Category Archives: Training

Medicolegal Death Investigator training is closed

The online Medicolegal Death Investigator course, Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators, is now closed to new applicants.  Those currently taking the course will be required to complete their study by June 30, 2013.

If you are looking for basic crime scene training, NFSTC’s Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation online course is now available with no application required. This course, developed for new crime scene investigators and law enforcement first responders, offers a step-by-step introduction to scene processing and evidence collection. An introduction to crime scene photography is also included. Visit our online training page for more information.
Keep in touch with NFSTC on Facebook and Twitter.  In addition, the NFSTC YouTube channel contains presentations, a virtual tour of our training facilities and the new Forensic Update, our bi-weekly summary of what’s new in forensic science.

Intro to Crime Scene Investigation now available online

Affordable, anytime training for essential CSI skills

evidence numbers at a crime sceneCrime scene investigators, agencies and those interested in forensic skills across the country can now purchase Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, a 16-hour online course. The convenient and highly-rated course provides a consistent training base to get new investigators up and running quickly.

Trainees get access to the course for just $129 and have up to 60 days to complete their study. 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.

To date, 450 investigators have completed the course, which has received remarkably positive feedback with more than 99% responding that they have been able to use their new skills and knowledge immediately.  Offering the course on a broader scale will allow more investigators to have this training option―especially now that many agencies have had to cut training and travel budgets significantly.

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.

More information and sign up details can be found at Online Course: Intro to CSI.

Apply now for online Medicolegal Death Investigation course

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. For similar course content, we recommend Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (1/1-/2-14)
The online Medicolegal Death Investigation course, Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators, is now open.  The purpose of this program is to provide medicolegal death investigators with general knowledge of the scope and application of the forensic sciences within the criminal justice system, including crime scene processing and photography, latent fingerprint processing, controlled substances analysis, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, firearm and tool mark collection and preservation, trace evidence analysis, fire debris analysis, explosives and explosive device identification, and forensic biology (serology/DNA).
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) developed this program in partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  The training is provided online at no-cost to eligible forensic and criminal justice practitioners actively involved in medicolegal death investigation, including medical examiners and coroners.

Earn ABMDI Continuing Education Credits

American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) continues to offer continuing education credits for this program. Trainees successfully completing the online coursework (80 % or higher on final assessment) are eligible to apply for up to 16 credit hours.

Application Instructions

For full course information, eligibility requirements and application details, please download the full announcement:


Qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance status within five (5) business days. If you were approved to take this course previously but did not complete it, you may reapply. Trainees are expected to complete the course within sixty (60) days of enrollment. This course is offered for a limited time based on seat availability and all coursework will end on or before September 30, 2013.

Medicolegal Death Investigation Training, Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators, is funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Cooperative Agreement Award #2011-DN-BX-K568.

NFSTC launches YouTube channel

NFSTC's YouTube ChannelNow NFSTC has made it even easier to access presentations from some of the world’s leading forensic science experts.

Our new YouTube channel contains more than 380 videos recorded at conferences, lectures and technology transition workshops. From presentations on emerging laboratory tools to discussions of key techniques that helped solve real-world cases, this is a treasure trove of information for today’s forensic science practitioner. And it’s all available free!

Subscribe to the channel and get notified each time we upload a new video:

(To help you easily browse the collection by topic, sorting by Playlist is recommended.)

Registration now open for 2013 ICAC-SIT: Cell Phone Collection, Investigation and Law classes

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Special Investigative Techniques (SIT) – Cell Phone Investigation, Collection and Law course is now open for registration for all 2013 classes. The three-day, hands-on program delivered by NFSTC and HTCI is offered at no cost to ICAC Task Force members and other investigators and will be held multiple times at locations throughout the country.

Class size is limited to 18 participants. Applicants must obtain approval from their local ICAC Task Force Commander in order to attend. There is no prerequisite for this course; however, participants should have a working knowledge of the Internet and basic computer skills.

For information on course dates and locations or to register for a course, visit the HTCI page on the ICAC Task Force training portal at or download the flyer below.

  ICAC-SIT 2013 Informational Flyer

Candidate selection and notification to approved participants will occur shortly after the registration deadline for each course. Preference will be given to ICAC Task Force members from the surrounding area.

For questions or additional information, please contact Abby Meyer at or call (727) 549‐6067, ext. 118.

This training is made possible through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, award number 2010 MCCXK063.