How do I Choose the Best Bounty Hunter Training?

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The popularity of the A&E reality television show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," starring Duane Chapman and his family, has helped increase the interest in bail enforcement careers. The Chapmans pursue wanted fugitives mainly in the American states of Hawaii and Colorado. Worldwide, bounty hunting is legally allowed only in the United States and the Philippines. If you’re interested in a bail enforcement career and are searching for bounty hunter training, you should be aware that not all American states permit bounty hunting.

Although bounty hunting is legal throughout the majority of the United States, some areas have restrictions. These restrictions can certainly limit bounty hunting training options. For instance, to be a bounty hunter in Texas, you must first become either a licensed private investigator, commissioned security guard or a peace officer. Louisiana bounty hunters must always wear clothing that clearly indicates their profession. Bounty hunter training of any type is unavailable in Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon because the profession is illegal in those states.

Aspiring Florida bail agents must be licensed only through the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Bureau of Agent and Agency Licensing. Not only that, the term bounty hunter is not legally used in Florida; the allowable terms are: bail agent and limited surety agent. North Carolina and South Carolina also use a state licensed bail agent system.


If you want bounty hunter training in a state where the profession is legal, there are two basic options to consider. The first is to get a formal college or university education to earn a degree in criminal justice or law enforcement. This option often works well for people willing and able to invest in post-secondary education. The second option is to complete a certificate program from a bounty hunter training school that meets the requirements in your state.

For example, the American Institute of Bail and Bail Enforcement offers training certification in bounty hunting. The institute was founded in 1998 by the Police Officers Standard and Training Board in Colorado. The institute offers a choice of entry-level bounty hunter training programs that are completed through home study. This allows aspiring bounty hunters to continue to work or handle other responsibilities during training. After satisfactorily completing the training program and passing a written exam, trainees earn entry-level bounty hunter certification papers.


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Post 5

@Animandel - I agree there should be tough training and bounty hunters should be monitored in some way, but no matter what you do there are going to be some good ones and some bad ones. That's true in every profession in the world, including law enforcement. There are some police officers who don't have the right mentality for the jobs they do.

Post 4

I didn't know the U.S. and the Philippines were the only places where bounty hunting was legal. I certainly understand why some countries would not want just anybody to be able to become one of these agents. However, I think bounty hunters are important to our society and they should be allowed to do the jobs they do.

However, I wish we had more regulated training and requirements so all bounty hunters would be fully prepared to work. Let's face it, there are some people who should not be allowed to do this job. You need to be a calm person who is capable of thinking rationally and acting within reason.

Post 3

All those so called reality shows about bounty hunters are giving people the wrong idea about what the job is really about. I had a kid who works for me tell me that he was going to get his license to be a bounty hunter. He thinks the job is glamorous and once he becomes a bounty hunter he will be some kind of hero.

I told him that those TV shows don't show the real story. They only show the interesting parts, so people will want to watch the shows. If they showed the real story people would doze off or change channels in a hurry.

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