National Credential
Credential: Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

International Association for Identification (IAI), Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification is for applicant's who have an understanding of biology, mathematics, and physics and the role these sciences play in determining how blood reacts when acted upon by forces creating bloodshed. Applicants must have a  formal education, technical training, experience, and two letters of endorsement. Applicants must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS other          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted Q8 Senior Special Victims Investigator (SSVI) ASI most          
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Association for Identification (IAI)
2131 Hollywood Blvd
Suite 403
Hollywood, FL  33020
Phone: (954) 589-0628
Fax: (954) 589-0657
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Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

Option 1: Bachelor's degree plus three years of experience in bloodstain pattern examination

Option 2: Associate degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college credits) plus three years of experience as a bloodstain pattern examiner

Option 3: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of job-related experience

Applicants must have a minimum of 240 hours of instruction in associated fields of study related to bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation. The 240 training hours must include successful completion of an approved 40 hours basic bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation course.

The Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must submit two letters of endorsement from employers/supervisors or individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's experience as it relates to the analysis/interpretation of bloodstain pattern evidence.

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

  • Knowledge of the history of BPA
  • Understanding of the scientific principles relating to BPA
  • Problem Identification
  • Hypothesis
  • Experimentation and data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Theory/Conclusions
  • Principles of physics relating to BPA
  • Physical laws of motion
  • Surface tension
  • Viscosity
  • Gravity
  • Air Resistance
  • Understanding of blood components, human anatomy, and physiology
  • Effects of environmental factors on the formation and drying time of blood
  • Air flow, humidity, temperature, substrate
  • Understanding the characteristics of blood in motion
  • Drop Formation
  • Oscillation
  • Flight Paths
  • Distribution of stains
  • Kinetic energy
  • Mathematical principles of BPA
  • Measurement of bloodstains
  • Trigonometric functions
  • Methods to determine in three-dimensional space the area of origin
  • How to identify bloodstain patterns by their size, shape, distribution and appearance
  • Demonstrate techniques of bloodstain pattern documentation to include photograph, sketches, and notes
  • Understand and explain the limitations of BPA
  • Chemical testing and documentation
  • Bio-hazard considerations
  • Effectively communicate findings, conclusions and opinions in written and/or verbal form

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Bloodstain Pattern Analyst Certification credential has the following recertification information:

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analyst certification is renewed every five years by accumulating 80 continuing education/professional development credits, passing a recertification exam, paying a recertification fee, adhering to the IAI Code of Ethics, and submitting a letter of endorsement from an employer/supervisor or person of equal level who can verify the certification holder's continued work in the area of bloodstain pattern analysis/interpretation.

    Additional information can be found on the IAI website.