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IAI logo           Internation Association for Identification
Crime Scene Certification Application Form

Requirements for the Certification of Crime Scene Technician/Analyst

An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, and good repute and must possess high ethical professional standing.

REQUIREMENTS (Tri-Level Certification)

  1. Level I — Crime Scene Technician (CST)

    1. Must have a minimum of one (1) year in crime scene related activities, AND:
    2. Must have completed a minimum of two (2) crime scene related courses.

    Level II — Crime Scene Analyst (CSA)

    1. Must have a minimum of three (3) years in crime scene related activities, AND:
    2. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) crime scene related courses.

    Level III B Senior Crime Scene Analyst (SCSA)

    1. Must have a minimum of six (6) years in crime scene related activities, AND;
    2. Must have completed a minimum of six (6) crime scene related courses, AND;
    3. Must have authored or coauthored an article on some phase of crime scene investigation published in a professional journal, OR
    4. Made a presentation on some phase of crime scene investigation to a professional organization, OR;
    5. Be an active instructor in some phase of crime scene investigation who is currently teaching at least once a year, OR;
    6. Submit a court transcript from an actual case where the applicant gave testimony on some phase of crime scene investigation.

     

  2. Addition to Requirements

    Effective January 1, 2001 persons applying for certification as a Crime Scene Analyst, (Level II) must either hold certification status as a Crime Scene Technician, (Level I) or apply using the Fast Track I testing option identified below.

    Additionally, those persons applying for certification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, (Level III) must either hold certification status as a Crime Scene Analyst, (Level II) or apply using the Fast Track II testing option identified below.

  3. Testing

    Two texts are identified for each level of certification. The titles will be published by the Crime Scene Certification Board and the Board may not change them for a minimum of three (3) years. Applicants must pass the written test with a minimum score of 75% correct.

  4. Testing process: Two testing processes are available to choose from in attaining Crime Scene Certification

    In the first testing process, an individual is tested on materials covered only in the texts identified for the individual certification level for which he or she applies. Applicants applying for the Crime Scene Technician, (Level I) will be tested on the materials taken from the two publications selected for that level. Applicants applying for certification as a Crime Scene Analyst, (Level II) who are certified as a Crime Scene Technician, (Level I) will be tested on the materials taken from the two publications selected for Crime Scene Analyst, (Level II) level. Applicants applying for certification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, (Level III) who are certified as a Crime Scene Analyst, (Level II) will be tested on the materials taken from the two publications selected for the Senior Crime Scene Analyst, (Level III) level.

    The second testing process is identified as the “Fast Track Method.” This testing process permits an individual to apply and test for the highest level of certification for which he or she qualifies.

    The two Fast Track options are:

    Fast Track I   CSA
    Fast Track II  SCSA

    In the Fast Track I exam, individuals are tested on materials covered in the texts identified from the Crime Scene Analyst and Crime Scene Technician levels.

    In the Fast Track II exam, individuals are tested on materials covered in the texts identified for all three levels of certification.

  5. In House Training Requirements

    For those applicants who are employed by a law enforcement agency, a structured training program approved by the Crime Scene Certification Board may be substituted for the educational requirement.

  6. Endorsements

    All applicants for certification must submit two letters of endorsement. If the applicant is employed by a public law enforcement agency, one letter shall be from a superior within the applicant’s department or agency and one shall be from an associate in the field of crime scene investigations and who is a member of either a state or regional division and/or the parent body.

  7. Application Procedures
    1. Application Forms may be obtained from:

      Crime Scene Certification Board
      Michael P. Flannery, Secretary
      P.O. Box 47057
      Indianapolis, IN 46247

    2. The completed and notarized application, supporting documentation and one additional copy of all submitted paperwork should be forwarded to the Secretary, together with the application fee which is not refundable. The application fee is $100.00 if the applicant is applying for an individual level of certification. If the applicant is applying for the Fast Track option, then the fee is $125.00. Hence, only those persons who believe they clearly meet the stated qualifications and requirements for certification should submit applications.
    3. Attach one recent photograph to each application. The applicant must also attach two (2) letters of endorsement.
    4. Crime Scene Certification shall be issued for a period of five (5) years.
    5. Applicant procedures for certification are subject to revision by the Board. The latest official version is always obtainable from the Board Secretary.

     

  8. Renewal

    Effective January 1, 2001, persons whose Renewal date is on, or after January 1, 2001 the following will apply:

    1. Crime Scene Certification Renewal shall be issued for a period of five (5) years.
    2. At the time of Renewal, proof will be required of a minimum of 40 hours in continued training.
    3. The fee for Renewal of Crime Scene Certification will be $100.00 (One Hundred Dollars).
    4. A letter of verification must be submitted by the applicant from their supervisor or a person certified at an equal or higher level of Crime Scene Certification verifying continued involvement, and competency in the field of crime scene investigation.

     

  9. General Provisions Concerning Certification
    1. The right to deny certification is reserved.
    2. Applicants who are denied certification by the Certification Board may appeal such action in writing within sixty (60) days after the issue date of such notification.
    3. Certificates granted and issued may be suspended or revoked by the Crime Scene Certification Board for any of the following reasons:
      • Conviction of an applicant for certification or holder of certificate by a court of competent jurisdiction of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.
      • A misstatement, misrepresentation, concealment, or omission of a material fact or facts in an application or any other communication related to Certification.
      • Issuance of a certificate contrary to or in violation of any of the laws, standards, rules or regulations of the IAI, or determination that the person certified was not in fact eligible to receive such certificate at the time of issuance.
      • Any violation of the IAI Code of Ethics.
    4. Action to suspend or revoke may only be taken after at least thirty (30) days advance notice of the charges or reasons for such action has been given to the individual concerned and an opportunity for such person to be heard has been provided by the Certification Board.
    5. Persons holding a valid certificate of qualifications issued by the Crime Scene Certification Board are entitled to use the appropriate designations in conformance with the standards of the International Association for Identification.
    6. Certificates issued by the International Association for Identification are non-transferable. They remain the property of the IAI, but every person to whom a certificate has been issued shall be entitled to its continued possession, unless and until such certificate is revoked.
    7. Membership in the IAI or any of its state or regional divisions is not mandatory for certification, however, the candidate for certification must agree to abide by the provisions of the certification program as written and passed by the IAI.

Crime Scene Certification Board

M. Frank Shonberger, Chairman
Crime Scene Certification Board, I.A.I.
2801 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, FL 33134
WK (305)460-5435 FAX (305)460-5442
Email: fshonberger@pd.citybeautiful.net

Mike Flannery, Secretary
Crime Scene Certification Board, I.A.I.
P.O. Box 47057
Indianapolis, IN 46247
Email: crimescenesecretary@prodigy.net

Kathleen D. Saviers
Lightning Powder Company, Inc.
1230 Hoyt Street, SE
Salem, OR 97302-2121
WK (503)585-2156 FAX (503)588-0398
Email: Ksaviers@redwop.com

Murray J. Robitaille
3600 W. Florida Avenue, Sp# 632
Hemet, CA 92545-3501
909/929-4706
Email: MurRob35@peoplepc.com

Dennis G. Honeycutt
P.O. Box 4238
Greenville, NC 27836-2238
WK (252)756-4755 FAX (252)756-4779
Email: dhoneycutt@mail.jus.state.nc.us

Karen Hare
4402 Erie
Midland TX 79703
(915)685-7482
Email: khare@mail.ci.midland.tx.us

Daniel Holstein
Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.
6759 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146-9003
WK (702)229-3471 FAX (702)259-0630
Email: deathxpert@aol.com

Test Materials are taken from these Publications

Level 1: Crime Scene Technician

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigations 5th or 6th ed.
Barry Fisher ©1992/2000
CRC Press, Inc.
2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431-9868

Criminal Investigation: A Method of Reconstructing the Past 2nd or 3rd ed.
James W. Osterburg & Richard Ward ©1997/2000
Anderson Publishing Company
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Level 2: Crime Scene Analyst

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science 6th or 7th ed.
Richard Saferstein ©1998/2001
Prentice Hall, Inc.
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Scott’s Fingerprint Mechanics
Robert D. Olsen, Sr ©1978
Charles C. Thomas Publishing Company
2600 S. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Level 3: Senior Crime Scene Analyst

Practical Homicide Investigation 2nd or 3rd ed.
Vernon J. Geberth ©1990/1996
CRC Press, Inc.
2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431-9868

Forensic Science: An Introduction to Criminalistics
Peter R. DeForest, R.E Gaensslen & Henry C. Lee
©1983
McGraw-Hill Book Company
New York, NY

Crime Scene Technician/Analyst Certification Process

  1. Application forms and instructions for their submission may be obtained from the Secretary of the Crime Scene Certification Board.
  2. Type or print all information. Each item in the application must bear an entry. If "None" is applicable, so state. Use extra sheets for all additional information. Identify the material being furnished and show your name and address on each each sheet.
  3. All materials must be submitted in duplicate, including two letters of endorsement.
  4. Attach a current, autographed photograph of yourself in the space provided on each copy of the application.
  5. Enclose the current fee of $100.00 USC. Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. funds to the I.A.I. Crime Scne Certification Board. NOTE: FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE. Only persons who believe they clearly meet the qualifications and requirements for certification should submit applications.
  6. Mail the completed application and attachments to:

Mike Flannery
Secretary
Crime Scene Certification Board
P.O. Box 47057
Indianapolis, IN 46247
Email:
crimescenesecretary@prodigy.net

 

Crime Scene Technician/Analyst Certification Renewal

All persons certified by the Crime Scene Certification Board must renew their certification every three (3) years in order to maintain their certification status.

Effective January 1, 2001, persons whose renewal date is on or after January 1, 2001, shall be certified every five (5) years.

At the time of Renewal, proof will be required of a minimum of 40 hours in continued training. The fee for Renewal of Crime Scene Certification will be $100.00 (One hundred dollars). A letter of verification must be submitted by the applicant from their supervisor or a person certified at an equal or higher level of Crime Scene Certification verifying continued involvement, and competency in the field of crime scene investigation.

An Application for renewal is mailed two months prior to the expiration date of certification. Failure to apply for renewal within sixty days following expiration of certification places the member in a delinquent status. Failure to resolve the delinquent status within one year from the renewal date will result in revocation of certification.

Questions concerning certification or re-certification should be addressed to the following:

Mike Flannery
Secretary
Crime Scene Certification Board
P.O. Box 47057
Indianapolis, IN 46247
Email:
crimescenesecretary@prodigy.net