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Forensic Bloodstains: Enhancement and Documentation   

This course will provide you with in-depth instruction on the correct procedures for processing blood evidence at a crime scene or in a lab. You will gain an understanding of basic bloodstain patterns encountered at crime scenes, how to properly document those patterns, and how to utilize various chemical enhancement techniques. You will learn methods to evaluate a crime scene to determine the type of crime that has been committed and the physical parameters of the area of involvement. We will show you how to properly locate, document, collect, and preserve the physical evidence at the scene. You will also be introduced to networks and databases that can assist you in the investigative process.

Exercises will reinforce the classroom discussions to enhance your understanding of the basic principles of bloodstain pattern analysis, enhancement techniques, including chemical and alternate light sources, and proper documentation and collection.

Topics Include

  • Crime scene analysis
  • Overview of bloodstain principles
  • Recognition of bloodstain patterns
  • Presumptive tests for blood
  • Blood chemical enhancement techniques
  • Photography documentation


Crime scene technicians, crimes against persons detectives, investigations supervisors, forensic investigators, first responding officers, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and non-sworn personnel who process crime scenes.

This course is restricted to active sworn and non-sworn law enforcement and medical examiner personnel.

Course Length

16 hours


You must have a basic working knowledge of your assigned camera system.

What to Bring


  • Agency issued camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) and accessories
  • Tripod
  • Laptop
  • SD card reader


  • Soft clothing for day 2. You will be handling chemicals during hands-on practicals.
  • Light jacket as the classroom may be cool.


This is an introductory bloodstain chemical enhancement and documentation course. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera systems for the documentation portion of the course. This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “I would take all training offered by this instructor. Outstanding training! Great job with all of the hands-on stations!.” - Crime Scene Specialist D.M.
  • "The course was very interesting and informative. It was well taught and the instructor was very knowledgeable." - Detective B.P.
  • "Excellent course. Nancy was fantastic. Very knowledgeable. - Officer D.C.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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