Crime Scene Investigation

College: College SA
Course: National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Crime Scene Investigation
School: Forensic Investigation Studies
Programme Type: National Certificate Qualification
Partner Institute: Strategic Investigations and Seminars(SIS)
Award Type: National Certificate
Award Issued by: SASSETA – the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority
Accredited by: SASSETA
SAQA ID: 59989
NQF Level: 5
Course Duration: 18 - 24 months
Entrance Criteria:
  • Grade 12 (A Matric Certificate) OR

  • An NQF 4 Level Qualification AND

  • Mathematics AND

  • The ability to read and write in English AND


* Learners must be 16 years or older. You may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for any unit standards you may have already completed for any work-based experience you may exempt you from certain unit standards.


What is Crime Scene Investigation?


Crime Scene Investigation is designed specifically for investigators of crime scenes. This elective also focuses on the investigation of cases related to Missing Persons and Inquests.


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Why should I study Crime Scene Investigation?


Crime Scene Investigation is specifically designed for people that are employed or wish to be employed as a General Detective at any of the Police services. On completion, you will be able to conduct preliminary investigations, apply victim empowerment and witness support strategies, manage performance and investigate missing persons and inquest investigations, all in accordance with the Constitution of SA as well as other relevant legislation.


Typical career opportunities for someone who has done a course in Forensic Science:


  • Assistant Private Investigator

  • Crime Scene Investigator

  • Forensic Investigator

  • Inspector

  • Crime Scene Investigator

  • Forensic Laboratory Technician

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Course Structure


In order to complete the National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Crime Scene Investigation students must complete all of the following Subjects:


  • Apply general principles Criminal Law
  • Understanding stress
  • Function in a team
  • Demo applications of perform Management
  • Apply Victim Empowerment knowledge
  • Perform Witness support activities
  • Conduct preliminary investigations
  • Manage informers
  • Conduct an Investigative Interview
  • Manage Crime intelligence practices
  • Attend to an incident
  • Apply principles of Law and evidence
  • Investigate a crime or incident
  • Provisions of criminal procedure act
  • Administer a case file
  • Handle suspects in invest alleged crime
  • Present evidence in a court of Law
  • Investigate a missing persons case
  • Conduct an inquest investigation

For a DETAILED COURSE STRUCTURE, please click here.


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Is Crime Scene Investigation the right qualification for you?


Do this quick and easy questionnaire to find out if the Crime Scene Investigation is the right course for you. Answer either YES or NO.


  1. Are you interested in becoming a member of any of the Police services?

  2. Are you currently a member of any of the Police services?

  3. Does the field of general investigations interest you?

  4. Do you wish to register for a course that will give you skills in general investigations?

  5. Would you like to learn how to conduct preliminary investigations?

  6. Would you like to learn how to conduct an Inquest investigation?

  7. Are you interested in learning more about performing witness support activities?

  8. Are you particularly interested in the field of Missing Persons? Would you like to learn more about investigating a missing person's case?

  9. Would you like to learn more about how to apply Victim Empowerment knowledge and skills for service delivery

  10. Are you interested in studying a course with a College that will provide you with support every step of the way?


If you answered YES to more than five of these questions, then the Crime Scene Investigation is the RIGHT course for you. We recommend that you register for this course right away!


Call the College on 0800 21 23 22 to take the next step.


If you did not answer YES to more than five of the questions, then perhaps you should consider one of our other courses or fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you. Alternatively, call the College on 0800 21 23 22 to speak to one of our friendly Student Registrars and they can help you determine which is the right course for you.


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Assessment and Award


Once you have completed the prescribed assignments, SASSETA will also award you with a statement of results indicating the unit standards you have completed. Your details will be loaded onto the National Learner Record Database (NLRD).



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Click here to read more about Strategic Investigations and Seminars.


Interested? Want to find out more?


If you would like to find out more about the National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Crime Scene Investigation fill in this short form and then one of our friendly Student Registrars will respond to your questions and provide you with all the information you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Classes?


College SA is a home study college. This means that you do not have to go to class. You study at home, on the train, at work, after hours, on your lunch break, or over weekends! This means that you save a lot of costs that classroom students have to pay. Things like travel costs and accommodation are expensive for classroom students. Obviously it is also safer to study in your own home. It also means that you can work while you study, so you can earn a salary and get your qualification at the same time.


Do I get study material from the College?


College SA includes all your books, course items and study material with your course. So unlike other colleges, we shall not give you a list of books to buy. Once you have paid, you are entitled to receive all the study material you need from us. In some cases there might be recommended reading materials which the college does not provide. But this will only be materials that are not essentials to passing your course.


What is the cost of the study material?


Your study material is included in your course fees, so the college does not charge you for study material.


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