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St. Petersburg College is one of the first regionally accredited colleges in the U.S. to offer an associate in science degree and professional certificate program in Crime Scene Technology.

Start with your Crime Scene Technology Certificate

This certificate program trains you to become a Crime Scene Technician who can locate, identify, process and preserve a crime scene and testify in court. This certificate can be the first step in your education and career in Crime Scene Technology.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Forensic Science Technicians

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what your learn in SPC's certificate and A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology

  • Search a crime scene and gather data
  • Record a crime scene and related evidence
  • Collect and develop evidence
  • Preserve and develop fingerprints
  • Map, measure and log the crime scene
  • Secure a crime scene
  • Present courtroom testimony

Crime Scene Technology Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Lynn Ernst
Lead Instructor, AC
(727) 341-4508

Susan Demers

Program Summary

Please contact for questions regarding this program.

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

Crime Scene technologists are employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, state attorney offices, public defender offices, medical examiners' offices, law firms and private industry.

The certificate program is designed to prepare a crime scene technician who will be able to locate, identify, process and preserve the crime scene. They will also testify in court as to their findings. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Crime Scene Technology.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0743040600: Crime Scene Technician

Federal CIP Code

43.0406: Forensic Science and Technology

Job Related Opportunities

  • Crime Lab Assistant
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Unit Supervisor
  • Fingerprint Examiner & Classification Specialist
  • Fire Inspector/Investigator
  • Forensic Science Specialist
  • Investigator/Consultant
  • Juvenile Assessment Worker
  • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
  • Property and Evidence Personnel

Admission Rules

1. Complete SPC application.
2. Take SPC placement test and take any remedial courses as student needs to be at college level writing and reading skills.

Fully Online

Graduation Rules

1. A grade of "C" or better in all designated specialty courses in this program.
2. Completion of an End-of-Program Assessment Examination.
3. Online students are required to attend a Lab Technique Review Session during their graduating term.
4. A grade of "I" will be assigned to a currently enrolled CJT course until the End of Assessment Exam and any required Lab Technique Review Session is completed.


CJE 1640 Introduction to Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 1643 Advanced Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 2644 Crime Scene Safety 3
CJE 2645 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
CJE 2672 Fingerprint Classification 3
* CJE 2671 Latent Fingerprint Development 3
CJE 2676 Biological Evidence 3
* CJL 2610 Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence 3
CJE 2673C Crime Scene Photography 4

* Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student's last semester.

Total Credits 28

Continue your education at spc

Our Crime Scene Technology Certificate is part of our Associate in Science Degree in Crime Scene Technology, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.


If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options.

Crime Scene Technology A.S. Degree