Perfect Practice Makes Perfect! It also applies to prepping for your state of Illinois Private Security Contractor or Detective Exam. 

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect! It also applies to prepping for your state of Illinois Private Security Contractor or Detective Exam. 

PJDA offers test preparation tools designed specifically to help you pass your exam. Our Illinois Private Detective and Security Contractor Prep Kits include hundreds of practice questions and answers, test taking tips, progress reports, audio files, and more. PJDA also offers ASIS, International Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) Prep Kits. These Kits will allow you to prep on your own schedule. PJDA also personal coaching and tutoring. The Kits are available via instant download via Dropbox and other options.

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Are you ready? ARE YOU READY?! Are you ready to pass your state of Illinois license test?  

If you're not sure, do you know what's at stake? Here's what's at stake if you don't pass your state of Illinois private detective or security contractor license exam: You have to delay starting your business an additional six months. You have to prep for the exam all over again. And, because you didn't pass this time, you'll begin to wonder if you should modify your prep and study methods to improve your chances of passing next time. 

Many folks around the country believe the state of Illinois licensing exams for private detective and security contractor are the most challenging in the nation. 

There are a number of reasons the Illinois license exams have such a reputation. First, both tests use multiple sources for the test questions and answers (security: 5 sources and detective: 4 sources). Also, both tests include questions and answers from Illinois criminal law and administrative procedures, as well as the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions. 

Maybe there's a reason the primary obstacle license candidates face is just passing the darn test! I know because I failed the detective's test the first time I took it. Believe me, it's a terrible feeling. In fact, I failed the state of Illinois detective test after having passed the ASIS, International tests to obtain my Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) credentials.

On paper, my ASIS credentials were a lot more difficult to obtain. When I took the CPP test in 2010, it included five sources and covered 8 domains, including: business principles, physical security, emergency management, investigations, the law, information security, and other topics. The CPP test has 225 questions. The PCI exam was only slightly "easier."

Anyway, I began my prep for the state of Illinois detective test bolstered by the knowledge that I had passed both ASIS exams. Overconfidence was my biggest mistake. After I failed the detective exam, and after I got over the disappointment with myself, I changed my prep methods and took a hard look in the mirror. The result is that I passed the detective test on my second try (perfect score 75/75). 

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Now, I help others prepare for their tests. My tutoring programs include practice exams, tips, coaching and interpretation of the testable materials. My materials come directly from the sources. Here is a sample of practice test questions I've created and use in my programs:

1. JC  All of the following are exempt from JCAR general licensing provisions, except: _____ (Sec.447/15-5)  

a. Corporate fire protection investigators

b. Engineering design investigators

c. Freelance human resource investigators

d. Corporation counsel investigators


2. JC Practice while on inactive status constitutes ________ (Sec. 447/10-25):

a. light duty practice

b. licensed practice

c. unlicensed practice

d. none of the above 


3. JC Licensees and their direct reports are required earn a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing education credits- True/False (Sec: 10-27):


4. JC  All of the following are exempt from JCAR general licensing provisions, except: _____ (Sec.447/15-5)  

a. Corporate private investigators

b. Corporate computer forensic investigators

c. Retired homicide investigators

d. Medico legal investigators


5. JC Ms. Jones, the new owner of a nursing home corporation decides to terminate a long held contract with a national security firm and establish their own, in-house security force. Question: Will Ms. Jones need to obtain an Illinois private security contractor license: yes or no? (Sec.25-5)

a. Yes, because the state requires all security operations to be licensed and regulated by the IDFPR

b. Yes, because the state requires all non governmental security operations to be licensed and regulated by the IDFPR.

c. No, because multi-location, proprietary security matters are not regulated by the state.

d. No, because the security operations are used exclusively for the nursing home.


6. JC All of the following are permitted to use firearms in the course of their business activities, except:___ (Sec. 31-30 & 35-35):

a. security guards

b. private alarm contractors

c. fingerprint vendors

d. canine handlers


7. JC Licensed Private Security Contractor Paul Jackson is reviewing an applicant’s completed security officer employment application. The application is complete except that the applicant did not include a recently taken head shot with the application. Jackson will reject or accept this application, because ___

(Sec. 35-30/E1 & P):

a. Reject because the applicant failed to include a photo.

b. Reject because IDFPR requires employers to maintain photos of all employees.

c. Accept because Jackson can obtain the photo at a later time. 

d.  Accept because fingerprints can be used in lieu of photos.


8. JC MS. Jones (CEO of Jones Nursing Home Corporation) has several nursing facilities in high crime areas. Jones is considering having 4 (four) of her security staff carry firearms while on duty in high crime neighborhoods. If Jones arms the security staff she is, or is not in compliance because _____ (35-45):

a. Is in compliance because IDFPR does not regulate armed security in nursing homes.

b. Is in compliance because Jones is not a financial institution, commercial or industrial company.

c. Is not in compliance because all armed employees are regulated by the IDFPR.

d. Is in compliance because only 4 security officers will be armed. 


9. JC A person who uses in fraud in obtaining a license is guilty of a ________ misdemeanor for the first offense, and guilty of a _______  felony for each subsequent violation (Sec. 45-50):

a. Class A / Class 4  

b. Class B / Class 2

c. Class C / Class 1

d. None of the above


10. JC Any person found guilty of unlicensed practice due to fraud in obtaining a license shall pay a civil penalty not to exceed_______ for each offense (Sec. 45-50).

a. $1,000

b. $1,500

c. $10,000

d. $15,000


11. JC Registered employees of private security contractors shall receive training in all of the following topics, except: (Sec. 25-20):

a. Interview, interrogation and public speaking

b. Criminal Code of 2012

c. Civil Rights, Use of Force and Arrest Techniques

d. Fire prevention, fire equipment and fire safety


12. IL  A person is justified in the use of force against another when he/she reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or another against such other's imminent use of unlawful force. 

However, he/she is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent_________ (720 ILCS 5/7-1):

a. Death or great bodily harm to himself  or another person 

b. Commission of a forcible felony 

c. Both a and b

d. a only


13. IL A person commits ________ when he or she knowingly (1) Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner; or (2) Obtains by deception control over property of the owner; or (3) Obtains by threat control over property of the owner; or (4) Obtains control over stolen property knowing the

property to have been stolen or under such circumstances as would reasonably induce him or her to believe that the property was stolen; or (5) Obtains or exerts control over property in the custody of any law enforcement agency which any law enforcement officer or any individual acting in behalf of a law enforcement agency explicitly represents to the person as being stolen or represents to the person such circumstances as would reasonably induce the person to believe that the property was stolen, and

Intends to deprive the owner permanently of the use or benefit of the property; or knowingly uses, conceals or abandons the property in such manner as to deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit; or uses, conceals, or abandons the property knowing such use, concealment or abandonment probably will deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit.  (Sec 720 ILCS 5/16-1):

a. robbery        b. ttheft            c. burglary         d. fraud


14. IL The sentence for the offense described in Question 13, when the value of the property is less than $500 in value is a __________ (Sec 720 ILCS 5/16-1):

a. Class A misdemeanor.

b. Class B misdemeanor

c. Class 4 felony

d. Class X felony


15. IL  A person commits _____________, with the intent to prevent the lawful entry of a law enforcement officer or another, he/she maintains a structure in a fortified condition, knowing that the structure is used for the unlawful manufacture, storage with intent to deliver or manufacture, delivery, or trafficking of cannabis, controlled substances, or methamphetamine as defined in the Cannabis Control Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (Sec 720 ILCS5/19-5).

a. criminal fortification 

b. intimidation, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest

c. both a and b

d. none of the above


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