Individuals who are:
- Looking for a career in crime scene investigation
- Currently in the field of crime scene investigation who would like to further develop their skills and expertise
- Law enforcement
What You'll Learn
- Be confident and knowledgeable in performing crime scene investigations.
- Understand the basics of crime scene management including the proper collection and preservation of evidence, and chain-of-custody issues.
- Have the technical skills to sample, photograph and recover evidence at a crime scene.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in law enforcement, justice departments or government. They might include:
- Crime scene investigator
- Crime scene technician
- Police identification specialist
- Forensic scientist
CSI positions are most often found in law enforcement agencies. Prior to employment, a background check consisting of employment history, professional references, criminal check and educational verification may be conducted. All applicants
will be required to pass the background check to the satisfaction of the Department or agency conducting the hiring.
Here's a look at some common background check disqualifiers. Generally, job candidates are most commonly dropped from consideration for one or more of the following:
- Felony convictions
- Past or current drug use
- Credit issues
- Dishonorable discharge from military service
- Falsification or untruthfulness on the application
- Poor work history
- Past or current gang affiliations
- Undetected crimes
- Problematic driving history
- Domestic violence
“The CSI Professional Certificate Program gave me hands-on training and provided the knowledge and skills to start my career as a Forensics Technician. Each instructor contributed to my success by building a solid foundation. The well-recognized program is exceptional and without it, I would not be where I am today!”
Evidence Unit Intern
Riverside Police Department
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- High school education or equivalent
International Association for Identification (IAI)
- Crime Scene Certification Courses in the UCR Extension Professional Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation qualify as approved instruction. For other qualification details, please visit the IAI requirements page.
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Crime Scene Management
Fingerprint Techniques and Impression Evidence
Forensic Report Writing
Crime Scene Photography
Autopsy: Medicolegal Death Investigation
Survey of Criminalistics
Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Blood Stain Pattern Analysis
Crime Scene Investigation Practicum
Courtroom Testimony Fundamentals
“Most of my 32 years in law enforcement involved criminal investigations. CSIs and Forensic Scientists are vital in the criminal justice system, striving daily to bring criminals to justice, and closure to victims and their families. I enjoy helping students learn the practical elements of crime scene investigation, and helping them become more competitive in the forensic science job market.”
UCR Police Department
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