Basic Bloodstain Pattern Recognition Course

Course detail

Program area: Forensic Identification

Course code: BBPRC

Course registration details
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Tuition Accommodation Full Meals Total
$3,200.00 $475.00 $375.00 $4,050.00


  • Accommodations include arrival of student the night before course start date.
  • Cost is based on the Single room with a shared bathroom priced at $ 95.00/night
  • Travel grant funding may be available (for non-federal police agencies only)


This course provides the knowledge and skills required to recognise, measure and record bloodstain patterns. It explores theory, including bloodstain pattern terminology, and principles of physics on how they relate to bloodstain evidence. Students are introduced to presumptive tests, chemical reagents, and the process for identifying, documenting and collecting suitable samples for DNA testing. Proper handling and packaging of samples to avoid possible contamination and degeneration of the DNA is another component covered in the course. Knowledge and skills are developed through hands-on practice exercises and experiments where students observe how blood droplets look on different surfaces, examine the droplets' directionality, determine their point of origin and further develop their knowledge of and skills related to crime scene processing.

Format and delivery

Length of course
5 days
Class size
maximum 24 students
Delivery setting
theoretical components are delivered in classroom; practical components may take place indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions

Learning outcomes

Eligibility and mandatory requirements



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