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Forensic Identification

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Program Code: FI511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personCurrent Students can view program delivery details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

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 and laboratories. 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, disaster scene management, rules of evidence, and trial procedure.

Training takes place in our 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. Finally, your forensic investigation skills and knowledge are put to the test in our mock courtroom.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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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


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What Makes This Program Different?

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.

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Is This Program Right for Me?

  • Are you an analytical thinker?
  • Able to work under pressure?
  • Detail- and task-oriented?
  • Articulate and systematic?
  • Flexible in your expectations of working conditions?
  • Able to remain calm, focused, detailed, and on-task in the face of disturbing, stressful and tragic circumstances?

If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you would make a perfect candidate for this program.

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Projects You’ll Work On

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:

  • Casting footwear impressions
  • Creating diagrams
  • Blood Spatter Experiments
  • Forensic Exhumation of a Body
  • Mock Disaster Scene
  • Creating a Crime Scene Model
  • Mock Crime Scene taken through the investigation and into a Mock Court Room

Learn from Industry-Expert Instructors

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.

Learn in the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership

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.

360° Crime Scene Lab

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Your Career

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
  • 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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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 Lakeshore Waitlisted
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 Lakeshore Closed

Forensic Identification at Humber

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Watch the video to find out about what Forensic Identification students learn at Humber and about the live labs they have access to.


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Fri, December 11, 2020

The Community and Justice Services (CJS) program held their first CJS Virtual Mock Interviews. Partner agencies volunteered their time by conducting two group interviews with 4th-semester students.

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Chris Taylor is a Humber Alumni of the Continuing Education Bylaw Enforcement course in Fall 2018. Since then, he has worked as a Provincial Offences Officer at the Ontario SPCA.

Recently, Chris has been hired as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer in the Town of Orangeville and he credits the course material from his CE class, which he studied to prepare for his interview, with helping him to succeed and land the job! Wishing Chris, the very best of luck in his new career.

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Program News

Forensic Identification - On Campus Work & Learning

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Program Highlights

Mon, December 07, 2020

The Humber College Forensic Identification (FI) program is designed for students who are interested in becoming frontline forensic investigators.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor's degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Admission to this program is a competitive process and preference is given to students with a Bachelor's degree.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,038.30
  • international: $17,027.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Debbie Harris, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3028
debbie.harris@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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