General Forensics Overview
AAAF uses the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) model, Every Scene, Every Time as a foundation for its General Forensics curriculum.
The program is designed to prepare the generalist crime scene investigator as well as provide advanced training for the veteran and specialist crime scene investigator. Courses are taught by nationally known forensic experts in such fields as bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, crime scene photography and numerous facets of latent evidence.
All General Forensics training is conducted in compliance with the standards of recognized national professional associations including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Identification, National Board of Death Investigators, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Program and National Association of Medical Examiners.
The AAAF offers a Professional Certificate in General Forensics. Students will be awarded this certificate upon completion of the following classes:
Required Core Classes:
FRN 7815 - Basic Crime Scene Academy (80 hours)
FRN 7813 - Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (40 hours)
FRN 7818 - Shooting Reconstruction (40 hours)
FRN 7821 - Advanced Shooting Reconstruction (40 hours)
FRN 7826 - Flies, Foliage and Features (24 hours)
FRN 7926 - Forensic Death Investigation (16 hours) or FRN7928 Child Death Investigations (16 hours)
PLUS any (2) of the following electives:
FRN 7884 - Fundamentals of Fingerprint Evidence (24 hours) ONLINE
FRN 7847 - Introduction to IED's and Forensics Evidence (16 hours) ONLINE
FRN 7846 - Introduction to DNA Evidence for Law Enforcement (16 hours) ONLINE
FRN 7844 - Crime Scene Preservation & Ballistics Injury for EMS (8 hours)
FRN 7843 - Firearms Injury and Distance Determination (24 hours)
FRN 7827 - Serial Number Restoration Techniques (24 hours)
FRN 7928 - Child Death Investigation (16 hours)
FRN 7805 - Chemical Detection of Blood Evidence (8 hours)
FRN 7852 - Post Blast Crime Scene & Tool Mark Identification (32 hours)
FRN 7851 - Understanding the Value of Trace Evidence (40 hours) ONLINE
Upon completion of the required classes, the student must contact the Program Developer of General Forensics for the certificate.Up to (2) classes may be waived with approval from the Program Developer based on prior training. This professional development certificate is issued by the AAAF and is not degree program. This certificate is designed to show competency in a specific area and does not certify the student as a Crime Scene Officer.