Forensics Courses

Institute of Crime Investigations and Forensic Studies


Crime and Investigation Courses

Forensics Courses are for people interested in investigating allegations of crime or misconduct. This means you could work in the police service, or you could work for a commercial investigations company, or a government department that deal with investigations.


Forensics Science Programmes

Forensic Science Studies is for the person who wants to work in a laboratory or as a crime scene technician 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  skills that may be used 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 commercial 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 suspect 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 collect, analyse, interpret and present 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 commercial business. Forensic science studies can lead to skills that may be used in the following areas:

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

Upgrade to an Accredited Course

You can use the skills and knowledge you gain from our policing science and forensics investigations home study courses in your work, or to improve your CV. If you need Credits on the NQF , then you can upgrade your course to receive related 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: December 4, 2017

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