Workshops, Events & Individual Courses

Upcoming events

Canadian Forensic Science and Criminal Law Conference: Strengthening Forensic Science in the Courtroom

June 7 & 8, Vancouver

Join us for this comprehensive two-day conference on the latest issues in Forensic Science.

Presented by BCIT Forensics and the UBC Innocence Project, and with an esteemed Planning Committee comprised of judges from each level of court in BC, forensic experts, and senior crown and defence counsel from BC and beyond, this conference will critically examine how science is presented and used in criminal trials.

Topics Include:

Keynote Speaker: Maria R. Shepherd, Innocence Canada's 21st client to be exonerated, a current Director of Innocence Canada, and a Senior Paralegal at Shepherd Advocacy and Litigation

Co-chaired by Tamara Levy, QC, UBC Innocence Project, and Dean Hildebrand, PhD, BCIT Forensics, with a planning committee comprised of Justice Elizabeth Bennett; Justice Janet Winteringham; Judge Reginald Harris; David Layton, QC; Marilyn Sandford, QC; Jason Moore; Caitlin Pakosh. Supported by a generous donation from the Lew Family Foundation at UBC, permitting reasonable registration fees including an Early Bird Student Rate of only $100.

Register today!

Individual Courses

FSCT 7810 - Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences

Forensic health care and forensic nursing are emerging as new concepts in Canadian medical/health care. This course provides an overview to Forensic Health Sciences and its application to clinical practice in Canada. Although the major focus is on the nursing role, these concepts are of great importance and relevance to other allied health professionals because medical and legal issues overlap in all aspects of healthcare. This course may also be of interest to individuals who work in various investigative fields where forensic medical expertise and its application may be of value to the investigative process. This course will describe the myriad of opportunities for the application of forensic health sciences in modern society, and help the student to explore some of these options in a variety of settings. Topics such as interpersonal violence, death investigation, collection of evidence, documenting injuries, consequences of violence, and interdisciplinary collaboration in forensics health sciences will be explored. This course is delivered 100% online. No attendance required.

Prerequisites: None. This is a 3 credit undergraduate online course. This course will be of interest to nursing students, or anyone in the healthcare field who does not have the required degree for entry to the Forensic Health Sciences graduate certificate but has an interest in forensic health sciences, or anyone interested in the application of forensic medical expertise in an investigative setting. Note: ONLINE Delivery Format: Ten Modules Online Asynchronous

For full description and to register, please visit the course web page.

For more information, please contact Colin Harris.


Our workshops are one-off learning sessions for industry professionals who wish to learn something new, or simply wish to participate for general interest. We offer a wide range of workshops that occur throughout the year.

Potential students are also encouraged to register for a workshop of interest. You may attend workshops without being registered in the BTech or AC programs.

FSCT 0079 - Advanced Education Day for Nurse Examiners and Others

This seminar is designed as an advanced educational opportunity for those working or interested in the forensic health care of different populations. Forensic health sciences topics may include advanced education in sexual violence, child and elder abuse, inter personal violence and trauma, human trafficking, death investigation, legal nurse consulting, forensic psychiatric and forensic corrections for forensic nurse examiners and other interested professionals such as social workers, law enforcement, emergency health services personnel and physicians This one day seminar focuses on topics of interest to forensic nurse examiners and other professionals who provide services to the victims and potential victims of crime, violence and trauma. The day will cover a number of pertinent topics with a variety of speakers. Video Streaming to remote locations available.

Dates:  Next dates TBA
Time:  09:00 - 13:00
Locations:  BCIT Burnaby Campus and video-conferenced to remote sites.

For full description and to register, please visit the workshop web page.

Prerequisites: Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Advanced Practice RN, RN(C)- Rural Remote Certified, Outpost Nurse or by permission of the instructor.

For more information, please contact Colin Harris.

FSCT 0091 - Forensic Approaches to Caring for Victims of Violence in Primary Health Care

Forensic health care and trauma informed practice are emerging as new concepts in the medical/health care of Canadians. It can be a challenge for primary health care providers to care for victims of violence in a compassionate manner while also keeping in mind possible evidence collection and necessary medical care. This course will provide a foundation for providing trauma informed forensic medical/health care to victims of violence. This course is specifically for primary health care providers (Nurse Practitioners, Family Physicians) and RNs working in rural or remote settings (ie. RN(C)) with limited access to a forensic (or SANE) program at the local hospital. It will provide the background necessary to support both the health care needs of these patients as well as their forensic needs. 
Video Streaming to remote locations available - Contact for more information.

Dates: Next dates TBA. For full description and to register, please visit the workshop web page.

Prerequisites: Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Advanced Practice RN, RN(C)- Rural Remote Certified, Outpost Nurse or by permission of the instructor.

For more information, please contact Colin Harris.

FSCT 0098 – Forensic Entomology Field Day with Gail Anderson

This one day hands-on workshop will introduce investigators to the field of forensic entomology and how this discipline may assist you in your investigations. World renowned forensic entomologist Gail Anderson will lead this session with a half day lecture on the application of forensic entomology for investigative purposes followed by a half day hands-on field exercise studying insects at a mock scene using carrion. The lecture component will provide investigators with some practical knowledge on how insects may assist different aspects of an investigation; including the estimation of the elapsed time since death, whether a body has been disturbed or moved after death, or whether drugs where used prior to death. The hands-on practical session will give the participants experience with a 'real' situation in which insects have naturally colonized carcasses and allow them to perform full insect collections as they would at a real crime scene.

The workshop will provide the investigator with an overall understanding of entomology and its applications to criminal or sudden death investigations, collecting insect evidence at a crime scene in a manner defensible in court, the value of insect evidence, and the results which can be expected from an entomologist.

Workshop Objectives:

Date:  TBD
Location: Maple Ridge, BC

For full description and to register, please visit the workshop web page.

For more information, please contact Julia Dreyer.

Who should take this workshop: Any individual conducting investigations into events or circumstances that have led to a sudden death or homicide involving an individual or animal.

FSCT 0090 - Internet & Social Media Investigative Techniques

This three day, hands-on workshop will provide students with the latest techniques used to effectively gather online information for investigative purposes relating to persons, companies, and other assets. Students will be introduced to the methods of gathering online intelligence through social media platforms, search engines, and dark web searches. In addition, students will learn how to assess potential counter-intelligence concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on heightened awareness and the "paper trail" investigators may leave behind when using internet investigation tools. Approaches to maintain privacy and security when carrying out online investigations will also be explored and students will be introduced to a variety of online search methodologies.

Workshop Objectives:

Date: TBC
Location: BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

For full description and to register, please visit the workshop web page.

Note: There an option to attend only the first day at a reduced price of $285.

For more information, please contact Julia Dreyer.

FSCT 0092 - Interviewing and Investigative Strategies for Health Care Colleges and Other Organizations

This course is for potential inspectors/investigators charged with the responsibility of looking into complaints from the public or from within organizations of all types. Participants will be provided with knowledge and skills required to investigate complaints in accordance with governing legislation. Guidance by an experienced inspector/investigator into the investigation process utilizing examples of specialized tools and case studies, will provide resources and references for the inspector/investigator.

Date: Next dates TBD

For full description and to register, please visit the workshop web page.

For more information, please contact Colin Harris.