Free Online Training

NFSTC provides a wealth of forensic training materials at The resources include seminars, workshops and courses designed to provide a greater understanding of forensic science principles and practices for law enforcement, forensic science practitioners and other investigators, and are available at no charge.

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Biological Screening Workshop

This four-and-a-half-day seminar and workshop teaches the principles of screening for blood, semen, saliva and other biological fluids. The platform includes lectures, demonstrations and interactive exercises along with a comprehensive overview of the laboratory and instruction on presenting biological screening evidence findings.

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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

A resource tool for officers of the court – attorneys and the judiciary, to educate the legal community on issues that arise as a result of implementing and employing forensic DNA. This program is available online or on CD-ROM through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). To order, go to and search for publication # NCJ 212399.

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Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes

Designed for investigators and crime scene specialists and focuses on identifying, securing, documenting and preserving biological evidence recovered from a crime scene. The program is delivered in four modules: Types of Evidence, Crime Scenes, Evidence Collection and Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

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Firearms examination graphicFirearm Examiner Training

Information addressed in this interactive training program is delivered in fourteen modules, including topics such as firearms history, manufacturing, ammunition, firearms and projectiles examination, evidence collection, gunshot residue, bullet comparisons and toolmarks.

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Medical Examiner Forensic Training

Information presented in this 2008 workshop is to provide Forensic Pathology Fellows with knowledge of the scope and application of forensic sciences within the Criminal Justice System including crime scene processing, toxicology, DNA, firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence, fire debris, controlled substances, latent fingerprints, forensic odontology, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology, explosives and courtroom testimony.

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Trace Evidence Symposium 2007, 2009 and 2011

To explore and improve the use of trace evidence throughout the criminal justice system, NIJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division host the Trace Evidence Symposium. Participants attend educational workshops, listen to plenary sessions and case presentations and learn more about the field.

Download presentations from past symposia online:

2007 Symposium | 2009 Symposium | 2011 Symposium

Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium 2010

The symposium was specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression and pattern evidence, law enforcement and legal communities. The symposium provided unique educational opportunities for impression and pattern evidence examiners to learn more about fingerprint examination, firearm and toolmark examination, footwear and tire track evidence, and quality assurance and reporting methods.

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Post Conviction DNA Case Management Symposium

This symposium served to bring together criminal justice practitioners from across the nation who would augment the development and implementation of post conviction DNA testing assistance programs within their State and local jurisdictions.

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Using and Presenting Digital Evidence in the Courtroom

This training, featuring mock trials, is designed to assist and instruct users in trying a case in which the key evidence is in digital form. The training is divided into modules that discuss the following topics: trial preparation, planning, and logistics (technical operation); trial preparation involving witnesses and evidence; evidence admissibility; evidence presentation; supplemental trial-phase tips; lessons learned; and exhibits and links.

This training is available via CD ROM from NCJRS.

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