Television dramas such as the CSI series, Criminal Minds and Dexter have stimulated an interest in forensic science careers. Working professionals are not always able to give up time or relocate to take traditional college coursework. Online forensic science certifications are designed for people who may already be working in the field and need to sharpen or expand their knowledge base.
University of Florida Forensic Science Distance Education Programs
According to Forensic Magazine, the University of Florida was the first to offer an online forensic science certification in 2000. The program has grown and was awarded the 2016 Award of Excellence in Distance Education by the American Distance Education Consortium. Certificates are awarded in the areas of environmental forensics, forensic toxicology, forensic drug chemistry, forensic DNA and serology, forensic death investigation and forensic science. These programs include four to five classes each which the student can complete on their own schedule. A non-certificate program, Forensic Science for Lawyers, is also available. This course helps attorneys better understand forensic technology as it is used in the courtroom.
The University of Florida also offers online MS programs in forensic toxicology, drug chemistry, DNA and serology and forensic science.
American College of Forensic Examiners Certifications
The American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI) offers a number of different forensic science certificate programs. ACFEI is a multi-disciplinary organization that focuses on forensic examiners internationally. Certificates include:
- Certified Forensic Accountant
- Certified in Homeland Security
- Certified Medical Investigator
- Certified Forensic Nurse
- Certified Forensic Consultant
- Sensitive Security Information
- Certified in Disaster Preparedness
- Certified Forensic Physician
- Accredited Forensic Counselor
Certification in Forensic Social Work
These forensic certificate programs are generally for professionals already working in forensic science who have met specific educational and training standards.
Albany State University Certification in Biomedical Forensic Sciences
Albany State University is located in Georgia. This certification program is intended for graduate level students studying forensics. The certification includes eight online classes and a forensic science internship. Most students are able to complete the forensics training within about one year.
InfoSec Institute Computer Forensics Training
Computer forensics deals with retrieving data from computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices that may be needed for evidence of computer-related crimes. InfoSec Institute was established in 1998 to offer training in information security. Three Computer Forensics Training Certifications are offered:
- IACRB’s Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) Certification
- EC-Council’s Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) Certification
- ISFCE’s Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) Certification
Other Forensic Science Training Programs Available
This is just a sampling of online forensic certification courses. Online programs with different emphases are also easily located through an online search. Traditional forensic science degrees are also still available at many colleges internationally.