Online Course: Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation

The NFSTC is now offering a new online course, "Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation," that provides expanded skills and knowledge for investigators, students interested in pursuing forensic science, corrections agencies, death investigators, tribal agencies and anyone interested in more advanced evidence collection techniques.

This course takes approximately 16 hours to complete. Users will have access to the course for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (75% assessment score).

Intermediate CSI goes beyond basic skills to cover situations investigators don’t see every day. Without the necessary skills and awareness, critical evidence could be lost.

Some of the most popular skills featured in this course are:

  • Casting footwear under water (submerged or partially submerged)
  • Lifting finger prints from skin
  • Bloodstain/Blood Pattern Analysis documentation
  • Footwear and Tire Track measurement and photography
  • The course even includes do-it-yourself experiment ideas to help students or agency teams practice new skills.

Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation modules:

  1. Course overview
  2. Specialized evidence recovery techniques, including more in depth latent print techniques
  3. Field testing procedures
  4. Specialized documentation
  5. Forensic light source techniques
  6. Evidence submission and analysis techniques
  7. Case studies (Evidence prioritization concepts)
  8. Scenario-based knowledge check

More than 300 professionals have taken this course, which includes eight modules on specialized evidence recovery techniques, field testing, documentation, forensic light sources, evidence submission and analysis, evidence prioritization, and a scenario-based knowledge check. A pre-test helps students evaluate their improvement.

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