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At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation - Online-Accelerated   

Online instructor-led course conducted over two consecutive weeks.

You must register at least 7 business days before the start date if you're in the U.S. and 21 if you're outside the U.S.

Presented entirely online, this course will arm you with the necessary skills to conduct a thorough traffic crash investigation and properly document your findings for courtroom presentation.

You will learn the proper procedures for measuring, scale diagramming, and photographing in order to record physical evidence and essential facts available only at the crash scene. You will learn the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and engineering as they pertain to crash investigations and the proper mathematical equations to apply for the type of crash being investigated. Finally, you will learn to analyze the information to determine what happened before, during, and after the collision.

Topics Include

  • Physical evidence from the roadway
  • Physical evidence from the vehicle
  • The human element and occupant kinematics
  • Mathematical principles and equations
  • Skid marks and vehicle speeds
  • Crash scene photography
  • Traffic templates
  • Measuring and scale diagramming
  • Driver and witness interviews
  • Information analysis and case preparation


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

Course Length

80 hours


For Florida Officers, this course will not qualify for Salary Incentive Credit for FDLE course “Traffic Homicide Investigation.”

IMPORTANT: Required materials will be shipped to you before the first day of class.

Online Details

Online environment: This course is interactive, instructor-led, and divided into daily modules. At the end of each day, the current module will close and a new module will open. Each student must successfully pass the quiz to progress to the next day of the course. The entire class progresses through the materials together like traditional classroom training. There are no provisions to skip modules or work ahead of the rest of the class. Class activities will take place Monday through Friday (only) for two consecutive weeks. Each day will require approximately 6-10 hours of class.

This is not a self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments each day by midnight. Video lectures will be available each day beginning at midnight and learning activities must be completed each day.

The instructor will be available by e-mail and discussion forums throughout the course. He/She will be your guide and will assist you with questions every step along the way.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required. Some assignments will require you to upload a scanned or photographed project.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The course was set up very well. The combination of reading assignments and video presentations and quizzes was very effective for learning. –  Ofc. T.D.
  • "As someone who was deathly afraid of the math portion, I found the online class to be very informative, gave great examples which allowed me to work out the problems and understand the concept behind the math." –  Ofc. C.F.
  • "I thought the instructor did a great job explaining how to do the work. I gained so much knowledge with the course. The instructor was great about responding to emails in a timely manner." –  Inv. T.M.
  • "I liked the flexibility of the schedule." –  Ofc. E.H.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.









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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