Training for Bounty Hunters

Training options for a bounty hunter depend on one’s background. Only a few states, like New Jersey, have stringent training requirements. Training options will also depend on your prior experience. If you have experience in one of the following fields, no further training may be necessary:

  • Law enforcement or peace officer
  • Private investigation with possible licensure
  • Military (depending on role and training)
  • Security guard (depending on role and training)

If you feel you lack adequate experience, then training is essential in this field due to the sometimes dangerous nature of the process. In general, regulation appears to be increasing in this field, so expect more required training over time. Here are options for coursework:

Two-Year Criminal Justice with Law Enforcement Focus

Criminal justice with a law enforcement emphasis that is tied to an academy with actual field work is ideal. This is typically a two-year associate degree that can be completed at a campus, online or in some combination. If you already possess a degree, pursuit of a certificate may be another option. Of course, in addition to bounty hunting, many other careers start with a degree in law enforcement and private investigation. Many online options exist in addition to on-campus programs from accredited schools.

Here is the typical coursework in such a program:
Henry Ford College offers a two-year Associate of Art (AA) degree in criminal justice that includes training at a police academy as part of the curriculum. In addition to core coursework and standard criminal justice requirements, the academy portion covers:

  • Investigation
  • Patrol
  • Conflict resolution
  • Detention
  • Report writing
  • Tactics

Private Investigator Training

By pursuing training as a private investigator, you would also broaden employment opportunities beyond bail recovery. In some states, you must be a licensed PI to do bail recovery (e.g., Texas). Several online accredited colleges such as Penn Foster and Ashworth College offer programs for private investigators including Penn Foster and Ashworth College. Typical coursework includes:

  • Legal principles
  • Investigation business overview
  • Investigation techniques
  • Locating people and background checks
  • Required equipment

Bounty Hunter-Specific Training Courses

There are online bounty hunter training courses that cover topics such as:

  • Bail industry overview
  • Surveillance
  • Apprehension
  • Marketing

Make sure you verify the school credentials by communicating with past students, researching owner and instructor experience, and reading any third-party reviews, such as from the Better Business Bureau. These programs are not ordinarily offered at regionally-accredited institutions, so a more thorough examination by potential students will pay off in the long run.

Programs featured on How to Become a Bounty Hunter are all from regionally-accredited institutions.