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Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Certificate Program

The Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Certificate program is a combined curriculum consisting of (80) hours of crime scene investigation training modules.  This training will provide both the skills and knowledge of crime scene investigation, forensic analysis, and utilizes a “hands-on” application of crime scene investigative techniques both in the classroom and in mock simulations.  This program is designed to give the student an overview of crime scene investigations and upon completion of this course will assist students in meeting the minimum requirements for this profession.

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This program is based on the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Field Evidence Technician Program (FET) given to working peace officers and crime scene investigators. This course is designed to prepare students for a career as a Crime Scene Investigator.

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Training Modules (8 Hours Each)

  1. Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  2. Fingerprints at the Crime Scene
  3. Biological and Trace Evidence at the Crime Scene
  4. Impression Evidence & Chemical Processing of Evidence
  5. Photography for the Crime Scene Investigator
  6. Death Investigations at the Crime Scene
  7. Firearms Evidence and Scene Analysis
  8. Fingerprint Analysis and Comparison
  9. Crime Scene Practical
  10. Interview Skills and Courtroom Testimony

The course will culminate with a practical exercise whereby the class will utilize a team approach at a realistic crime scene. This is a true judge of how well the participants have learned the skills and techniques taught in the course.  The final module consists of interview strategies for obtaining employment and will be conducted by experienced professionals who are currently working in the field.  Modules 9 and 10 require completion of Modules 1-8 or permission from the Coordinator.

We will attempt to assist successful qualified graduates of this program to find CSI internship positions at local agencies.  Positions are limited.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available through CCPE. If interested ask for additional information regarding CEU’s.

2020 Fall Dates

  • September 19, 2020 (Module 1)
  • September 26, 2020 (Module 2)
  • October 17, 2020 (Module 3)
  • October 24, 2020 (Module 4)
  • October 31, 2020 (Module 5)
  • November 7, 2020 (Module 6)
  • November 14, 2020 (Module 7)
  • November 21, 2020 (Module 8)
  • Decmber 5, 2020 (Module 9)
  • December 12, 2020 (Module 10)

Important Information 

  • 80 Hours (non credit certificate program)
  • $220 per module 
  • Location: Sheraton Garden Grove 

2021 Spring Dates

  • January 30, 2021 (Module 1)
  • February 6, 2021 (Module 2)
  • February 20, 2021 (Module 3)
  • February 27, 2021 (Module 4)
  • March 6, 2021 (Module 5)
  • March 13, 2021 (Module 6)
  • March 20, 2021 (Module 7)
  • April 10, 2021 (Module 8)
  • April 17, 2021 (Module 9)
  • April 24, 2021 (Module 10)

Important Information 

  • 80 Hours (non credit certificate program)
  • $220 per module 
  • Location: Sheraton Garden Grove


California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Bldv., SSC 45
Long Beach, CA 90804
Class Location Map (PDF)

Alternate Location:
Sheraton Garden Grove
12221 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840


Because classes fill up quickly, we strongly encourage registering as soon as possible. Please complete a registration form (PDF) and submit payment to the Center.

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have registered you for the class. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis, a waitlist will be established once the maximum number of students has been met.


Each module begins at 8 AM and ends at 5 PM with a one hour lunch break at mid-day.  In each module you will be required to sign in at the beginning of class and sign out at the end of class.  If for some reason you have to miss a module for illness, family emergency, etc. or if you have to leave class early to attend another event you will be required to make up that module next semester.  Should you miss any part of a module for any reason then you will not be able to participate in the Practicum (module 9) and the Interview Skills and Courtroom Testimony (module 10) until those missed modules are made up.  There is no make-up work that can be done for the material in each module. The majority of the work completed in class is hands on experience that is discussed, demonstrated and practiced in class.

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training at 562-985-4940 or