Category Archives: Training

New Classes: Essentials of CSI Training

NFSTC e-learning_imageThis training program is designed to introduce law enforcement personnel to the fundamental principles of crime scene investigation, including techniques used to recover a variety of high value items of evidence. The 40 hour course includes 16 hours of prerequisite online theoretical course work and 24 hours of hands‐on instructor led practical activities conducted at NFSTC, in Largo, FL. Participants will be required to complete online course work, assignments and assessments prior to attending the onsite practical instruction.

Who should attend?

  • Newly-assigned crime scene investigators
  • CSI examiners with less than 3 years crime scene investigation experience who have not attended a formal crime scene training course
  • Law enforcement first responders

 Applications are being accepted for April/May training sessions and must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

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NFSTC adds dates to the Forensic Biological Screening Workshop series

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, is hosting a series of Forensic Biology Screening Workshops.   The target audience for these workshops is crime scene investigators in training, or with less than one year of experience. Candidates with more experience would be selected on a case-by-case basis and as space allows. 

A series of these workshops will be held at the NFSTC in Largo, FL (Tampa Bay area). The next workshop will be held:

  • January 11-15, 2010
  • February 1-5, 2010
  • March 8-12, 2010
  • April 12-16, 2010

This workshop is hosted by the NFSTC at no cost to participants or their agencies.  Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations are included and participants will be reimbursed at the standard government per diem for the duration of the workshop.

The workshop curriculum includes a written and a practical assessment.  A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who pass both evaluations. Participants not passing one or both of the evaluations will receive a certificate of attendance.

Workshop attendees must agree to the following:

  • Participate fully in class discussions.
  • Participate fully in laboratory exercises.
  • Participate in written and practical assessments.

To nominate a representative(s) from your agency, please visit   



Forensic DNA Training Now Available Online in Spanish

The National Institute of Justice’s Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court training is now available online in Spanish at no charge.

This interactive training tool is designed to assist prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges to understand the processes involved in DNA analysis and the potential effect it may have in cases in which forensic DNA is an issue.

This interactive training program is delivered in fifteen modules.

Access the Spanish language course.
Access the English language course.

NFSTC Provides Key Training to Military

MilitaryForensicsNFSTC recently completed a two-week, hands-on Site Exploitation course for military service members. Participants in the course gained critical skills to identify, prioritize and collect evidence, and perform presumptive testing on powders, explosive materials and controlled substances.

“By using forensic techniques to analyze the evidence found at a site, warfighters can get a much better understanding of the types of activities that suspects are engaged in and help determine whether or not they are a threat,” said CEO Kevin Lothridge.

 With this key training, the newly-trained military service members have the forensic skills they need to identify terrorist activities and make the best decisions possible on the battlefield.