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Whenever a crime is committed, crime scene investigations are part of investigator jobs that are crucial.

This type of investigation is done in a quick, yet precise manner in order to preserve valuable evidence and data. If prolonged, it can affect the case greatly. It can also let criminals get away with what they did if this investigation is done poorly.

What Happens in a Crime Scene Investigation?

No two crime scenes are alike, as they differ in the degree as well as the location. Most crime scenes require the victims’ bodies to be examined medically in order to provide a legitimate autopsy. They also require testing the bodies for DNA, fingerprints, saliva, blood and more.

Certifying Foundation: International Crime Scene Investigator Association (ICSIA)

  • Macro photography assessment
  • Night time crime scene photography
  • Crime scene processing:
    • Outdoor Crime
    • Indoor Crime
    • Motor Vehicle Crime
  • ?Crime Scene Photography
  • Crime scene evidence
    • Wounds
    • Tool Marks
    • Shoe prints
    • Blood splatter
    • Tire tracks
  • List for found and processed evidence
  • Official crime scene report

Certifying Foundation: International Association for Identification (IAI)

Certification granted from this foundation:

  • Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst
  • Certified Crime Scene Reconstructionist
  • Certified Crime Scene Investigator
  • Certified Crime Scene Analyst

Certification from this foundation requires this skill set:

  • Digital forensics
  • Trial
  • Cyber predators
  • Death investigations
  • Psychology autopsy

Education required for these certifications:

  • An associate’s degree with four years experience in that degree
  • A bachelor’s degree with two year experience in that degree
  • Seven years field experience

Certificates and Degrees:

  • CSI Certificate: Introductory course, one year completion
    • Skill Set:
      • Evidence rules
      • Evidence analysis
      • Biological evidence
      • Fingerprint collection
      • Management of a Crime Scene
      • Criminal Law procedures
      • Biological evidence


  • CSI Associate’s Degree: Basic degree, two year course
    • Skill Set:
      • Evidence Recovery Techniques
      • Crime Scene Reconstruction
      • Presenting Crime Scene Evidence
      • Crime Scene Technology
      • Evidence Management
      • Criminal Law
      • Evidence documentation


  • CSI Bachelor’s Degree: In depth degree, four year course
    • Skill Set:
      • Ballistics
      • Fingerprint Evidence
      • Computers and Crime Investigation
      • Trace Evidence
      • Report Writing
      • Crime Scene Photography
      • Blood Stain Patterns


  • CSI Master's Degree:
    • Skill Set:
      • Forensic Anthropology
      • Forensic Odontology
      • Forensic Botany
      • Forensic Analysis
      • Forensic DNA
      • Forensic Engineering
      • Criminal Science


List of Possible Programs for Education to Become CSI:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice: Investigation
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Crime Scene Technology
  • Criminal Justice: Forensic Investigations
  • Forensic Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Criminal Justice: Crime Analysis

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