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Crime Scene Technician

Welcome to the Crime Scene Technician (CST-CT) Program

Students earning the Crime Scene Technician certificate are eligible to sit for the certification examination offered through the International Association of Identification (IAI). Persons earning IAI Certification can serve in positions including, but not limited to, Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Photographer, Fingerprint Classification Specialist, Crime Lab Assistant/Investigator, Latent Print Examiner, and Property and Evidence Staff. While the Crime Scene Technician certificate is a stand-alone program open to all students, this certificate also enhances employment opportunities for students earning the LAW-AA and/or LAW-AAS degree. Entities employing persons with IAI Certification include, but are not limited to, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, State Attorneys' Offices, Public Defenders' Offices, Medical Examiners' Offices, law firms and insurance firms.

Crime Scene Investigators are charged with collection, inventory, and documenting evidence found at a crime scene. It is their job to testify in court as to its probative value and link to the defendant or defendants. Anyone with a criminal record would not be hired by any agency based on their liability as a witness, so completing the program is not recommended for anyone with a criminal record.

The purpose of the Crime Scene Technician certificate program is to prepare students for future careers with law enforcement in the crime scene field. The program is specifically designed for a hands-on realistic approach in each of the areas required by law enforcement. Upon successful completion of the program the student will receive a "certificate" that can be used when applying for prospective positions in their field. The program is a two (2) semester program broken down into four (4) mini semesters (Session "B" and Session "D"). The program will start each August in the Fall Semester and end each May in the Spring Semester. There are no prerequisites but the courses MUST be taken in consecutive order. Each class of students will begin together and end together. All classes are held after 5:00 PM on a Monday thru Thursday schedule at the Pensacola main campus. There are no fingerprinting or background checks required by the college but students should be aware they will be applying to law enforcement agencies upon completion of the program who will be conducting their own background investigations on prospective employees. If you have any questions please contact Marc Ward at dmward@pensacolastate.edu or 484-2575.

Special Requirements:

Admission to this program is based upon special requirements needed to work for a Law Enforcement Agency:

  • Citizen of United States.
  • High school diploma or GED (transcript required).
  • Submit to and pass background investigation to include a fingerprint check.
  • Be of good moral character and NOT have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving lying or perjury.
  • Not discharged from Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.

*If applicable, any documents related to this program of study can be found listed under the Documents section on this web page.

*We strongly encourage you to contact the Pensacola State Business Department for assistance in planning your program of study.

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Dept. Head / Faculty
Department Head:
Debra D. Kuhl
(850) 484-2504

Program Manager:
Daniel M. Ward


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