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The Forensic Investigation Advanced Certificate Program was initiated at BCIT in 1997. The objective of this program is to enhance the theoretical knowledge base and investigative capabilities of the people who work alongside specialized professionals in the diverse fields involved in solving a crime. Students gain a clear understanding of the principles, procedures, technologies and the legal ramifications of investigator’s work.

The General Criminalistics option is designed for current law enforcement supervisors, team leaders and managers, or those seeking promotion to management-oriented positions. Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the criminalistics field, and enhance their expertise in managing effectively within the criminal justice system.

The program

The Advanced Certificate Program requires completion of common core courses plus selected courses from specialized concentration courses and electives for a total of 24.0 credits.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Graduates from the General Criminalistics Option may be employed in a range of investigative positions, depending on the student’s academic background and work experience. This may include:

  • Technologist, Analyst or Scientist (with an advanced degree(s)) in a Forensic Laboratory
  • Police Officer
  • Coroner

Graduates from the General Criminalistics Option will gain the additional skills and knowledge that professionals require to work successfully in the prevention and investigation of commercial crime and computer crime. There is a growing requirement for professionals in both the private and public sectors. Some position titles include:

  • Police detective
  • Provincial investigator
  • Manager, corporate security
  • Network security manager
  • Risk manager
  • Internal auditor
  • Loss claims investigator
  • Forensic accountant
  • Securities investigator
  • Private security/investigations practitioner

Graduates will be able to function both as professionals in their own right and as members of multi-disciplinary teams composed of financial and investigative professionals.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dana Adams – Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford – Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb – President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung – Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe – Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega – General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin – Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk – Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram – Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services
  • Jagjit Sumra – Director, Investigative Services, Canada Post

Contact Us

Dave McKay, Program Coordinator

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