A private detective holding a camera peering into the distance.
Brennan’s investigation clearly shows us what it takes to become a successful PI, ranging from qualifications, experience, and even traits. Let’s dig deeper into each of these..


With regard to qualifications, you need a license from your state of residence. Check with your state for the qualifications they look for. You need some training and you must successfully complete a state exam. You may need to be sponsored by a licensed PI, and work under his or her license for around 2 years as a trainee.


Maybe before you even find out what qualifications your state requires, the first and the most important question that you need to answer is why you want to become a PI. Is it just for the thrill of being in the limelight like Brennan after unraveling some concealed mystery? Well, you need to have something that will keep you going. For Brennan, it is simple: finding truth. In this case, he wanted to find out what happened, whether it favored his client or not.


After determining that you have a goal that is strong enough, you can enroll for the course and begin your journey to a becoming a PI. Well, you will need to have some traits to help you win in this thrilling, fascinating and dangerous field. Being a PI is not about thrills and adrenaline all the time. You need to have an eye for detail. Patience is not a virtue, it is survival. You need to keep going even when there is no progress. You need to be witty, inquisitive, and persistent. You must find the missing part of the puzzle. You need to identify leads. For Brennan, the lead that no one else could see was simple: disguise. You need to be analytical and imaginative. Most importantly, you need to be low profile. No one should even notice that you could be a PI.

If you think you have all the things that Brennan has, with regard to passion, traits and qualifications, you are good to go. Ultimately, becoming a private investigator is undoubtedly an interesting, fascinating job. Most importantly, you help bring justice to victims who would never have had a chance to get it. You can be a hero, in the real world, and you not have to be Batman, Spiderman or Superman.