post it blogIf think being an investigator may be a good fit for you, more likely than not, you’re trying to decide what to do next.   Knowledge is power, so we have developed this list of information to consider in your exploration:

  1. Understand what goes into an EEO investigation. EEOC’s Management Directive 110, Chapter 6 is a great place to start: MD-110, Chapter 6
  2. Are you interested in a Federal position or subcontracting:
    1. If you’re interested in subcontracting, research firms who offer these services to identify the best fit for you and explore their requirements.
    2. If considering a Federal EEO investigator position, research which agencies hiring full time investigators. Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are three agencies with full-time investigators. You can research current vacancies at
  3. You’ll need to be certified as an EEO investigator. There are a lot of options out there – both classroom and online. We have an online course that meets certification requirements. To find out more, go to
  4. Update your resume. Be creative! Think about your experience and how it fits into the knowledge, skills or abilities that are applicable to investigating (for example, writing skills, analytical ability, time management skills).
  5. There is no getting around experience. It is a challenge common to anyone who transitions career fields. It can be a difficult obstacle to overcome, as most jobs require experience, but you can’t get the experience without the job. As described above, research the level of experience required. If you take training, find out if the firm offers any subcontracting work. At times, we consider tentative subcontracting relationships for individuals with experience in related fields and who excel in our training. This involves continued coaching throughout the first few cases. We only engage relationships with those top performers in the class and when we have the available time needed to commit to a trainee.

We hope you find these pointers helpful. We know from our extensive experience in this field that individuals who thoughtfully research their options; choose a quality investigator certification training course; and continue to enhance their investigative skills can quickly achieve the rewards of being a certified EEO investigator.

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4 thoughts on “I May Want to Be and EEO Investigator: What Do I Do Next?

  1. Hello. Does the EEOC or relevant government entity recognize your certification. Thanks-Simon Silva

  2. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) doesn’t certify individual vendors who offer training certification. However, our 32-hour online training certification meets EEOC’s training requirements as outline in its Management Directive-110, Chapter 6. Many of the participants, who successfully completed the course, are now conducting EEO investigations for Federal agencies. We have received positive feedback from several vendors who have engaged our former students as subcontractors.

  3. Is there a maximum age limit on hiring EEO counselor or investigators? I am a retired federal law enforcement officer, currently 58yoa. I formerly held the collateral position of EEO counselor with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, but that was 25 years ago. I understand age requirements in law enforcement, but was wondering if those same standards are in place for EEO counselors and investigators?

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