The CJ Center at SHSU has been delivering high quality training to the criminal justice community for decades as part of its legislative mandate and ongoing commitment to advance criminal justice at the state, national, and international level.

We have been actively engaged in forensic science training initiatives since 2008, both collaboratively with scientific organizations such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and independently. Our forensic faculty are actively engaged in training and outreach activities with fellow educators, scientists, practitioners, law enforcement, attorneys and the judiciary on an ongoing basis.

Efforts to increase the number of certified forensic examiners in laboratories have received much attention, in part due to pending federal reform legislation and the willingness of some states to adopt mandatory certification requirements. Although there is widespread support, there are numerous logistical and resource challenges which will require a long-term, sustained effort over many years.

The Institute for Forensic Research, Training, and Innovation is committed to bridging this gap to meet the needs of the forensic community. Although we are focusing our efforts on disciplines with the greatest and most immediate need at present, it is our intent to provide training and resources for examination preparedness for a wide variety of forensic disciplines. Please contact us for more information on specific training needs and anticipated timelines for delivery.

Forensic Science Educator Training

Designed for middle and high school educators, the conference consists of lectures and laboratory exercises intended to provide forensic science training and assist educators incorporate these topics into a classroom curriculum. Participants will enjoy hands-on laboratory instruction supervised by experienced faculty using current forensic methods and equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.

Forensic Science Educator Training: Jun/Jul 2022
A multidisciplinary conference covering topics such as forensic chemistry, toxicology and drugs, forensic biology and DNA, forensic anthropology, firearms, physical and trace evidence. Includes hands-on lab, forensic practitioners with real-world experience and a curriculum development workshop.

Advanced FSET: Jun/Jul 2022
Feel like a forensic scientist in one of these advanced courses! Includes discipline specific training and hands-on use of state-of-the art scientific equipment found in crime labs. Space is limited. Choose from one of the following tracks: Forensic Biology/DNA, Physical & Trace Evidence, or Toxicology/Drugs.

Certification Training

American Board of Criminalistics

Drug Chemistry

Comprehensive Criminalistics

Molecular Biology

ABC Study Guides can be downloaded at


Our collaborative partner, the Applied Anatomical Research Center (AARC) Facility is a willed-body donation facility offering training on a variety of forensic topics related to human decomposition, crime scene investigation and forensic science.

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