General Forensics Certificate

The American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF), through continuing education at Central Piedmont, 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 American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF) through continuing education at Central Piedmont offers a professional certificate program in General Forensics. You are awarded this certificate as long as you complete the following classes within 10 years. This certificate covers a minimum number of 248 training hours, with 216 hours of core courses and a minimum of 32 hours of electives.

Law Enforcement Professional Certificate 

The AAAF offers a professional certificate in General Forensics, awarded after completing the following classes:

Required core classes:

  • FRN 7822 Legal Issues of Crime Scene Searches (16 hours)
  • FRN 7920 Basic Crime Scene Photography (24 hours)
  • FRN 7815 Basic Crime Scene Academy (40 hours)
  • FRN 7813 Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (40 hours) or                                           
  • FRN 7818 Shooting Reconstruction (32 hours)
  • FRN 7826 Flies, Foliage, and Features (24 hours)
  • FRN 7913 Death Investigation 101 (40 hours)
  • FRN 7928 Child Death Investigation (16 hours)
  • FRN 7936 Criminal Profiling and Processing Homicides (24 hours)

Plus any two of the following electives:

  • FRN 7816 Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (40 hours)
  • FRN 7827 Serial Number Restoration (24 hours)
  • FRN 7843 Firearms Injury and Distance Determination (24 hours)
  • FRN 7907 Crime Scene Photography - Part 1 (40 hours) Online
  • FRN 7908 Crime Scene Photography - Part 2 (40 hours) Online
  • FRN 7909 Crime Scene Photography - Part 3 (40 hours) Online
  • FRN 7959 Basic Drone Flight Operations (16 hours)
  • FRN 7961 FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam Prep Course (16 hours)
  • FRN 7970 Introduction to Remotely Operated Vehicles (16 hours)