International Association for Identification (IAI)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)


Credential: Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The International Association for Identification (IAI), Certified Crime Scene Analyst is a mid-level certification for crime investigative professionals. Crime Scene Analysts work under general supervision responding to crime scenes and perform a broad range of investigative tasks to document the crime scene including taking photographs, and recovering and processing evidence. A minimum of three years of experience in crime scene related activities is required. There are also minimum training and education requirements associated with this certification.

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

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training: 96 course hours
  • 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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Applicants must have a minimum of three years in crime scene related activities.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 96 hours of Crime Scene Certification Board approved instruction in crime scene related courses within the last five years.

The Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, and good repute and must possess high ethical professional standing.

  • Composition and Cardinal Rules
  • Basic Exposure Concepts
  • Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
  • Electronic Flash
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Ultraviolet, Infrared and Fluorescence
  • Digital Imaging
  • Special Photography Situations
  • Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography

  • Understanding the Nature of Physical Evidence
  • Actions of the Initial Responding Officer
  • Processing Methodology
  • Assessing the Scene
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Crime Scene Sketching and Mapping
  • Narrative Descriptions
  • Basic Skills for Scene Processing
  • Shooting Scene Documentation and Reconstruction
  • Applying Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • The Body as a Crime Scene
  • Special Scene Considerations
  • Role of Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction

  • First Response
  • Documenting the Crime Scene
  • Fingerprints and Palmprints
  • Trace and Impression Evidence
  • Body Fluid Evidence
  • Blood Spatter Evidence
  • Firearms and Toolmark Evidence
  • Arson and Explosives
  • Electronic Crime Scene
  • Documentary Evidence
  • Motor Vehicles as Crime Scenes
  • Death Investigation
  • Forensic Anthropology, Odontology, and Entomology
  • Documenting the Actions of the CSI

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) 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

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) credential has the following recertification information:

The crime scene certification program, Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Certified Crime Scene Analyst and Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, requires recertification every five years. Renewal requirements are as follows:
  • Accumulate 80 Continuing Education/Professional Development Credits since their initial certification or last recertification.
  • Complete a recertification application.
  • Submit the required fee.
  • Take a written test.

More information can be found one the renewal page.

  • 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).

Additional considerations for the Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) include:

  • Upon approval by the Crime Scene Certification Board, an agency's structured training program hours may be reciprocated for portions of or for the amount of required hours of instruction for the applied Level.
  • The topics that qualify in the area of crime scene approved training are as listed below. The Crime Scene Certification Board, on request, will consider other topics:
    • Alternate Light Source Training
    • Arson Investigations
    • Blood Pattern Analysis
    • Clandestine Lab Training
    • Collection & Preservation of Evidence
    • Courtroom Testimony
    • Crime Scene Documentation
    • Crime Scene Investigations
    • Crime Scene Photography
    • Crime Scene Reconstruction
    • Death Investigations
    • Evidence Photography
    • Footwear and Tire Tread
    • Forensic Anthropology
    • Forensic Archeology
    • Forensic Odontology
    • Latent Print Detection/Comparison
    • Post Blast Investigations
    • Report Writing
    • Rules of Evidence
    • Sex Crime Investigations
    • Traffic Accident Investigations
    • Underwater/Subsurface search and recovery
    • Wound Dynamics

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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