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Crime Scene Technology Certificate

  • An Education Leader

    St. Petersburg College is one of the first regionally accredited colleges in the U.S. to offer an associate in science degree and professional certificate program in Crime Scene Technology.

  • Crime Scene Technology
    Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2014 (490)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2014 (490), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

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    David Brumfield
    Lead Instructor, AC
    (727) 341-4508

    Brian Frank
    Dean, AC
    (727) 341-4503

    Program Summary

    Crime Scene technologists are employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, state attorney offices, public defender offices, medical examiners' offices, law firms and private industry.

    The certificate program is designed to prepare a crime scene technician who will be able to locate, identify, process and preserve the crime scene. They will also testify in court as to their findings. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Crime Scene Technology.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code


    Federal CIP Code

    43.0106: Forensic Science and Technology.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Crime Lab Assistant
    • Crime Scene Photographer
    • Crime Scene Technician
    • Crime Scene Unit Supervisor
    • Fingerprint Examiner & Classification Specialist
    • Fire Inspector/Investigator
    • Forensic Science Specialist
    • Investigator/Consultant
    • Juvenile Assessment Worker
    • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
    • Property and Evidence Personnel

    Admission Rules

    1. Complete SPC application.
    2. Take SPC placement test and take any remedial courses as student needs to be at college level writing and reading skills.
    3. Attend an advising session with program director or faculty member.

    Graduation Rules

    1. A grade of "C" or better in all designated specialty courses in this program.
    2. Completion of an End-of-Program Assessment Examination.
    3. Online students are required to attend a Lab Technique Review Session during their graduating term.
    4. A grade of "I" will be assigned to a currently enrolled CJT course until the End of Assessment Exam and any required Lab Technique Review Session is completed.


    CJE 1640Introduction to Crime Scene Technology3
    CJE 1643Advanced Crime Scene Technology3
    CJE 2644Crime Scene Safety3
    CJE 2645Introduction to Forensic Science3
    CJE 2672Fingerprint Classification3
    *CJE 2671Latent Fingerprint Development3
    CJE 2676Biological Evidence3
    *CJL 2610Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence3
    CJE 2673CCrime Scene Photography4

    * Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student's last semester.

    Total Credits28
  • CT iconStart with your Crime Scene Technology Certificate

    This certificate program trains you to become a crime scene technician who can locate, identify, process and preserve the crime scene, and testify in court. This certificate can be the first step in your education and career in Crime Scene Technology.

    Continue with your associate and bachelor's degrees

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  • Careers in crime scene technology

    Our program prepares you to work as a forensic science technician in the field of crime scene investigations, with a specialty in crime scene technology.

  • What you will learn

    With our certificate and A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology you learn to:

    • Search a crime scene and gather data
    • Record a crime scene and related evidence
    • Collect and develop evidence
    • Preserve and develop fingerprints
    • Map, measure and log the crime scene
    • Secure a crime scene
    • Present courtroom testimony