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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.

CSI Certificate Program

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.

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 **This session will begin at 12PM and end at 8 PM to learn night time photography**
  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.

2019 FALL DATES $220 Per Module (CSULB Student Success Center, CSI Lab, Room 45)

  • September 7, 2019 (Module 1)
  • September 14, 2019 (Module 2)
  • September 21, 2019 (Module 3)
  • September 28, 2019 (Module 4)
  • October 5, 2019 (Module 5) - Module 12PM - 8PM for Night Photography
  • October 12, 2019 (Module 6)
  • October 19, 2019 (Module 7)
  • October 26, 2019 (Module 8)
  • November 2, 2019 (Module 9)
  • November 9, 2019 (Module 10)


2020 SPRING DATES $220 Per Module (CSULB Student Success Center, CSI Lab, Room 45)

  • February 1, 2020 (Module 1)
  • February 8, 2020 (Module 2)
  • February 15, 2020 (Module 3)
  • February 22, 2020(Module 4)
  • February 29, 2020 (Module 5) - Module 12PM - 8PM for Night Photography
  • March 7, 2020 (Module 6)
  • March 14, 2020 (Module 7)
  • March 21, 2020 (Module 8)
  • March 28, 2020 (Module 9)
  • April 4 , 2020 (Module 10)

80 Hours (non credit certificate program)


California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, SSC 45
Long Beach, CA 90840
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Because classes fill up quickly, we strongly encourage registering as soon possible. Please complete a registration form and submit payment to the Center.

You will recieve 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.

Recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited in this class. 


Each module begins at 8 AM and ends at 5 PM (the photogrpahy module will start at 12 PM and end at 8 PM to facilitate night time photography) 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.

Any questions please contact the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training, 562-985-4940 or