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When does the credential process start for CSI?

and what does that look like for CSI work ?

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Hi Zainab,

Great question! The type of certification required to be a crime scene investigator depends on the agency with which you are employed. Some agencies require some sort of certification in order to be considered for employment as a crime scene investigator, some require a degree in science (biology/chemistry/physics/forensic science) some require only a bachelor's degree. The most common certification is through the International Association for Identification (IAI). However, there are other colleges/organizations in the United States that provide a CSI certification.

If you are focused on laboratory work, many are certified through the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and will only hire candidates that meet specific schooling/training requirements to maintain their certification.

In either case, check with the agency you want to work for before applying--they will have their requested education/certification requirements in the job posting.

The IAI requires one year of experience before taking their test for certification. You can check out their website for more details for what the certification process looks like:

I hope this helps! Good luck!

Matthew recommends the following next steps:

Review the IAI website to see the prerequisites for certification
Shadow or intern at a police department with a forensic unit to learn more about the job