(Forensic Training)


One Day Events

  • Saturday, January 12: Orientation to Academy (free)
  • Saturday, January 19: Evidence Packaging Workshop ($69); 4 hours
  • Saturday, February 9: Coroner Career Series Seminar ($39); 2 hours
  • Saturday, February 16: CSI Career Series Seminar ($39); 2 hours
  • Saturday, March 9: Orientation to Academy (free); 9 am to 11 am
  • Saturday, March 16: OPEN HOUSE (free)–TENTATIVE
  • Saturday, March 23: Ballistics Workshop ($99); 8 hours
  • Saturday, March 30: Death Investigation from Forensic Perspective ($149); 16 hours–TENTATIVE
  • Saturday, April 6: Mandatory Meeting for all ACCEPTED FSA Students
  • Saturday, April 13: First day of FSA 2019
  • Saturday, April 27: Impression Evidence Workshop ($99); 8 hours–TENTATIVE


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There is a necessity to prepare the next generation of crime scene specialists for employment in the field of forensics. Specialized forensic training courses for those devoted to a forensic/criminalist career are offered in topics such:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fingerprint classification
  • Death Investigation
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Blood Evidence – Bloodstain Patterns
  • Unusual Suicides – Investigation, Pathology & Evidence
  • Forensic Evidence Photography
  • Positional Asphyxiation
  • Investigating Drowning Deaths
  • Evidence Collection – Types and Classifications
  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Ten Essential Steps to a Forensic Career

The Vollmer Institute Forensic Science Academy provides a hybrid learning environment with in-class and online programs, Podcasts, Webinars, live lecture updates to enhance your job interview and mentoring by professionals in the field of forensics. Students of the Vollmer Institute, LLC will be eligible for selected conferences and symposiums on death Investigations and career mentoring.

The Managing Director for the Forensic Science Academy, Terri Armenta, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management and Human Resources and a Master of Forensic Science. She is a specialist in Comparative Medicine and an Instructor in Criminalistics at Mount Saint Mary’s University. With over 20 years of forensic experience, her ability to make her topics come alive in the classroom are unparalleled.


There is a necessity to prepare the next generation of crime scene specialists for employment in the field of forensics.



June 3, 2019 to August 9, 2019

September 23, 2019 to November 29, 2019


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Welcome to the SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute! We are the official training arm of SketchCop® Solutions – “The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging & Identification”.

Our goal is to train the next generation of forensic artists and facial imaging technicians through promoting the use of forensic facial imaging by law enforcement and other related industries during criminal investigations.

The SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute offers training in the use of digital illustration tools paired with digital imaging/artist software that traditional forensic artists can deploy during criminal investigations.

For non-artists who wish to create facial composites, we offer training in the use of our SketchCop® Facial Composite System Software, paired with the same digital illustration tools and digital imaging/artist software.

Our current course – Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement, features The SketchCop Solution™ – 5 Steps to Creating Effective Facial Composites.

Additional course topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modern techniques in forensic art
  • Using SketchCop® Facial Composite System Software
  • Overview of digital illustration tools
  • Adobe® Photoshop & Elements
  • Corel Painter & Essentials
  • Facial anatomy & aging techniques
  • Eyewitness profiles
  • The cognitive interview
  • Facial composites in the media
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Practical exercises
  • Much, much more

This course was developed by Michael W. Streed – The SketchCop® and is based upon his four-decades as one of the world’s most experienced forensic artists. He is the resident forensic artist at SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute and will be teaching this course and several others. (SketchCop Bio.)

Attendees are required to bring their own laptop or tablet computer with Windows O/S.

Training materials are provided by SketchCop® Solutions and a Certificate of Attendance is awarded to those who successfully complete the course.

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Forensic Science FAQs

What is Forensic Science?

Forensic Science

Forensic Science is defined with law enforcement, public health, criminal laws, and criminal justice. Forensic science programs will educate you on how to find clues about the crime. This science helps to understand what occurred, how it occurred and when it occurred.

What about Forensic School?

Forensic Academy

The Forensic Science Academy was initially designed to provide a degree for working as forensic scientists.  Also, the forensic school provides an advanced curriculum and relevant professional training for all students. The students will have employment opportunities across the United States and the world. Our classes are held in California. When our students get their forensic science degree, they can use their knowledge to work in legally contested environments. Our goal is to improve the forensic training and all related syllabus as well as creating the most effective forensic academy.

Who is Crime Scene Investigator? What does a Forensic Scientist Do?

Crime scene investigator examines the crime scene and gathers all the forensic evidence related to the crime such as hair, blood sample, and fingerprint in order to specify their relation in criminal investigations.

Forensic scientist analyzes the samples which crime scene investigator delivered to the criminal lab.

What are the Specialized Forensic Science Careers?

Forensic Science Careers

There are a lot of job opportunities in the forensic science field such as forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic psychiatry, forensic odontology, forensic engineering, forensic accounting and etc.

How Much Does a Forensic Science Technician Make?

An average annual salary is about $47000 to $122000. In some section, they also get hourly wage in which they get $22 to $58.

How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator?

However academic training is an important part of obtaining a job position, you have to educate and prepare yourself to become a forensic scientist.  For this purpose, you have to attend the forensic school courses including forensic science academy, forensic anthropology, forensic biology, biology, or chemistry; criminal justice or general studies with coursework in forensics. You can participate in forensics training in California and learn whatever you need to become a forensic scientist.

What Courses Should I Take in High School to Prepare for a Career in Forensic Science?

If you have not graduated from high school yet, you need to focus on the lessons of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. Also, due to writing reports, you must increase your writing skills. Forensic science contains various fields, but if you have solid training, you can continue your studies at college.

What Kind of Education do I Require to Start a Career in Forensic Science?

You must at least have a bachelor’s degree in a field of chemistry, biology or physics. Also, in the coursework, you have to take microscopy, statistics and laboratory work courses.

Do I Need to Have a Master’s Degree to Get a ob in Forensic Science?

Continuing education in this field depends on the job position you want and your personal situation. If you are interested in hiring at the specific lab, you must contact the lab manager to find out what kind of force they are looking for.

Where can I Find more Information about the Forensic Science?

You can read the following articles:

How to Become a Forensic Scientist and Crime Scene Investigator in CA
A Complete Guide to Forensic Science Education

If you have any more questions you contact us through the following information:
Phone: (800) 295-6041

Is It Necessary to Have a Forensic Science Degree for Employment as a Crime Scene Investigator or Working in a Crime Lab?

If you have high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, and adequate job experience or have any other degrees related to this field such as forensics or criminals justice, you can apply for a position as a forensic scene investigator.

If you are looking for a position in crime labs, you should have degrees in chemistry, biology or physics.

Do Law Enforcement Agencies or Federal Agents Require a Forensic Science Degree?

No. Only a four-year degree of job-related field is necessary, but not exactly a forensic science degree. If you are looking for a particular job position, it is recommended you to visit the organization Website before you attend the forensic science academy courses to find out what degrees they need.