offences committed
  • Presenting evidence, facing cross examination in Court


  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (Whistleblower)
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Codes of Practice (PACE)
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
  • Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA)
  • National guidance documents and MG forms
  • BIS Regulators’ Code

Fire Safety Order Investigations

For those who investigate and regulate contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, see Fire Safety Enforcement course


Course work is assessed to National Occupational Standards.


Dates and prices

Duration5 days
2018Mon 26th Feb → Fri 2nd Mar
Mon 17th Sep → Fri 21st Sep
2019Mon 8th Apr → Fri 12th Apr
Mon 16th Sep → Fri 20th Sep
Delegate cost£1080 + VAT
LocationYarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire

Costs and details

Prior learning

Understand the laws and contraventions to which they investigate, regulate and enforce.

Pre-course module



Sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint, flipchart, interactive group discussion, individual tuition and practical exercises including role play with actors, cross examination by a lawyer in a Magistrates Court.

Learning process

In groups (syndicates) of up to 4, delegates investigate a different reconstructions of FSO contraventions. Actors feature in this skills-based practice.

Post course

Delegates must complete workbooks within six weeks of course completion.

NOS: National Occupational Standards

This course includes the national assessment criteria for investigation, case file preparation and appearing in court.