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Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

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There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

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Learn more about the Crime Scene Investigation Certificate program.

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

UCR Extension's Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation is a comprehensive, hands-on program that provides a foundation for a career in forensic science.

Participants in the certificate program will learn how to:

  • 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.

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for individuals who would like to enter the field of crime scene investigation and those currently in the field who would like to further develop their skills and expertise.

Read a student success story.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 20 units: 16 units of required courses and four elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in eight months to one year. However, this program is periodically offered in an intensive summer format. Learn more about the CSI Summer Academy.


Individual courses range from $425-$529. Total cost to complete this certificate is approximately $4,200-$4,400.
This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to four units from comparable courses offered by other accredited institutions. Official transcripts are required.



CSI instructors are practitioners and experts in their field. They provide real-world expertise and hands-on instruction.

  • Stacy Burris, B.A., Forensic Specialist, Ontario Police Department
  • Hiram Evans, M.S., Consulting Criminalist, Forensic Science Consultancy
  • David K. Faulkner, M.S., Entomologist, Forensic Entomology Servicer, San Diego
  • Carlton M. Fuller, Forensic Unit Supervisor, Riverside Police Department
  • Alexis Gray, Ph.D., Forensic Anthropologist, Coroner's Office, County of San Bernardino
  • Phoebe L. Kelsoe, Ph.D., Retired Manager, Crime Analysis Unit, Special Investigations Bureau, Riverside County Sheriff's Department
  • Craig Ogino, B.S., Crime Lab Manager, Chula Vista Police Department
  • Ann D. Punter, B.A., Supervisor, Evidence and Property, Ontario Police Department
  • George Reis, President of Imaging Forensic, providing consulting, training and litigation support in forensic image analysis
  • Frank P. Sheridan, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, County of San Bernardino
  • Steve Staggs, Captain (retired), UC Riverside Police Department

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Contact Information

Linda Coco
(951) 827-5804

Summer Intensive

Summer Academy

During the CSI Summer Academy you receive instruction in 17 of 20 units required to earn the summer certificate. This intensive format makes the CSI Summer Academy particularly attractive to people who live some distance from UCR Extension and to those who have the summer open for continuing education.

Learn more about the Crime Scene Investigation Summer Academy.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273