Category Archives: Training

Support the 2015 NFSTC ROTC Internship

Shooting a fingerprint on a phoneEach year since 2009, NFSTC has offered a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship for 12 ROTC Cadets from around the country. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, NFSTC has provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command. Since we started, more than 70 Cadets have been to NFSTC and learned skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s security forces.

This year we have launched a campaign to allow companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support will show your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

IMG_2665Learn more about giving opportunities at, or download more information here:

  Support the 2015 NFSTC Cadet Internship

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!

Follow along with the cadet class in July via NFSTC’s Facebook page.


New online course! Intro to Forensic Biology

There’s more to running a successful crime lab than the TV shows would lead you to believe. Real-life crime laboratories require safe and effective practices that are both scientific and administrative in nature. These two concepts go hand-in-hand because if your findings aren’t accurately recorded and analyzed, investigations can be compromised.

NFSTC’s new online course, Introduction to Forensic Biology, provides training in techniques for characterization of body fluids and biological materials. Information is presented through an interactive design and instructional videos in this 2.5 hour course.

Special Features:

  • Ask an Expert (get your questions answered by an experienced forensic biologist)
  • Instructional videos
  • Printable job aids
  • Pre- and post-assessments to measure your progress

This course can be taken at your own pace and students will have access for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (Score of 75% or greater).

Learn more about NFSTC newest online course here.

New course! Online Digital Crime Scene Photography now open

Digital photo screen shotWhen it comes to documenting evidence, nothing beats good quality photographs. A decent camera is important, but the skills and knowledge of the photographer are critical to getting scene and evidence photographs that will be useful to investigation.

NFSTC’s newly expanded Digital Crime Scene Photography course is available online to help you get the critical knowledge and skills you need to capture fair and accurate photographic documentation of any scene. This 6-hour course covers everything from digital camera basics and lighting strategies to methods used to capture images of impression evidence and bloodstains.

Special Features:

  • Ask an Expert (get your questions answered by a certified evidence photographer)
  • Camera Simulation
  • Printable job aids
  • Pre- and post-tests to measure your progress

Learn to ‘paint with light’ and capture a drop of water in motion through interactive challenges and exercises. There’s even a camera simulator to help you practice adjusting camera settings to obtain examination-quality photographs. In addition, learn how a crime scene photographer should prepare for courtroom testimony.

This is a self-paced course is only $79, and students will have access for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (Score of 75% or greater).

Learn more about NFSTC newest online course here.



NFSTC partners with J3Seven to provide exploitation training in Australia

Site Exploitation TrainingNFSTC and J3Seven (Australia) have teamed up to provide Australian forces with tactical site exploitation training that enhances field skills. Military operators, first responders and intelligence organizations in Australia will have a one-stop shop for the tools and skills required to conduct successful operations.

Site Exploitation (SE) training is an intensive techniques course to prepare operators for intelligence gathering opportunities at sensitive or tactical sites. Students are trained to use selected technologies and return to the field with proficiency and hands-on experience. In addition to techniques, trainees gain skill and experience implementing best practices for identifying, handling and collecting evidence. They learn to recognize the intelligence value of evidence and to perform basic forensic analysis.

A wide range of topics can be included in SE training, such as digital photography, site documentation and inventory, material collection techniques, pattern evidence, post blast investigation, biometrics collection, cell phone and computer exploitation (DOMEX and CELLEX), latent print collection and more.

J3Seven is the only company in Australia dedicated to providing Australian government organizations with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) equipment to combat the threat of these hazards. Both companies have experience in Special Operations both domestically and internationally. J3Seven’s mission in Australia is to seek the best equipment to add range and improve capabilities. They provide push-button product training, live agent field training, and an Australian equipment service center to ensure the equipment is available when it is needed.

J3Seven and NFSTC are proud to offer courses in tactical and sensitive site exploitation, CBRN forensics and sampling. For information in Australia, please contact J3Seven (+61 7 4038 2210). For US inquiries, contact

NFSTC to host EPA Meth Lab Training in March

NFSTC will host the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Methamphetamine Laboratory Awareness and Operations Training Program for First Responders on March 25 and 26, 2014. Tuition for this 2-day program is free and registration is on a first come, first served basis for first responders in various agencies in the Tampa Bay area.
The clandestine production of methamphetamine is growing at an alarming rate across the country. Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories (meth labs) range from crude makeshift operations to highly sophisticated facilities. They can be set up almost anywhere and are often found in private residences, apartments, trailers, automobiles, campgrounds, and hotel and motel rooms. EPA recognizes that meth labs pose a significant threat to human health and the environment and strives to ensure that first responders are well prepared to respond to these labs.

Date: March 25 – 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (both days)

For more information:

  EPA Meth Training Info_March 2014_Largo

To register, fill out the application form below and send it to the email address listed.

  EPA Meth Training Reg Form_March_2014_Largo

NFSTC’s facilities include training rooms, hands-on scenario training sets and video production studios to ensure realistic and successful training experiences. NFSTC also provides online training for law enforcement or the general public. The Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation and Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation courses are affordable, self-paced classes ideal for the practitioner or the forensic science enthusiast. No application is required. Click here for information on these courses.