Crime Scene Investigation Skills Certificate

Division: Technology and Engineering


The Crime Scene Investigation Skills Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment as a crime scene investigator or field evidence technician in the law enforcement field. The program requires the completion of 17 units with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 or better for courses offered in the certificate program.

Required Courses (17 units):
AJ 092 FCrime Scene Investigation1
AJ 093 FDNA Genetic Fingerprinting0.5
AJ 096 FCAD/Crime Scene Application0.5
AJ 151 FPolice Report Writing3
AJ 222 FRules of Evidence3
AJ 223 FCriminal Investigation3
AJ 230 FCrime Scene Techniques3
PHOT 101 FIntroduction to Photography3
Total Units17

Outcome 1: Demonstrate crime scene investigation techniques and understanding of how to prepare follow-up reports.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques used in DNA, quantification (fingerprinting) and demonstrate understanding of the applications and limitations of DNA casework.

Outcome 3:  Identify the use of police reports as well as the importance of taking thorough notes and record a series of events in chronological order.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate criminal investigation techniques as they relate to particular offenses and basic characteristics, which the criminal investigator must process so that he/she may cope with the criminal offender. Outcome 5: Identify and discuss the two broad types of evidence encountered by law Enforcement officers and compare the differences between direct and circumstantial evidence.