crime scene technician taking pictures of a crime scene

Crime Scene Technician Certificate

Request Information

Complete this form to receive the Purdue Global Program Guide.


Police and other law enforcement agencies depend on the expertise of professional crime scene technicians to uncover evidence that will stand up in a court of law. This meticulous process requires a keen eye, an analytical mind, and dedication to cracking the case. Purdue Global’s crime scene investigation training is designed to prepare graduates with the practical skills to succeed in this fascinating and challenging field.

Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program Highlights

When you enroll in the online Crime Scene Technician Certificate online program at Purdue Global, you can attend classes on your own schedule, any time of the day or night. Throughout your course of study, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of how to:

  • Apply ethical investigative methods used in forensic science
  • Observe minute details at the scene and relate them to the crime; visually identifying and describing persons, vehicles, and locations; and giving expert testimony about evidence in criminal court cases
  • Oversee investigations of homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, home invasions, and burglaries
  • Secure crime scenes through gathering, processing, photographing, and preserving evidence in support of law enforcement; and prepare written reports detailing the crime scene
Expand to Learn More

Admissions Requirements

Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.

Expand to Learn More

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

Professional dusting for fingerprints

What are the Career Opportunities?

Qualified crime scene technicians can seek employment opportunities in the following*:

  • Insurance companies
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Laboratories
  • Large law firms
  • Medical examiners' offices
Request Info

How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


Start Date

October 17, 2018

Start Date

November 07, 2018

Start Date

December 05, 2018

Start Date

January 02, 2019

Start Date

January 30, 2019

Start Date

February 27, 2019

Start Date

March 20, 2019

Start Date

April 17, 2019

Start Date

May 15, 2019

Start Date

June 05, 2019

Start Date

July 03, 2019

Start Date

July 31, 2019

Start Date

August 21, 2019

Start Date

September 18, 2019

Start Date

October 16, 2019

Start Date

November 06, 2019

Start Date

December 04, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

This crime scene technician certificate program is designed to offer a strong foundation in criminal investigation and the analytical procedures used in this dynamic field. Courses include:

  • Criminal Investigation       
  • Forensic Fingerprint Analysis       
  • Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice       
  • Homeland Security       
  • Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis       
  • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
See All Crime Scene Technician Courses
Program Requirements
  • Major Credits41
  • Total Credits41

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

Select Your Options

Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location:
Tuition Discount Options:

Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
number of credits

Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.

View Disclosures

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

View Brochures

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.