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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 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), 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 Summary

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 Criminal Justice Technology Public Safety Services.

Graduation Requirements


1. A grade of “C” or better in all designated specialty courses in this program.

2. Students enrolled in this certificate program will be required to complete and End-of-Program Assessment Exam.  

Academic Pathways

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

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Lynn Ernst
Lead Instructor, AC

Florida CIP Code

0743040600 - Crime Scene Technician (CCC )

Federal CIP Code

43.0406 - Forensic Science and Technology.

Continue your education at spc

Our Crime Scene Technology Certificate is part of our Associate in Science Degree in Public Safety, 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