Re: What is required (Education Wise) to become CSI
Hey! I'm from South Africa and currently busy with my Bachelors degree in Chemical and Polymer sciences at Stellenbosch University. My only problem is that i don't know whether this degree would fit to become a CSI? I'm still in first year of studies would be able to do honours degree in US..
Basic educational requirements for the job at the agency you are applying to. It is different from agency to agency. Some require only a High School education. Some a degree in Criminal Justice or forensics. Others require a degree in a physical science.
The classes you took in the Criminal Justice program. Did you take a crime scene investigation or evidence collection lab class?
The competition. Will the other candidates have more specialized degrees that will make them better choices?
Also, look at the employment page to see what the requirements are for jobs posted there.
If you have a specific agency in mind, contact them and find out what they require. If you can, you want to somehow exceed what they require. More education or experience. Experience can include an internship or volunteering at an agency. If you volunteer at the agency you want to eventually work at, they can get to know you and that could help when you apply.
Crime scene investigations is an interesting and worthwhile career. I wish you the best in your endeavors.
I am completing a Criminal Justice Diploma program and I'm interested in becoming a CSI is that possible with this degree or will I need further education and if so what?