Training

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 global level.

We have been actively engaged in forensic science training initiatives for more than a decade, both collaboratively with scientific organizations such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), but also 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.

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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

Forensic Science Educator Training
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. Contact us for more information and course availability.

Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility is a willed-body donation facility offering training on a variety of topics related to human anatomy and forensic anthropology, human decomposition, crime scene investigation, physical evidence, fire investigation and explosives, and other forensic topics. If you would like to be added to our Short Course Notification registry, please contact us at 936-294-2310, or stafs@shsu.edu.

Licensing

Rules regarding forensic analysts licensing are published in the Texas Administrative Code. This includes specific coursework requirements for some forensic disciplines in accordance with 651.207 of the Texas Administrative Code. Forensic analysts applying for licensure require a three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Statistics

Students may choose from a traditional three-semester credit hour course that is available online during fall, spring or summer semesters, or a flexible format online course. The flexible online statistics course fulfills the forensic analyst licensing requirements. Students can enroll in this course at any time. The course is self-paced and can be completed in approximately forty hours. Click here to register. For more information on these courses and registration options, please contact us.

Department of Public Safety

Forensic Practitioner Training

The Texas legislature appropriated funding to support educational services and training to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). For more information on this initiative contact Andrea Hoke, Project Director at alb023@shsu.edu. If you are a DPS employee and need to access the training portal, click here.

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

Advanced Forensic Science Educator Training
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. Contact us for more information and course availability.

Certification Training

The IFRTI is developing an online resource to assist practitioners prepare for certification examinations such as those administered by the American Board of Criminalistics in Drug Chemistry, Comprehensive Criminalistics and Molecular Biology. For more information on training related to certification, contact us.