Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Program Approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU) from ABMDI®

NFSTC is pleased to announce that the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) is offering Continuing Education Units for NFSTC’s Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Program. ABMDI has approved the online course for 16 hours of CEUs and an additional 16 CEU hours for completion of the onsite instructor-led course, which is comprised of approximately 24 hours of lecture, demonstration and hands-on activities. Those who successfully complete both courses are eligible for a total of 32 CEU hours from the ABMDI.

The ABMDI is a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent professional certification board that was established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators. ABMDI certifies individuals who have the proven knowledge and skills necessary to perform medicolegal death investigations as set forth in the National Institute of Justice publication, Death Investigation: a Guide for the Scene Investigator.

The purpose of this program is to provide medical examiners, coroners, and medicolegal death investigators with general knowledge of the scope and application of forensic sciences within the criminal justice system. To date, 149 students have enrolled to take the online course and 25 have attended an onsite capstone session.

The training is provided in partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) under a Cooperative Agreement Award (#2009-DN-BX-K197) and is offered to eligible coroners and medicolegal death investigators. The training program will be completed as of May 31, 2011.