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Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Intensive Academy

Professional Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Intensive Academy

Professional Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Intensive Academy

Hybrid Program


5 months


UCR Extension

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Academy Dates: June 20-October 30, 2020

Be prepared to step behind the yellow tape with our hybrid CSI intensive learning experience. Crime scene investigators need legal knowledge a meticulous eye, and scientific procedures to collect and preserve evidence for the justice community.

CSI is just as exciting as it is on T.V., and is at the heart of justice. Law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community all need CSI professionals who can ensure evidence is collected and processed correctly. CSIs can work at the crime scene, in labs, at the morgue, or in police departments, and will likely be called to share their expertise in a courtroom. Get professional instruction from real-world experts who bridge the gap between theory and practice so you can step out of the classroom and onto the next crime scene.

What You'll Learn

  • Be confident and knowledgeable in performing crime scene investigations.
  • Understand the basics of crime scene management including the proper collection and preservation of evidence, and chain-of-custody issues.
  • Have the technical skills to sample, photograph and recover evidence at a crime scene.

What You Can Do

Positions are available in law enforcement, justice departments or government. They might include:

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Crime scene technician
  • Police identification specialist
  • Forensic scientist

Who Should Attend

For individuals who are:

  • Looking for a career in crime scene investigation
  • Currently in the field of crime scene investigation who would like to further develop their skills and expertise
  • Law enforcement

High school education or equivalent

What You Should Know

Completion Requirements

Complete 20 of the required 23 units to earn the certificate during the CSI Academy.

Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure (3 units)
This course is required to earn the CSI certificate, but is not included in the academy coursework. To satisfy this requirement, you can:

  • Take the course at UCR Extension
  • Request an equivalent course to be transferred from another accredited college or university (transcripts required).

Program Cost

  • Regular Rate: $6,500
  • Early Bird Rate: $5,700 (if paid on or before May 20)
  • Pay a $500 deposit to reserve your spot
  • Deposit is nonrefundable after June 19, 2020
  • Balance is due on or before June 19, 2020

Required Equipment

Students must have a DSLR camera.


Accommodations are not included in the tuition. Housing options may include the International Village, closest to the Extension Center; or other housing through UCR directly, and there are a number of hotels near UCR Extension. Learn more.

Program Overview


23 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“Students from all over the country travel to UCR to be part of the CSI Academy. The reputation of the program is based on the experiences of the well-known instructors, and their ability to pass on knowledge. This sets UCR's program apart from all the others. The program gave me the tools and training necessary to be a successful and strong asset to my organization, the United States Coast Guard.”

Nikole Foran

United States Coast Guard
Hesperia, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Information Session

Information Session: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Academy

SOC 895

Quarter 1

Courtroom Testimony Fundamentals

SOC X415.13

1 unit

Introduction to Digital Forensics

SOC X413.11

2 units

Crime Scene Management

SOC X415.51

2 units

Autopsy: Medicolegal Death Investigation

SOC X417.71

2 units

Crime Scene Investigation Practicum

SOC X417.1

1 unit

Forensic Entomology


2 units

Forensic Report Writing

SOC X415.12

1 unit

Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure


3 units

Blood Stain Pattern Analysis

SOC X415.10

2 units

Fingerprint Techniques and Impression Evidence

SOC X415.6

2 units

Survey of Criminalistics

SOC X415.8

2 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I have been a Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation Specialist for more than 30 years, and processed over 200 homicides and officer-involved shootings. My students really enjoy the hands-on approach, and can put what they learn from me to use immediately. By the end of the class, the students are amazed by how much information is in a bloodstain pattern.”

Craig Ogino

Crime Lab Manager (Retired)
Chula Vista Police Department
Chula Vista, CA

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