The only program of its kind in Ontario, the Forensic Identification graduate certificate program provides you with leading-edge forensic knowledge and skills for public and private policing. Designed for students who are interested in becoming frontline investigators, the program’s unique hands-on approach provides expert instruction utilizing the most modern criminal forensic technology within a specialized curriculum. You will study advanced fingerprint development and analysis, physical matching of footwear and tool marks, DNA and blood profiling, forensic interviewing, fraudulent document examination, rules of evidence, and trial procedure.
Learning takes place in a state-of-the-art crime scene studio and forensic lab located at the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership. This innovative facility features a simulation lab for processing forensic evidence from staged crime scenes including photography, fingerprint development, advanced evidence collection techniques, and digital crime scene mapping. The centre also features four interviewing labs for practising interviewing techniques and assessing credibility. Finally, your forensic investigation skills and knowledge are put to the test in our mock courtroom.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Mitigate personal, public and legal risk during crime scene investigations by adhering to industry established ethical and technical standards
Document crime scenes using various methods including scale diagrams, models and charts to present forensic evidence in judicial proceedings
Preserve evidence using established forensic techniques and standards to aid investigations
Employ a range of fingerprint collection and analysis techniques to contribute to investigations
Evaluate the legality, reliability and limitations of forensic interviewing techniques to inform professional practices
Analyze bloodstain pattern evidence to establish its value, meaning and limitations
Articulate justification for arrest, search and seizure to aid in judicial proceedings
Assess the authenticity of documents to support and validate evidence in civil and criminal investigations
Communicate with colleagues and the public in high-stress environments to contribute to investigative goals and to maintain the human rights of everyone involved
This program is hosting an Information Session in January 2020.
While there are several universities that offer forensic programs with a theoretical science-based curriculum, Humber is the only public college in Canada that provides a comprehensive hands-on approach to forensic identification.
From day one, we'll have you in our state-of-the-art labs, such as our crime scene lab, forensic studio, interview rooms, and our realistic mock courtroom, working on a variety of engaging forensic-based projects. In two semesters, you’ll develop career-ready skills in forensics, making you a highly desirable candidate to employers in the Criminal Justice field.
If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you would make a perfect candidate for this program.
In this program, you'll learn by doing. In our heavily project-based curriculum, you’ll develop expertise in forensic identification skills. Some projects you’ll be working on include:
Our professors and faculty are made up of current and retired forensic professionals. They bring decades of real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom, and, are dedicated to providing support and mentorship on your academic journey, ensuring you're ready for this demanding but rewarding career.
Students will also have the unique opportunity to gain additional support from lab technologists who are familiar with the equipment in the fingerprinting and photography classes. Students will receive practical advice, support, and a friendly, helping hand.
Students take classes in the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership, an 18,000-square-foot centre located on the Humber Lakeshore Campus. In the forensic lab – featuring leading-edge forensic technologies – get exposed to and become proficient with the latest, state-of-the-art forensic equipment.
Simulations are conducted in our crime scene lab, which features a small apartment in the centre of the classroom. Here, you’ll carry out forensic procedures and investigations. Interview rooms are adjacent to the classrooms to aid in practical forensic interviewing assignments. In our mock court, you’ll be tested on the admissibility of evidence in highly realistic scenarios where you will take on both the role of the crown and defence counsel.
We're committed to providing students with realistic working conditions, and sometimes, it's not always pretty. As a Forensic Investigator, you'll often have to work outside during harsh weather conditions, which is why some Fall classes will be set outside. For instance, photography assignments are sometimes done in the cold and rain, and the forensic exhumation of a body is carried out at a mock grave site on the Lakeshore property.
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Upon completion of the program, graduates may find employment in public law enforcement such as municipal, provincial or federal police and regulatory agencies, border services, transit services, or correctional services. Graduates may wish to work as a civilian employee of a police service, a uniformed police officer as a scenes-of-crime officer, or in specialized units such as forensic identification or criminal investigations. They may also find employment in private policing as a corporate or insurance investigator.
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