Community colleges and universities, as well as many online institutions, such as ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan University, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Phoenix, offer these programs. In general, criminal justice, crime scene investigation, and forensic science certificate and degree programs include forensic photography courses. Certification is also available through the International Association for Identification.
Students can also begin with a degree in photography, available through community colleges and universities, supplementing this training with a certificate program or degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or a forensics-related field. Supplemental training and continuing education courses in forensic photography are also available through community colleges and vocational schools, as well as private programs such as Forensic Pieces, which includes basic and advanced forensic photography among its crime scene investigation courses.
There are no mandatory educational requirements for forensic photographers, but it is an increasingly competitive field. Training, internships and coursework related to crime scene investigation, rules of evidence, accident documentation and advanced digital photography skills increase a candidate's employment options.
As of 2015, a certification for forensic photographers is available through the International Association for Identification. It requires a minimum of three years of experience as a photographer; 40 hours of photography courses through a college, law enforcement academy or the association; and a current job in the field of forensics that includes forensic photography.