North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Chemical Processing and Advanced Photography

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

Who Should Attend:

Individuals assigned to Crime Scene Investigation Units, criminal investigators, and those new to investigations.

Course Goals:

To provide the crime scene technician with basic chemical processing techniques to better locate, collect, preserve and document evidence found at crime scenes, as well as, provide training in advanced photographic techniques to record the processed evidence for documentation, comparison and evidentiary purposes.  

Course Objectives:

At the end of this block of instruction, the student will be able to:

► Identify the concepts of chemical development in fingerprint location and development.
► Establish evidentiary potential of hidden evidence at crime scene.
► Locate and properly document hidden evidence utilizing chemical processing techniques.
► Demonstrate evidence documentation and collection procedures as it relates to chemical processing and photography.
► Demonstrate appropriate photographic techniques for recovery of luminescent fingerprint patterns found at  crime scenes. 
► Develop latent and biological evidence utilizing a variety of chemical techniques and varying media substance. 


This course employs lecture, conference, case examinations and an analytical exercise.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved on the written final exam.
Special Concerns:
This course employs the use of chemicals, and students are encouraged to bring any respiratory protective devices they currently use, as well as, any forensic light source that they and their agency currently employ. Students are requested to bring their department issued digital SLR format camera, tripod and off-camera flash for photography exercises. In addition, students are encouraged to bring a flashlight and alternate light/forensic light source that they currently employ.


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Length of Course:

Five days - 40 hours

CICP Credit

Limit 3 students per department.