Different areas of study in Policing Forensics Investigations Home Study courses

The broader field of policing forensics investigations home study courses, are broken into two categories:

  1. Investigations Studies, and
  2. Forensic Science Studies.

Investigations Studies are for people interested in investigating incident scenes or crime scenes. This means you can work in the police force, or you can work for a private investigations company.

Forensic Science Studies is for the person who wants to work in a laboratory and work with evidence like fingerprints and DNA. These people help and support investigators by collecting and analysing scientific evidence.


Investigations as a Career

According to an article on News24,  the most recent crime statistics “are the stuff of nightmares”. “The increase in key crimes shows that South Africa remains under siege from criminals.”

Today, crimes involving fraud and violence requires a new kind of expert. It demands professionals with the ability to investigate, analyse and act. And they use a combination of intuition, expertise, and strong communication skills. These people are well-trained, and always busy improving their skills and their level of training.

Our Investigations Home Study Courses can give you opportunities in these areas:

  • Government Departments
  • South African Police Services (SAPS)
  • Metropolitan Police Departments
  • Private Investigator Industry
  • Business Intelligence and Due Diligence Investigations
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Commercial Investigations
  • Organised Crime Investigations
  • Violent Crime Investigations
  • Fraud and Financial Investigations
  • Pre-employment Screening
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • Violence Investigations
  • Workers Compensation Investigations


Forensic Science as a Career

Forensic science is an important part of criminal and private investigations. The forensic scientist collects and analyses forensic evidence from an incident scene or crime scene. This evidence includes things like fingerprints and DNA. The evidence you collect may help convict a criminal and keep communities safe. Or it can help prove someone innocent, and keep them out of prison.

In forensic science, you form part of the team that provide the evidence. You also help with impartial interpretations of that scientific evidence. Part of your job is to explain the evidence to people who do not have a scientific background. Thus, effective investigations supported by the forensic sciences can lead to successful convictions in our courts.

You can use these skills in both government departments as well as in private business. Forensic science studies can lead to opportunities in the following areas:

  • Government Departments
  • South African Police Services (SAPS)
  • Metropolitan Police Departments
  • Private Investigations
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Crime Investigations


Upgrade to an Accredited Course

You can use the skills and knowledge you gain from our policing forensics investigations home study courses in your work, or to improve your CV. If you need an accredited qualification, then you can upgrade your course to receive Unit Standard Credits on the NQF, find out more about how to upgrade your course here: Upgrade Your Course. These credits can add up to a full accredited qualification for the Forensic Science programmes. For the Forensic Investigation programmes, you can earn accredited Unit Standard Credits. Note that the Unit Standard Credits in the Forensic Investigations Programme do NOT add up to a full qualification.

How do I start?

You can start right now! Call 0800 39 00 27 and a course expert will contact you to ensure this is the right course for you or you can simply fill in the enquiry form for more information. Speak to one of our course experts today. Take this link if you want a complete list of the Policing, Forensics and Investigations courses.

Last Updated: October 3th 2017

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