Intro to Crime Scene Investigation Online Training Open for All

Largo, FL, May 15, 2013 --( Investigators, would-be forensic scientists, officers of the court and fans of television police and forensic science shows, can now take Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation online, a 16-hour online course developed by experts at the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC). The convenient and highly-rated course provides a training base to get new investigators up and running quickly, and provides a fascinating look into what it takes to investigate crime.

A variety of traditional crime scene training programs are available to investigators, but many require travel, enrollment in a university or pre-requisite courses. To conserve limited resources, agencies often train new investigators on the job instead. While this can be very effective, it can also mean instruction is inconsistent from department to department. By using a single source of training that was developed to meet widely accepted guidelines, NFSTC has created an online course that can provide investigators and interested learners with a solid understanding of theories, techniques and best practices.

Intro to Crime Scene Investigation includes nine modules covering crime scene management, evidence collection and handling, and documentation. In addition, students also take a four-module Introduction to Photography Course, one of the most important tools in the investigator’s skill set. Participants can purchase the course for just $129 and have up to 60 days to complete their study. The course content list can be found at

“We’ve had 450 investigators go through this course already, with remarkably positive feedback,” says Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “We’re pleased to now be able to offer the course on a broader scale so more people can take advantage of this training option.”

The training was developed according to guidelines recommended by the Technical Working Group on Crime Scene Investigation (TWGCSI), considered a benchmark for CSI skills. The course requires no pre-screening and successful participants receive a certificate of completion.

“Crime scene investigation and photography is such a crucial skill. Investigators deserve every opportunity to sharpen their proficiency,” added Lothridge.
National Forensic Science Technology Center
Chris Vivian