We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Choose the Best Evidence Training?

By Elizabeth West
Updated Feb 27, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Programs exist for people who wish to land a job in evidence collection, but the job market is limited by the size of the agency. Many employers require crime scene technicians to be sworn personnel, but some larger police departments do not. In seeking independent evidence training, it is best to look for courses at an accredited college or university. For those working as law enforcement officers, professional training and consulting firms provide evidence training classes through their respective agencies.

Those seeking a position within a law enforcement agency will likely need a degree from an accredited university in criminalistics or a related field. Coursework in photography, forensics, and physical sciences, such as biology or chemistry, is desirable. Evidence training workshops will most likely be provided to entry-level technicians or new hires. Any law enforcement experience will give the candidate an advantage in the hiring process. Larger agencies are typically far more likely to employ crime scene technicians.

Job seekers sometimes find training with specialized schools to obtain certification. Care must be taken to avoid paying for an expensive course that offers no real credentials. Schools that promise easy distance education, shortened programs, guaranteed job placement, or are difficult to research should be avoided. A good program offers close review of coursework by qualified faculty as well as scientific literacy and research qualifications.

Graduates who have completed a legitimate evidence training course can find jobs with law enforcement agencies, crime labs, or in private and corporate positions. Those working in the field can apply for a voluntary certification from the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE). Two certificates are available, one for law enforcement and the other for private sector personnel. A membership and at least one year of employment in evidence processing plus completion of IAPE's Property and Evidence Management Training Class is required to obtain certification.

Most police departments and federal agencies with crime scene units will provide evidence training to sworn personnel during their initial instruction period. If the officer is assigned to a specialized unit, additional education will be contracted with training specialists. These may include outside training firms or a higher jurisdiction’s facility, such as the FBI laboratory or Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in the US. Officers seeking additional instruction may choose university courses or those offered through professional associations. Membership in these is typically limited to law enforcement personnel.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.