The Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program (CSTCP) is a series of six fundamental courses that introduce vital components of crime scene investigation. Participants are required to attend and successfully pass all six courses to receive their certificate. Upon completion of the program, participants will have exceeded the minimum requirements necessary to apply for national crime scene certification. All six courses of the program will be held at the Criminal Justice Institute.

Nominations for the next session must be submitted by November 1, 2023. Nomination letters should be addressed to Dr. Cheryl May from your Chief of Police, Sheriff, Department Head or Director indicating how your participation in this program will benefit your agency, that your agency will provide all required photography equipment, and that he/she will support your attendance as well as ensure, to the best of their ability, your participation in all six courses.

WEEK ONE: Crime Scene Management/Crime Scene Photography
WEEK TWO: Crime Scene Sketching, Note Taking and Report Writing

WEEK THREE: Latent Print Processing

WEEK FOUR: Impression Evidence

WEEK FIVE: Biological and Trace Evidence

WEEK SIX: Crime Scene Investigation

CSTCP Photography Equipment Requirements: 
Photography skills are critical in crime scenes and evidence documentation. each department must provide its agency representative a minimum amount of photography equipment to ensure successful participation in the program. The minimum photography equipment required for participation in CSTCP are:

• Adjustable Digital Camera
• Tripod
• Detachable Flash
• PC Cord
• Spare Batteries for Camera and Flash
• Macro lens
• Filters (yellow, orange, red, and polarizing)

o This is a 135-hour class.
o This class earns credits in our Degree Program.
o This program is included in our membership program.

Class hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

For more information, call Annette Tracy: (501) 570-8061 and