Free Online Training

NFSTC provides a wealth of legacy forensic training materials at projects.NFSTC.org. Resources include seminars and workshops designed to provide a greater understanding of forensic science principles and practices for law enforcement, forensic science practitioners and other investigators, and are available at no charge. Certificates are not available.  For more information, contact us at nfstc-sales@fiu.edu.

  • Biological Screening Workshop – This four-and-a-half-day seminar and workshop teaches the principles of screening for blood, semen, saliva and other biological fluids. Includes video lectures, demonstrations and interactive exercises along with a comprehensive overview.
  • Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court – A resource tool for  attorneys and the judiciary, to educate the legal community on issues that arise as a result of implementing and employing forensic DNA. This program is also available online via the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).  Go to http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/AlphaList.aspx and search for publication # NCJ 212399.
  • Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes – Designed for investigators and crime scene specialists and focuses on identifying, securing, documenting and preserving biological evidence recovered from a crime scene.
  • Firearm Examiner Training – Information addressed in this interactive training program is delivered in fourteen modules, including topics such as firearms history, manufacturing, ammunition, firearms and projectiles examination, evidence collection, gunshot residue, bullet comparisons and toolmarks.
  • Medical Examiner Forensic Training – Information presented in this 2008 workshop is to provide Forensic Pathology Fellows with knowledge of the scope and application of forensic sciences including crime scene processing, toxicology, DNA, firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence, fire debris, controlled substances, latent fingerprints, forensic anthropology, explosives, courtroom testimony and more.
  • Trace Evidence Symposia – To explore and improve the use of trace evidence, NIJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division hosted the Trace Evidence Symposium. Participants attend educational workshops, listen to plenary sessions and case presentations and learn more about the field.
  • Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium – This 2010 symposium was specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression and pattern evidence, law enforcement and legal communities. The symposium provided unique educational opportunities for impression and pattern evidence examiners to learn more about fingerprint examination, firearm and toolmark examination, footwear and tire track evidence, and quality assurance and reporting methods.
  • Post Conviction DNA Case Management Symposium – This symposium served to bring together criminal justice practitioners from across the nation who would augment the development and implementation of post conviction DNA testing assistance programs within their State and local jurisdictions.

All or some of the projects listed were fully or partially funded through grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, and/or the US Dept. of Justice. Neither the US Dept. of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).