General Forensics Certificate

The American Academy of Applied Forensics (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.

Professional Certificate 

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 7913 - Death Investigation 101 (40 hours)
  • FRN 7928 - Child Death Investigation (16 hours)
  • FRN 7917 - Documentation of Blood evidence (24 hours)

PLUS any (2) of the following electives:

  • FRN 7823 - Cold Case Investigation (24 hours)
  • FRN 7827 - Serial Number Restoration Techniques (24 hours)
  • FRN 7843 - Firearms Injury and Distance Determination (24 hours)
  • FRN 7846 - Introduction to DNA Evidence for Law Enforcement (16 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7847 - Introduction to IED's and Forensics Evidence (16 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7851 - Understanding the Value of Trace Evidence (40 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7884 - Fundamentals of Fingerprint Evidence (24 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7901 - Wound Injuries, Patterns and Analysis (40 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7902 - Gunshot Wounds & Forensic Evidence (40 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7905 - Investigation of Strangulation & Forensic Evidence (40 hours) ONLINE
  • FRN 7936 - Profiling and Processing Homicides (24 hours)

Upon completion of the required classes, the student must contact the program developer of General Forensics for the certificate. Up to two 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.