North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation


Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Those law enforcement officers who have successfully completed NCJA At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation.

Course Goals:

To enable participants to interpret and analyze traffic crash evidence. A copy of the training certificate issued for successful completion of the pre-requisite course(s) must accompany the course application for the student to be considered for registration.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

1.  Interpret evidence from vehicles and roadway at the scene of a crash.

2.  Describe vehicle/occupant behavior during a crash.

3.  Conduct field sketching and scale diagramming. 

Perform a variety of mathematical formulas including:
-Speed calculations
-Acceleration and drag factor measurements.


This course employs demonstration, lecture and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Proper attire for classroom is business casual, slacks and collared shirt (no shorts, t-shirts, sandals, etc.).

Satisfactory completion of practical exercises conducted throughout the course must be accomplished. A minimum score of 75% must be attained on the final exam.

Special Concerns:
Students should bring all traffic crash investigation equipment they normally have available. Students should also bring a scientific calculator capable of trigonometric functions. Students should plan to spend some time at night to complete practical exercise assignments.


Register for ALL NCJA classes ((online, traditional and web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.



Course Coordinator:

Kris Merithew


Length of Course:

Ten days - 80 hours


TEICP Accredited Course

The correct sequence for completing the traffic crash investigation courses should be:

•  Introduction to Traffic Crash Investigation (40 hours)

•  At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation (40 hours)

•  Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation (80 hours)

•  Traffic Crash Reconstruction (80 hours)