Forensic Identification

What will I learn in this program?

This program offers a Certificate of Completion in Forensic Identification.  The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students desiring entry level or promotional positions in law enforcement, probation, parole, and corrections.  It also provides students who are currently employed in law enforcement the opportunity to increase their education and enhance their skill and abilities as police officers, correctional officers, probation and/or parole officers, investigators and private security officers.  For those students with an Associate of Arts/Science or Baccalaureate Degree in another discipline, earning a certificate in the Administration of Justice will prepare them to enter the field of Justice Administration.

Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily, may be qualified to take civil service examinations for employment with state, county, city agencies and private agencies in the fields of policing, counseling, probation, parole, and community corrections.  Graduates may also qualify for employment as private investigators and private security officers.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

S.F. Police Officer


Average Growth

Highway Patrol Officer


Average Growth

Correctional Officers/Jailers


Average Growth

Probation Officers


Average Growth


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

CCSF Placement Test.

Does this program have any special costs?


How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Certificate of Accomplishment in Forensic Identification

1 Year

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department contact information:
Batmale Hall, Room 213
(415) 239-3202