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AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators
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AWI Training Institute

2020 Training Institutes

Santa Barbara Institute (SOLD OUT)
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, CA
February 24 – 28, 2020

New Orleans Training Institute (SOLD OUT)
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel, LA
May 4 – 8, 2020

Sacramento Training Institute (CANCELLED)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, CA
June 15 – 19, 2020

Minneapolis Training Institute (CANCELLED) 
Loews Minneapolis Hotel, MN
August 3 – 7, 2020

Niagara Training Institute
White Oaks Resort & Spa – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
October 5 – 9, 2020

The Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. invites you to join us for a unique opportunity to network and learn with workplace investigators from around the world. In keeping with our mission to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations, we are proud to offer the intensive Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, the gold standard in our industry. This training includes a four-day accredited course followed by a day of assessments, with a certificate for students who pass the tests.

Purpose and Scope

The programs' purpose is to teach the core knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations. The scope for this program is the specific set of core knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations. These form the basis for the modules in the curriculum and its learning outcomes.

Core knowledge: bias, planning, law, evidence, credibility, ethics and post-investigation processes.

Core skills: interviewing, analysis and report writing skills.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the investigations I conduct from here on out will be much improved in all aspects."
~ Retired law enforcement professional, 2017 Monterey Training Institute attendee

Curriculum and Learning Outcomes

Impartial workplace investigations are conducted by a variety of personnel in a variety of contexts. Larger employers may use in-house personnel or outside investigators to their workplace investigations. Smaller employers may rely exclusively on outside investigators. While personnel trusted to perform this critical function are typically well-trained and highly-experienced in their own disciplines, there are often gaps in the set of specialized knowledge and skills required to successfully conduct impartial workplace investigations.

AWI established the Institute to help these persons fill the gaps to prepare them to successfully conduct impartial workplace investigations. Each knowledge and skill in the specialized set are directly linked to the Institute’s curriculum modules, the learning objectives, and the assessments for the course.

For a complete list of the modules and learning objectives, please click here.


Because the Institute curriculum and tests are intensive and fast-paced, AWI recommends that the registrant possesses both general analytical and writing skills. Some previous experience with training and testing programs and/or some previous experience in the field of workplace investigations is also recommended. However, there are no prerequisites that are required to attend the AWI Institute Training.

Certificate Requirements

There are two requirements in order to obtain the Institute certificate.


Attendance at the entire Institute is required of each student to obtain the certificate. Students who do not meet attendance requirements will not be eligible to take the assessments. However, AWI recognizes that matters of personal necessity, such as using the restroom or taking an emergency telephone call, may unavoidably occur outside of scheduled breaks. To allow for such matters without unduly interfering with the learning necessary to attain the core knowledge and skills taught at the Institute, a student may be absent for up to 15 minutes during each half day of the training portion of the Institute. These 15-minute periods may not be aggregated to be used in increments longer than 15 minutes, or moved from one half-day to another.

AWI Assessments

Students must achieve passing scores on all three assessments within one year of Institute attendance.

  • AWI Knowledge Test: A one and three-quarter hour multiple choice knowledge test (Passing Score: 70% of scored items)
  • AWI Interview Assessment: 20-minute individual, oral interview (Passing Score: Overall rating of “Acceptable”)
  • AWI Analysis and Report Writing Assessment: A one and one-half hour report writing test to which the student will write the answer on a computer provided by AWI (Passing Score: Overall rating of “Acceptable”)

ADA Accommodations

If a documented disability or documented impairment due to a medical condition prevents you from participating in the Institute sessions or taking the tests under the standard conditions described above, you may request an accommodation by submitting a completed Request for Accommodation form and supporting documentation up to 2 weeks prior to the start date of the Institute in which you are registered to


Special Requirements

Attendees are required to bring a laptop to the Training Institute for the Report Writing Exercise. All other necessary materials, supplies, and technology needed for the Institute, including the assessments, will be provided onsite.

Institute Faculty

Institute Committee Co-Chairs: Monica Jeffrey & Eli Makus

Each institute is staffed with faculty who are recognized experts in their fields, have completed the Institute Training, passed the assessment tests and hold the designation of Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH).

For more information about the faculty and their qualifications, please visit each individual Institute page listed above.

Continuing Education

AWI offers the continuing education credits with some institutions to Institute participants. For a complete list, please click here.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the AWI Training Institute or complaints, please contact education@awi.orgReview the AWI Complaints and Appeals Policy.