How to Become an NBI Agent? – Requirements and Salary

Do you want to be an NBI Agent and work among the awesome team of the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines? How much is the salary of NBI agents today? Know the requirements here before your application.

How to Become an NBI Agent?

To become an NBI Agent in the Philippines, a candidate is required to be qualified with the strict hiring requirements and process of the NBI. Someone asked, an aspirant need to be a lawyer or a CPA? The answer is, NBI agents really preferred to be CPAs and Lawyers because being in the investigating field is critical and requires excellent and enough experience in Accounting, Law, Finance, Law Enforcement, Physical Science and the like.

However, if you are not a licensed CPA or a Lawyer yet, you may qualify to the entry level – Special Investigator or other NBI staff.

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Special Investigator Requirements

  • Must be Filipino citizen and of good moral character, with excellent physical and mental health
  • Must be a Bachelors degree holder
  • Must be a Civil Service Professional Eligible or a Board Passer
  • At least 5’5’’ (males) or 5’3’’ (females)
  • At least 25 years old but not more than 35
  • Must have a very good vision (normal range)
  • Must have a General Weighted Average of 84% in the TOR without any failure or grade
  • Must have no pending criminal, civil or administrative cases and charges and never convicted any crime
  • Must have no tattoo marks or body piercings

You’ve got a chance even if you are not yet a Certified Public Accountant or a Lawyer. To become a special investigator in the Philippines is easier than to become a special agent in the FBI as it requires entry program for accounting, computer science, law, language and diversified. To become NBI Agent, you must have the following qualifications:

NBI Agent Requirements

  • Must be a Filipino citizen and of good moral character, with excellent physical and mental health
  • Must be a Lawyer or a CPA
  • At least 5’5’’ (males) or 5’3’’ (females)
  • At least 25 years old but not more than 35
  • Must have a very good vision (normal range)
  • Must have no pending criminal, civil or administrative cases and charges and never convicted any crime
  • Must have no tattoo marks or body piercings
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photo credit: NBI

Why Lawyer and CPA? Simply because an agent must have expertise, knowledge and experience in Accounting, Finance, Law, Law Enforcement, Political Science and Intelligence in solving cases and critical cases. Qualified agents are also sent to special training to prepare them in the field and more diversified experience.

They will also be trained to learn more about crime management, investigative experience, military experience, foreign language proficiency, engineering, computer science, information technology, Physics expertise and a lot more skills and expertise to different important fields involved with investigation techniques.

The NBI is a wing of the Department of Justice so expect lawyers, CPAs, finance and political people in your department.

How much is the salary of NBI Agents in the Philippines?

Basic salary of NBI Agents entry level used to be P18,000 per month but now it is in the range of P32,000 for the special investigator and around P37,000 for the NBI agents. (data may change after this post was published). Because you are working in the government, you are also entitled to the benefits of a government employee including 13th month pay, allowances, GSIS benefits and retirement benefits, PAGIBIG (HDMF) benefits and the like.

NBI agents salary will increase as they are promoted to higher salary grade or when an EO (Executive Order) about increase of salary is released.

Where to apply for NBI Agents Job?

Apply at the Personnel Department of NBI Main located at

NBI Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita Manila

or email: director@nbi.gov.ph

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Requirements and data may change after the publication of this post. Always do your own research before applying. Good luck!

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519 thoughts on “How to Become an NBI Agent? – Requirements and Salary”

  1. Hello po. I’m a CPA and I aspire to be an agent in the Bureau. However, my height does not fit to the requirement. I’m female by the way. Is there an alternative so that I can still qualify for a position?
    I really want to join NBI.

    Thank you for noticing and God bless!

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    • This is not a typical employment trainings. You will undergo rigorous exams prior to training. The training will be done in Baguio for a couple of months. Visit NBI Main in Taft or any NBI Regional office near you for the requirements.

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    • Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to know who among you are also waiting for the neuro exam schedule for this batch (2020)? I’m done with the other tests already and just waiting for the neuro and panel (hopefully). Im a CPA by profession by the way.

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    • Hi Nel? Any news regarding your application? Were you able to take the neuro examination na ba? Im also an applicant for this batch.

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  2. Hi sir Mat/ Sir MP. Thanks for always taking time to answer our queries. Tanong ko lang po sana kung possible pa ba maka-secure ng age waiver ang kagaya kong 38 yrs old na. Saka magbibigay po ba sila ng 2nd chance kung bumagsak na ako sa neuro exam nung first take ko 2 years ago. I am a Certified Public Accountant, a recent Certified Fraud Examiner passer and MBA candidate.

    Thanks in advance po. God bless you always.

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    • Bro, how are you now? Don’t give up with your dream. I failed the exam as well last 2017, I asked for a reconsideration last July 2020.. and now here I am one of the pool of candidates for the academy this batch na. Give it another try!

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  3. Hi Sir. I met all the minimum requirements for NBI agents except for the minor tattoo mark I have at my back. Would there still be a chance to be admitted in the profession? Thank you!

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    • Hi!! im a criminology student who is color blind and have a bad eye sight and i want to become a member of the NBI one day after my course. The question is can i become a NBI agent ? even though i have a bad eye sight and i am color blind thanks!!

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  4. Hello po, can a criminologist become a nbi agent? na meet ko po lahat ng basic qualifications pwera lang sa pagiging lawyer or cpa. Tnx po sa reply.

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  5. Hi Atty. Mat,

    1. What if a CPA got below 80% board rating, would he be considered?
    2. What if a CPA candidate failed in neuro-psychiatric exam, would he still be considered in a second try?
    3. What if a lawyer got below 80% bar rating, would he still be considered?
    4. What if a CPA-lawyer got below 80% board and bar ratings, would he be considered?

    Hope these all be answered. Thanks.

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  6. Hello, everyone. I’m Kris, I’m a CPA, I meet all the minimum qualifications to apply as an agent, I’m turning 25 this Dec 2019, would it be possible to apply thru email ? And what concerns me most is that, I would like to know if NBI academy still requires incoming female trainees to cut their hair? Thank you for your feedbacks.

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    • Hey,

      It would be better if you personally go to the NBi Academy Office at Taft to submit your requirements. You may also drop by at NBI Regional/District Offices near you for inquiries. Cheers and goodluck!

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  7. Hello, Im paul, i am a CPA, i just mailed my application letter in NBI Taft last July 4, 2019. as of today wala pa akon natatanggap na information if nabasura ba yung application ko. If allowed lng poh bah tumawag at follow-up ng status ng application ko. Meron poh bah kayong contact number na pwede kong tawagan? salamat.

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      • Confirm ko lng poh, tatawag yung training division sa cellphone number na inilagay ko sa attached Personal Data Sheet ko. Estimate nyu poh, mga kelan ako tatawagan? maraming salamat poh talaga.

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    • With due respect sa mga nagtatanong, okay lang naman magtanong pero huwag naman pati tungkol sa actual training etc. It is for you to find out and make it a challenge. Sa mga agents naman na sumasagot, do not spoon-feed. Mawawala iyong essence ng training if ididisclose na ninyo lahat.

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  8. Hi. Tim here. 30 yrs old. I’m a CPA. Nagcomment na rin ako before. Took the neuro last 2016, failed. Nagapply ulit ako however I never heard back. I still want to be part of the bureau. Kahit sa mga lesser positions willing ako, “Intelligence Agent” or “Intelligence Officer”, lang and the likes, with a salary way below what NBI agents get. Kahit ako lagi una or pointman sa mga raids, or guard duty whatever, anytime anywhere, I’m that guy. Just let me be part of the team. Naglolaw rin ako ngayon and working at the same time. Will gladly give all of those up, basta tanggapin niyo lang ako.

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  9. Hi everyone,
    Im on the last stage of panel interview and soon will undergo training in Baguio.

    Would anybody know whether or not they will issue laptop to each trainees in the camp?

    Thank you

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  10. Hi! I just passed the criminologist board examination and very interested po talaga akong pumasok sa law enforcement at NBI po talaga yung agency na gusto kong pasukan. Problem is, during college may mga binagsak akong subjects (algebra and trigo witch is my weaknesses) and I think hindi pasok sa 84 yung general weighted average ko kasi iniiyakan po talaga namin yung subjects and profs namin sa university namin (as in ang taas po ng standards). Although during the board exams medyo mataas po yung nakuha kong average and nabigyan ako ng certificate kasi (medyo) mataas nga po yung average ko. Pwede po kaya yun mag suffice sa kulang ko? Haha and under age pa ako. Balak ko din kumuha ng masters degree habang naghihintay kaso di ako sure kung matatakpan po nun yung gaps ko sa requirements.

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  11. Hi, question po for those who have undergone training in Baguio 🙂

    I have a friend who might join the training in Baguio this year and ask ko lang po, I am expecting na bawal ang cellphone doon, so I am preparing hand-written letters para basahin niya while he’s on training.

    Is there any restrictions po for trainees to bring any form of paper? or hand-written letters? or at least, notebooks?

    Silly question pero please help me..para sa peace of mind..thank you 🙂

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  12. Hi Everyone,
    I am also just doing research about how to become a NBI Special Investigator, the position for Non Lawyers and Non CPAs. I’m an ECE graduate and a CS Professional Passer. I saw on the requirements for Special Investigator that you must have 84% average w/ no failing grades on your TOR, and also the eye sight requirements should be normal range. The thing is I fail those two, I have some failing grades and I wear glasses. So, with that in mind, what is the chance or is there a chance for me to get considered for this position? Thank you so much for your help.

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  13. Hello po. I am doing a research about NBI trainees. Pag pasok po ba nila sa academy, need din po ba i-shave ang buhok nila tulad sa pnpa?
    Thank you

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  14. Hello Sir Mat. I just took the neuro exam this May. Unfortunately, I failed. Is it true that I only have one (1) retake chance of neuro for the rest of my life or one after 6 months? Then if hindi pa din pasado mag apply nalang ulit after how many years until maipasa? And ilang take din pwede sa written exam? I am a CPA and I am struggling when is the best time to retake the process especially the neuro. Please advise what should I do.

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    • Hi Cris,

      Yung neuro exam yun na ba yung aptitude/battery test? Yun ba yung 4 days na dapat itake? Before ba magneuro may physical/medical exam muna for eyes and checking of the basic requirements? May I know how long is the process from the day you submitted your requirements to the day you took the neuro exam?

      Thank you.

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    • Sir we have the same situation. I took the neuro exam last January 2018 which I unfortunately failed. I was requesting for re-examination but they said it is not allowed anymore. We only have one chance to pass the neuro exam. You need to secure an exceptional approval from the academy bago ka makapag re-take ng neuro exam. Sad for me I am turning 36 this year making me ineligible. Maybe working in the Bureau is really not meant for me. But I am still praying for His blessing and guidance. Good luck further .

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  15. Hi po. I am a CPA and I am planning to apply as NBI Agent. May I know how long will the process take? Tsaka ano po yung series of exams na ginagawa? Gusto ko pong malaman para maplano ko po yung pagfile ko ng leave.

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    • Good Day sir, i Have a normal range eyesight but unfortunately I failed to Ishihara test but I can distinguish colors naman poh. DQ ba auomatic yun?

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    • Yes, it’s fine if you’re a lawyer/CPA. Not sure about non-lawyers/non-CPAs. Just make sure you can still function well in case your glasses fall or break.

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  16. Hi Sir Mat,

    I am a CPA qualified to become NBI agent (as per your initial qualifications) and submitted my application, resume and requirements on 10 July 2017 to the NBI main office. I do not have any backer but I really am interested to become an NBI agent for any departments. I have financial audit and IT audit work experiences in SGV & Co. I hope that my application will be seen and considered. By any chance, I hope you can contact me in my email address indicated here. Thank you for your consideration.

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      • Hey,

        Why do you ask what Batch i belong? I’m sorry but i prefer to not disclose it over here. 🙂 I hope you understand.

        Cheers!

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        • Sir may importanteng tanong lang ako. Graduating ako sa kursong Criminology balak ko sanang magtuloy ng Law para makapasok sa NBI. As you know being a criminology mejo naging siraulo at pabaya sa pagaaral kaya nagkabagsak ako many times pwde pba ako magapply as long as magiging member ako ng Philippine Bar? Plss reply sir.

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      • Sir Mat Tan can I have a chance of becoming a NBI SI if im 23 years of age graduate of Criminology and i have passed the licensure with the average of 86.15 and i also passed the napolcom examination. My problem is the age requirement, i have all the local clearances and im planning to submit my requirements as soon as possible. Im from bicol region and i am willing to travel to manila to inquire at the NBI main.

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        • Hey there,

          Just drop by at the Legazpi Regional Office or Naga District Office, or if you are in Manila, feel free to visit the NBI Academy Office at NBI Main Building, Taft Avenue, Manila and bring with you all the necessary documents. But i do think you wont get past the age requirement. They will ask you to come back when you are 25. However, there is no harm in trying. Best of luck!

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    • Hi. I suggest you call nbi academy to follow up for your application. Matagal na maxado ung july. Aq august aq nagsubmit and to think galing pa aq sa province at wala din aqng backer. Im just diligent sa pagtawag sa academy and God willing, i am lucky enough to be included in this year’s training. Hindi ko rin iniexpect pero pag lagi ka kasing nagfafollow up jan din nila makikita ang willingness mo.

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      • Hi Lia!

        Do you have a direct line sa NBI academy?I tried to follow up kasi and ipinapasa2 lng po ako. I’m planning na nga to visit the NBI Manila and follow up this December kasi mahirap mag follow up through phone. Can we have a number po dun sa NBI Academy?I submitted mid September po. Thank you po in advance!^^

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      • Hi po.. Thank u po sa advice nyo.. Ask ko lng po, nung nag submit kau complete as in complete tlga requirements? I found out kc kulang requirements ko so im thinking kaya hindi pinrocess..

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        • Hi Mary Cris!

          I’m a CPA as well.. Nung nag submit ako, complete na talaga lahat ng requirements. In my case, one reason din why I have not follow up seriously and diligently yet is I believe I’m not fully prepared physically yet. I’m fit but I want to max out my capacity muna. I’m planning to visit NBI Manila this month or by January.

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      • Hi Lia. Tanong ko lang sana kung pwede mong i-disclose. Ano-anong pinapagawa sa agility tests at ilan ang required repetitions/ max time. Saka sa basic training sa Baguio sobrang strenous ba ng physical training kagaya ng sa PMA? Thanks in advance at goodluck sa training.

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        • Hi. Training has already started. As per sir mat, mentally stressnot so in physical like pma and other trainings. Pro pag pinagsbay ang mental sa physical kahit light lng ang physical magiging heavy na din xa.

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        • Hey Ashleen,

          Walang specific date ang training. Basta magkaroon lang ng qualified pool of applicants, pwede na magstart ang training. However, the application process is quite long. In my case, I waited for about 4 months before i got called to take the preliminary examination (like an aptitude/battery test), then another 6 months before i got qualified for the training proper. I resigned from my previous company when i was able to pass the Neuro Psychiatric Examination. Anyway, best of luck sayo!

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      • Hey Lia,

        Im one of your seniors na nagwelcome sainyo sa Academy last December 2017. Haha. Congrats! See you sa field. Always keep safe! Cheers!

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        • Hi Sir,

          I tooked the neuro psychiatric exam last June 2018, atfer the exam sabi po wait na lng result,. Until now still waiting for the result.

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          • Hi. Matagal na yung waiting period mo. Have you texted them? Ako kasi I took the neuro exam last September 2018. About 2 weeks after, lumabas na rin agad yung result.

  17. Hi, I will meet most of the requirements for Special Investigator except for No failed grades. Can they still consider my application if I have 2 failed grades before in College? Thank you!

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  18. Good day Sir! I’m a senior high school student, and I’m going to take forensic psychology when I enter college. And we were asked to make a resume, and put the agency that we’re planning to work at. If I’m going to enter your agency as a forensic psychologist, what specific position can I have? And who is the person that I should look for and put at my resume? Thank you po 🙂 pa reply po please

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  19. Good afternoon po! I’m actually still a highschool student but I want to become an nbi agent after school. I just want to ask, what strand for senior highschool should I take? can I still apply as an nbi agent even if I will take criminology for college? I’m struggling on deciding what course should I take. Please reply. Thanks!

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