National Credential
Credential: Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

The International Association for Identification (IAI), Certified Crime Scene Analyst is a mid-level certification for crime investigative professionals. Crime Scene Analysts work under general supervision responding to crime scenes and perform a broad range of investigative tasks to document the crime scene including taking photographs, and recovering and processing evidence. A minimum of three years of experience in crime scene related activities is required. There are also minimum training and education requirements associated with this certification.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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 31B Military Police MOS other          
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI some          
Enlisted P8 Basic Special Victims Investigator (BSVI) ASI some          
Enlisted Q8 Senior Special Victims Investigator (SSVI) ASI some          
Enlisted Q9 Traffic Management and Collision Investigator ASI most          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI other          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted V5 Military Police Investigation ASI most          Gap Analysis
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS some        

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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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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: 3 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training: 96 course hours
  • 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)
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Phone: (954) 589-0628
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Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years in crime scene related activities.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 96 hours of Crime Scene Certification Board approved instruction in crime scene related courses within the last five (5) years.

The Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, and good repute and must possess high ethical professional standing.

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

  • Composition and Cardinal Rules
  • Basic Exposure Concepts
  • Focus, Depth of Field, and Lenses
  • Electronic Flash
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Ultraviolet, Infrared and Fluorescence
  • Digital Imaging
  • Special Photography Situations
  • Digital Image Processing of Evidentiary Photography
  • Understanding the Nature of Physical Evidence
  • Actions of the Initial Responding Officer
  • Processing Methodology
  • Assessing the Scene
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Crime Scene Sketching and Mapping
  • Narrative Descriptions
  • Basic Skills for Scene Processing
  • Shooting Scene Documentation and Reconstruction
  • Applying Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • The Body as a Crime Scene
  • Special Scene Considerations
  • Role of Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction
  • First Response
  • Documenting the Crime Scene
  • Fingerprints and Palmprints
  • Trace and Impression Evidence
  • Body Fluid Evidence
  • Blood Spatter Evidence
  • Firearms and Toolmark Evidence
  • Arson and Explosives
  • Electronic Crime Scene
  • Documentary Evidence
  • Motor Vehicles as Crime Scenes
  • Death Investigation
  • Forensic Anthropology, Odontology, and Entomology
  • Documenting the Actions of the CSI

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) 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.

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) credential has the following recertification information:

The crime scene certification program, Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Certified Crime Scene Analyst and Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, requires recertification every five years. Renewal requirements are as follows:
  • Accumulate 80 Continuing Education/Professional Development Credits since their initial certification or last recertification.
  • Complete a recertification application.
  • Submit the required fee.
  • Take a written test.

More information can be found one the renewal page.

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Additional considerations for the Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) include:

  • Upon approval by the Crime Scene Certification Board, an agency's structured training program hours may be reciprocated for portions of or for the amount of required hours of instruction for the applied Level.
  • The topics that qualify in the area of crime scene approved training are as listed below. The Crime Scene Certification Board, on request, will consider other topics:
    • Alternate Light Source Training
    • Arson Investigations
    • Blood Pattern Analysis
    • Clandestine Lab Training
    • Collection & Preservation of Evidence
    • Courtroom Testimony
    • Crime Scene Documentation
    • Crime Scene Investigations
    • Crime Scene Photography
    • Crime Scene Reconstruction
    • Death Investigations
    • Evidence Photography
    • Footwear and Tire Tread
    • Forensic Anthropology
    • Forensic Archeology
    • Forensic Odontology
    • Latent Print Detection/Comparison
    • Post Blast Investigations
    • Report Writing
    • Rules of Evidence
    • Sex Crime Investigations
    • Traffic Accident Investigations
    • Underwater/Subsurface search and recovery