Public Service Technology

Latent Print Development, Collection, and Classification - Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Latent Print Development, Collection, and Classification is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to secure latent and visible prints at crime scenes or from evidence and to classify those prints for identification and comparison. The curriculum teaches the techniques, procedures, and practices used in the detection, development, and processing of prints, regardless of type or circumstance, and the classification and comparison of prints, including systems such as AFIX Tracker. This certificate is specifically designed for students who are currently in law enforcement, or who are planning to seek a position in law enforcement and advance to the position of a criminal investigator or an assignment to a crime-scene unit. It is intended for those students who have completed the A.A.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), or a similar program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or in-service law enforcement officers with the permission of the Department Chair. 

Credit Requirements: 27 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

This advanced-certificate program is designed to provide students with the general and specific techniques, procedures, and practices to secure latent and visible prints at crime scenes or from evidence and to classify those prints for identification and comparison.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

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