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2016 Training Institute for Workplace Investigators
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2016 Training Intitutes

February 22-26, 2016 ♦ Santa Barbara, California

An intensive, five-day course leading to a Certificate of Completion!

In keeping with our mission to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations, in 2016 we are presenting two sessions of our national-level, intensive Training Institute for Workplace Investigators. Upon completion of this challenging program, AWI will certify that the participant has completed what is becoming the gold standard for training in our industry. Class size will be limited so every participant will have personalized, hands-on training from the Institute’s experienced faculty.

We have priced this Institute to make it affordable to our members and other workplace investigators. Tuition includes continental breakfast, lunch, breaks, and the Thursday banquet.

Pricing in U.S. Dollars
  AWI Members Non-Members

Early Registration

$ 2,595 * $2,745*
Regular Registration $2,795** $2,945**
Late Registration $2,995** $3,145**

*Early registration is with a $500 deposit by October 24, 2015, and the balance due December 15, 2015.

**Regular registration is with full payment (no deposit) by December 31, 2015, and late registration is thereafter.


Curriculum Includes

  • Understanding the legal framework
  • Ethical issues for attorneys, private investigators, and internal investigators
  • Understanding and avoiding bias in investigations
  • Interviewing and dealing with difficult witnesses
  • Determining credibility
  • Full day small group mock investigation with one faculty per six students
  • Report writing, including individual feedback on written findings based on mock investigation
  • Threat assessments and how they differ from other investigations
  • Working with representatives and unions
  • Evidence, including electronic evidence issues in investigations and the investigator's office
  • How investigations are attacked and defended


Gary Edwards - Facebook
Donna Evans - Law Office of Donna R Evans
Karen Kramer - Kramer Workplace Investigations
Lynn Lieber - Lieber Lawyers
Robert Lieber - Lieber Lawyers
Eli Makus - Ellis Buehler Makus LLP
Marguerite Malloy - Alameda County Employees Retirement Association
Marilou Mirkovich - Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Cara Panebianco - TriNet
Michael Robbins - EXTTI, Incorporated
Alexander Sperry - Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation
Dan Stormer - Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP
Sue Ann Van Dermyden - Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation
Allison West - Employment Practices Specialists
Manny Tau -

Hotel Reservations


The group rate is $153 per night plus tax. Centrally located to Northern as well as Southern California, The Fess Parker offers a unique meeting destination in a stunning location. The Fess Parker offers a complimentary airport shuttle to and from Santa Barbara Airport and Amtrak Station. Call 800-879-2929 to make reservations. 

Certification Institute

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. This activity has been approved for up to 21.50 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This training is pre-approved for up to 21.5 California MCLE credit hours.