Corporate and Continuing Education

Public Safety (Non-Credit)

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Corporate and Continuing Education at Central Piedmont provides advanced and in-service training for all public safety professions. Offerings include the college's American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF), which provides state-of-the-art training in forensics for law enforcement, initial and continuing education opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and Paramedic Training.

The program includes state-mandated and in-service training for law enforcement, as well as advanced training topics. Thanks to a partnership with the Charlotte Fire Department, the college offers in-service training for Fire and Rescue municipal and volunteer agencies.

Public Safety Corporate and Continuing Education courses are typically offered at the Claudia Watkins Belk Center for Justice on the Merancus Campus.

If you are looking to earn college credit toward an associate degree, certificate, diploma, or to transfer to another institution, explore our degree programs.

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Corporate and Continuing Education courses at Central Piedmont are not offered for college credit, but in many cases continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded. 

Continuing education offerings can change. If a program or course you are interested in is not currently offered, contact Customer Service, 704.330.4223.

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Emergency Medical Technician

Fire Protection

  • General Information

    Central Piedmont offers Fire Protection In-Service Training for Fire and Rescue municipal and volunteer agencies. Courses are offered through Public Safety Corporate and Continuing Education to earn certifications. 

    The college also offers a curriculum (for college credit) program, in which you can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in fire protection technology.

  • Registration

    Effective Immediately — the North Carolina Community College System has mandated that all students/firefighters must complete a fire registration form prior to the first day of any class offered. 

    Email the completed registration form to Customer Service at or fax to 704.330.4222.  All students/fire fighters must sign the form. If the form is not received by the Customer Service Office before the start of class, the student/fire fighter will not be registered. 

Law Enforcement

American Academy of Applied Forensics

  • About the Academy

    The American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF) offers one of the most comprehensive applied forensics training curriculum in the country for law enforcement and medicolegal (coroners, doctors, nurses, etc.) investigative professionals. AAAF has over 80 different classes and provides a full range of in-service training in both general applied forensics and digital evidence. Recognized as a national leader in workforce development, the college received a series of Congressional appropriations to develop a state-of-the-art applied forensics program, then appointed the National Institute of Justice to administer funding for the Academy and oversee its planning and development. Courses in each area are taught by the nation’s leading forensic experts in state-of-the-art training laboratories and classrooms.


  • General Forensics Program

    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.

  • General Forensics: Instructors

    Buren Foster

    “Bernie”  is on the FBI Evidence Response Team in Charlotte and is the lead forensic photographer for the FBI in North Carolina. He teaches surveillance photography at the FBI academy at Quantico, VA, and has done forensic photography assignments in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the FBI Miami Division. His experience includes crime scenes, plane crashes, homicides, body recovery, and terrorism type cases. 

    Ross Gardner

    Ross is co-author of the text Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, with an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction, 2nd Edition,  and author of Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation. He is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a senior crime scene analyst who has served on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (RMABPA), Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR), and International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA). 

    Eddie Howell

    Eddie is a crime scene investigator with the Gaston County Police Department, where he was also a criminal investigations detective. His experience includes various types of crime scenes, homicides, body recovery, and death investigation cases. He has trained hundreds of students in various topics, including surveying use of force, digital evidence recovery, and criminal investigation.

    Lisa Mayhew

    Lisa has over 27 years of experience as a child development specialist in North Carolina, specializing in the 0-3 year population, children with special needs, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She provides training to local and state law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and has served as the child death investigator/trainer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2000. In addition, Lisa operates the Child Death Investigation Training Program in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy to assist agencies statewide involved in the investigation of child fatalities. 

    Don Mikko

    Don is currently president of Forensic Firearms Training Seminars, Inc., and a retired chief warrant officer who served in the United States Army. He spent most of his military career as a special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC). Don has served as a forensic firearm and toolmark examiner since 1990 and is an ASCLD/lab inspector and ISO 17025 assessor, certified by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) in all three forensic disciplines, which is extremely rare. He previously served as chief of the firearms branch at the United States Army Crime Laboratory (USACIL), Fort Gillem, GA, and as the director of the Atlanta Police Department Crime Laboratory. Don is an adjunct professor for Southern Griffin Technical College and is a member of multiple professional organizations, including AFTE, FBIINAA, IAI, IAA, and NRA. 

    Donald Rice

    Donald is a graduate of  the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate, who has worked continuously as a trial attorney since 2006. He has prosecuted  hundreds of cases — from driving while impaired and domestic violence to first degree murder — in both district and superior court. He works with local law enforcement agencies teaching in-service training and he has taught courses in evidence and constitutional law for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Gaston College.  

  • Digital Forensics: Program

    In today’s technologically advanced world, any crime scene can potentially harbor digital evidence: information stored in digital form that may be of evidentiary value in a criminal investigation. Today more than ever before, the identification, collection, and preservation of digital evidence are critical skills in crime scene processing and require forensically sound methodologies.

    AAAF uses the U.S. Department of Defense Computer Investigation Training Program (DCITP) as a model for its Digital Evidence curriculum. Using the DCITP model, AAAF has established one of the few comprehensive Digital Evidence training programs and state-of-the-art computer forensics teaching laboratories in the nation.

    AAAF’s Digital Evidence training curriculum provides training in three areas: incident response, hardware forensics, and network forensics, as well as a full range of related courses in  electronic forensics (surveillance devices and video), presentation of forensic evidence in court, and quality assurance in forensic investigations.

  • Digital Forensics: Instructors

    Chad Day

    Chad began working as a forensic scientist in 2004 for latent prints and crime scene investigation, and currently focuses his career on digital forensics. He has worked for the Wyoming State Crime Laboratory, the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, the Montana State Crime Laboratory, and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

    Chad is certified forensic computer examiner for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and a certified video technician for the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association.  He has completed the Advanced Micro Systemation XRY training curriculum, is a certified latent print examiner and a SANS certified penetration tester for the International Association for Identification. Chad holds a Master’s degree in digital forensic science. 

    Cary Gordy

    Cary is a digital forensics investigator for Wells Fargo. He began his law enforcement career in 2011 with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and has served as a Special Victims Unit detective/digital forensics investigator, where he was an officer of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. His credentials include a CCO (Cellebrite Certified Operator), CCPA (Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst), and GCFE (GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner, Global Information Assurance Certification).

    Steve Rose

    Steve is a certified law enforcement instructor and a sworn law enforcement officer for the Wilkesboro Police Department in North Carolina. He’s been with the department since 2004, and currently serves as information technology administrator, senior investigator, and cyber crime/computer forensics expert for the department. His career began in information technology at Ford Motor Company and in addition to his position with the Wilkesboro Police Department, he is also an information technology case expert and consultant for other law enforcement agencies. Steve holds certifications in advanced computer forensics, electronic crime scene investigation, and cell phone forensics. His experience in Information Technology began at Ford Motor company and heof responsibility in server and network design. 

  • Forensics (AAAF) Courses and Certificates

    Central Piedmont's offers Forensics courses as continuing education. Upon the successful completion of a course, you will receive an AAAF certificate. AAAF courses are accepted for Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates in North Carolina.

    If you have taken basic training at another school or training academy, you may take advanced courses with prior approval from the program director of that department. 

    The program does not offer curriculum courses for those looking to earn credit to transfer to another university or degree program. 

    Course Schedules 

    AAAF spring schedule (PDF)

    Digital Forensics 


    Drone Courses

    General Forensics 


    Forensics courses online

  • Registration and Fees

    To Register

    You must pre-register for AAAF classes (traditional classroom and online) at least 24 hours before the start of the class.

    Fee-waived NC Sworn Officers 

    Fill out a registration form and send it to the Central Piedmont Customer Service office either by email or Fax at 704. 330.4222. 

    Training coordinators can handle registrations for NC Sworn and Non-Sworn, and out-of-state as long as the registration forms have the signature of the fee-waived officer taking the training. This is necessary in order to meet the State’s requirement for a fee waiver.

    Non-Sworn and Out-of-State Officers 

    Call customer service 704.330.4223 to register.  Non-Sworn and out-of-state officers will be asked to provide an Authorization to Bill (the agency)/Registration form at the time of registration. 

    If paying with a credit card over the phone, the Authorization to Bill/Registration Form will not be required.


    Classes are eligible for a refund based on the following policy:

    • 100% of tuition paid will be refunded by the College if the student officiallywithdraws prior to the first day of the class. Call customer service at 704.330.4223 to withdraw.
    • If you do not withdraw and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.
    • Tuition will be refunded 100% for any classes canceled by the College.

    Refunds are processed around the 10th of each month.

    If extenuating circumstances prevent dropping a class prior to the start date, contact Sheila Priest at 704.330.4117.

  • Directions and Accommodations

    Visit Merancus Campus for directions to AAAF. 

    For out of area students, there are hotels nearby, including the following, which offer special Central Piedmont rates. 

    Comfort Suites

    14510 Boulder Park Drive

    Huntersville, NC   28078


    Candlewood Suites

    16530 Northcross Drive

    Huntersville, NC  28078


  • Teaching Opportunities with AAAF

    If you are interested in teaching for Central Piedmont, please contact Dale Callan at or 704.330.4171, or Katherine Williams at or704.330.4164.

  • Summer Camps: Basic CSI, Advanced CSI, and Drone Academy

    For information on summer camps, visit Summer Experience