The Forensic Investigator II Certificate is designed to give graduates a recognized credential that can translate into greater recognition within their respective field.  After completing the four required courses and one elective course offered through the Texas Forensic Science Academy graduates will have an understanding of the investigator’s role throughout the investigative process, procedures for conducting investigations of various types of human death, and the skills for scientific interpretation of bloodstain evidence at crime scenes.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following

Once all 5 courses have been completed, applicants should confirm they meet all certificate requirements using the Forensic Investigator II Application and return to the TEEX Law Enforcement & Security Training division. Eligibility of each candidate will be reviewed and email notification of decision will be sent.

Certificate Forensic Investigator 2


Funding Options: DHS/FEMA Veterans Benefits GSA
Delivery Types: Online Face-to-Face Blended Online Instructor-Led
Category Course # Course Title Description Division
Forensic Investigator II FSA102 Forensic Entomology
Forensic evidence of a crime scene can include the collection and preservation of entomological evidence resulting from the insect colonization of victims. Participants will learn to apply principles of forensic entomology to questions concerning victim transport, toxicology, and approximate time of death. Course instruction is through lecture, laboratory exercises, and field application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Entomology Course #40061. Show less
Forensic evidence of a crime scene can include the collection and preservation of entomological evidence resulting from the insect colonization of victims. Participants will learn to apply principles of forensic entomology to questions concerning victim transport, toxicology, and approximate… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Forensic Entomology
Forensic Investigator II FSA103 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
The science of bloodstain pattern analysis can assist investigators in making determinations, such as, relative positions of the victim or suspect, the nature of the force and weapon used, and the approximate number of blows struck during an assault. This course is designed for those who investigate crime scenes containing blood evidence, such as assaults and death investigation, as well as those who process bloodstained evidentiary items. Participants will learn the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis, including methods and skills for the scientific interpretation of bloodstain evidence at crime scenes and on evidentiary items. Course instruction is through lecture and case review with emphasis on experiments and practical application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course #40057.
Participant Testimonials:”One of the best classes I’ve been to!! I was very impressed with the knowledge and teaching skills of the instructors. Great course.””The instructors took the time to make sure every student understood the material. Very impressed!” Show less
The science of bloodstain pattern analysis can assist investigators in making determinations, such as, relative positions of the victim or suspect, the nature of the force and weapon used, and the approximate number of blows struck during an assault. This course is designed for those who… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Forensic Investigator II FSA108 Processing Evidence of Violent Crimes
Biological evidence resulting from violent crime presents unique and challenging issues for crime scene investigators. This course provides participants with information, techniques, and methods for processing and documenting violent crime scenes. Participants will learn how to assess assaults, sexual crimes, and homicides, as well as the physical evidence from such scenes. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and practical application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Processing Evidence of Violent Crimes Course #40058.
Participant Testimonials:”This was a very good training! I loved the hands on aspect.””The instructors were awesome and provided great insight of the crime scene applications and fundamentals.” Show less
Biological evidence resulting from violent crime presents unique and challenging issues for crime scene investigators. This course provides participants with information, techniques, and methods for processing and documenting violent crime scenes. Participants will learn how to assess… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Processing Evidence of Violent Crimes
Forensic Investigator II FSA109 Skeletal Death Investigation
Clandestine burial sites and scattered human remains pose serious issues for criminal investigators. This course is designed for those responsible for death investigations, including cold case death investigations dealing with skeletal remains. Participants will be introduced to the field of forensic anthropology and receive instruction in the recovery and analysis of human remains. Participants will have the unique opportunity to excavate a cadaver while at the body farm at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and field application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Skeletal Death Investigation Course #40060.
Participant Testimonials:”Excellent class for law enforcement personnel tasked with criminal investigations.” Show less
Clandestine burial sites and scattered human remains pose serious issues for criminal investigators. This course is designed for those responsible for death investigations, including cold case death investigations dealing with skeletal remains. Participants will be introduced to the field of… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Skeletal Death Investigation
Forensic Investigator II FSA110 Death Investigation
From the moment a human body is discovered, there are many potential causes, factors, and circumstances that must be considered in completing a thorough criminal investigation and potential prosecution. This course addresses the procedures for conducting investigations of various types of human death and the investigator’s role throughout the investigative process.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Death Investigation Course #40059.
Participant Testimonials:”The objectives are realistic for an investigator without any death investigation training.””I think that regardless of one’s training this course can benefit any death investigator. Very applicable to our job as detectives.” Show less
From the moment a human body is discovered, there are many potential causes, factors, and circumstances that must be considered in completing a thorough criminal investigation and potential prosecution. This course addresses the procedures for conducting investigations of various types of… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Death Investigation
Forensic Investigator II FSA112 Forensic Photography II
Once an investigator has mastered basic forensic photography, there are advanced skills and techniques that can allow for greater effectiveness in documenting crime scenes and physical evidence.  Participants will learn photographic techniques such as low light/nighttime, ultraviolet, infrared, and laser photography. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and application exercises.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Photography II Course #40054.
Participant Testimonials:”15 years CSI and still learned many new techniques.””They had great hands-on activities and materials which aided in the learning process for this course.” Show less
Once an investigator has mastered basic forensic photography, there are advanced skills and techniques that can allow for greater effectiveness in documenting crime scenes and physical evidence.  Participants will learn photographic techniques such as low light/nighttime, ultraviolet,… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Forensic Photography II
Forensic Investigator II FSA114 Death Investigation (Online)
From the moment a human body is discovered, there are many potential causes, factors, and circumstances that must be considered in completing a thorough criminal investigation and potential prosecution.  This online course addresses the procedures for conducting investigations of various types of human death and the investigator’s role throughout the investigative process.
This course meets the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Death Investigation Course #40059.
Participant Testimonials:”I was recently promoted to investigations and this course will definitely make me more capable of doing my job.””Course material was good and I would really recommend this course to any police officers whether they are new officers or veterans.” Show less
From the moment a human body is discovered, there are many potential causes, factors, and circumstances that must be considered in completing a thorough criminal investigation and potential prosecution.  This online course addresses the procedures for conducting investigations of various… Show more
Online ILEPSE Learn More about Death Investigation (Online)
Forensic Investigator II FSA117 Forensic Fire Fatality Investigation
This unique course provides participants the opportunity for hands-on, science-based investigative fire death training utilizing live-burn training aids. Instruction will be on proper systematic processes for crime scene management from the initial scene approach through data collection, documentation, and evidence collection.This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Fire Fatality Investigation Course #40064. Show less
This unique course provides participants the opportunity for hands-on, science-based investigative fire death training utilizing live-burn training aids. Instruction will be on proper systematic processes for crime scene management from the initial scene approach through data collection,… Show more
Face-to-Face ILEPSE Learn More about Forensic Fire Fatality Investigation
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