International Association for Identification (IAI)

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification


Credential: Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

International Association for Identification (IAI), Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification is for applicant's who have an understanding of biology, mathematics, and physics and the role these sciences play in determining how blood reacts when acted upon by forces creating bloodshed. Applicants must have a  formal education, technical training, experience, and two letters of endorsement. Applicants must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Association for Identification (IAI)

2131 Hollywood Blvd
Suite 403
Hollywood, FL  33020

Phone: (954) 589-0628

Fax: (954) 589-0657
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Option 1:

Bachelor's degree plus three years of experience in bloodstain pattern examination

Option 2:

Associate degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college credits) plus three years of experience as a bloodstain pattern examiner

Option 3:

High School diploma or equivalent and four years of job-related experience

Applicants must have a minimum of 240 hours of instruction in associated fields of study related to bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation. The 240 training hours must include successful completion of an approved 40 hours basic bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation course.

The Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must submit two letters of endorsement from employers/supervisors or individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's experience as it relates to the analysis/interpretation of bloodstain pattern evidence.

Written Exam

  • Knowledge of the history of BPA
  • Understanding of the scientific principles relating to BPA
  • Problem Identification
  • Hypothesis
  • Experimentation and data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Theory/Conclusions
  • Principles of physics relating to BPA
  • Physical laws of motion
  • Surface tension
  • Viscosity
  • Gravity
  • Air Resistance
  • Understanding of blood components, human anatomy, and physiology
  • Effects of environmental factors on the formation and drying time of blood
  • Air flow, humidity, temperature, substrate
  • Understanding the characteristics of blood in motion
  • Drop Formation
  • Oscillation
  • Flight Paths
  • Distribution of stains
  • Kinetic energy
  • Mathematical principles of BPA
  • Measurement of bloodstains
  • Trigonometric functions
  • Methods to determine in three-dimensional space the area of origin
  • How to identify bloodstain patterns by their size, shape, distribution and appearance
  • Demonstrate techniques of bloodstain pattern documentation to include photograph, sketches, and notes
  • Understand and explain the limitations of BPA
  • Chemical testing and documentation
  • Bio-hazard considerations
  • Effectively communicate findings, conclusions and opinions in written and/or verbal form

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification credential has the following recertification information:

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analyst certification is renewed every five years by accumulating 80 continuing education/professional development credits, passing a recertification exam, paying a recertification fee, adhering to the IAI Code of Ethics, and submitting a letter of endorsement from an employer/supervisor or person of equal level who can verify the certification holder's continued work in the area of bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation.

    Additional information can be found on the IAI website.

  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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