Hosting and Attending Courses FAQ and Cancellation/Refund Policy

Hosting a Course

As the hosting agency, what are we responsible for providing?

As the hosts, we ask that you provide a comfortable location for the course. This can range from a training center at your agency to a hotel conference room. The most important factor is that the room has audio and visual capabilities for video and PowerPoint. For the brochure, we also ask that you recommend some lodging that is convenient to the course location.
Refreshments are appreciated, but certainly not required.

Note: Majority of our courses involve hands-on, practical exercises. When hosting a course such as the Buried Body and Surface Skeleton, or Shooting/ Crime Scene Reconstruction, it’s a good idea to have a location with outdoor facilities that allow gun-firing exercises, or space to bury skeletons that will later be recovered.

What is the minimum and maximum number of students for a course?

The minimum number of students for a course is 12.   A free slot is acquired for the agency when 12 paying students are registered. Generally, there is no maximum cap for a course. If needed, we’ll usually go by the maximum capacity of the course location.

How will the course be advertised?

After a course is scheduled with your agency, we’ll create a brochure for the course that your department can send out to nearby departments and other agencies. We at Forensic Pieces will also be posting the course on our website, the IAI and FDIAI websites, and sending out newsletters advertising the course.

Attending a Course

We recommend registering for courses as soon as possible as space can be limited, and being on the roster means you will receive any important updates and alerts regarding the course. However, you can register for a course up until one week before its start date.

What if I need an invoice?

If you need an invoice or receipt for tuition to be reimbursed by your department, please contact our office and we would be happy to send one.

What is the tuition?

Typically, tuition for a 5-day course runs at $545 , and tuition for a 3-day course runs at $325-$495.

Do these course hours apply to the IAI’s training hours?

Yes! At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion that also reflects the training hours that can be applied towards the IAI.

How do I prepare for a course?

With the exception of the IAI Crime Scene Certification Prep course, there are no required preparations for a course. Some course materials, such as calculators, laptops, digital cameras, etc. are strongly suggested; this information can be found on that course’s specific brochure. Course notebooks, handouts, etc. will be provided for you.

How do I prepare for the CSI Book Review course?

If you are planning on taking a IAI Crime Scene Certification Prep course, and taking the exam on the final day, it is extremely important to submit your testing application to the IAI as soon as possible as an approved application will be required in order to take the exam. The IAI asks for at least 60-90 days advance in order to process these applications. When submitting your application, it’s very helpful to include a note that specifies which course you are planning to take.
There are also required texts mandated by the IAI for the CCSI and CCSA exams. These texts will be used and discussed throughout the course.

More information on the exam applications and required texts can be found on the IAI website, here: http://www.theiai.org/certifications/crime_scene/index.php

Required textbooks have been updated as of April of 2015.  

Note: Application fees and IAI mandated texts are not included in the tuition for the CSI Book Review courses.  

How do I know if I qualify to take the CSI Exam?

Information on qualifying to test for CCSI or CCSA can be found on the IAI website, here: http://www.theiai.org/certifications/crime_scene/student.php

Do I have to take the exam on the last day of the CSI Book Review course?

You do not have to take the exam on the final day of the course. In fact, many people prefer to take the exam at a later date so that they can take extra time to study on their own. However, it is still encouraged that you attend the course on the final day as the beginning portion of the class is still in lecture and question and answer format to help prepare for the exam.

Cancelation Policy

At Forensic Pieces, we understand that sometimes things happen in one's professional or personal lives that may affect their ability to attend a scheduled class.  There may also be a circumstance when Forensic Pieces may have to cancel or reschedule a class due to attendance requirements or unforseen emergencies.  We have outlined our cancelation policy below to address the different circumstances that may occur.

What if Forensic Pieces cancels a class?

In the event that Forensic Pieces should cancel a class, all registrants would be notified a minimum of 7 days in advance.  All payments will be refunded within 45 days of a cancelation notice; however the registrant may apply the payment toward  any other course that Forensic Pieces offers.

What if Forensic Pieces reschedules a class?

Should Forensic Pieces  reschedule a class, all those registered for that class will be notified a minimum of 7 days in advance of the scheduled class date.  Those individuals already registered for that class will be given first opportunity to reserve seating in the newly rescheduled class.  Registration fees paid for a class that has been rescheduled can be refunded in full or credited to the registration fee of the rescheduled class.

What if you are unable to attend a class after you have enrolled?

Should you register and pay for a class and then be unable to attend, you should notify Forensic Pieces at leat 14 days prior to the scheduled class.  In order to qualify for a full refund, students (or their employing agencies) must cancel attendance no less than two weeks prior to the commencement of the course.  Cancelations must be received via email and/or fax to the attention of the course coordinator.  A confirmation of receipt of the notice must be obtained from the Course Director.

What if I cancel within 14 days of the Class Start Date?

Cancelations made within the two week time period prior to the start of the course are subject to a $100 fee.

If you cancel with 14 days notice or more, you have the option of transferring credit for the full amount toward any class on the current Forensic Pieces class schedule or any class Forensic Pieces should hold in the future.

Substitutions of students may be made at any time.

Please call us immeditely if you have any questions.

What if I have an Emergency?

We understand that emergencies happen.  If a student cannot attend due to a subpoena, medical emergency or death in the family, Forensic Pieces requests that proper documentation be submitted to verify these circumstances, and a full refund will be given upon approval.

What if I am a No-Show or I am using a Purchase Order?

Classes that are scheduled to go must meet minimum attendance requirements.  While we try to accomdate everyone, seating for Forensic Pieces classes are limited.  Registration is accepted on a first come- first served basis until sold out.  Failure to attend a class without prior cancelation does not relieve an enrollee's financial obligation for that class.  If the 14 day cancellation policy is not received and confirmed by a return email, Forensic Pieces will invoice in full for all No-Shows in each class.

The use of a purchase order to guarantee seat reservation is a courtesy that we offer with prior arrangement.  Please take note that purchase orders guarantee registration and they are legally binding.  Unless the registration is canceled within the full refund policy time paramaters, agencies using purchase orders will be billed for full enrollment costs if the student is a No-Show.

What if I don't register in time for the IAI Certification Exam?

For IAI certification, it is the student's responsibility to submit the application and receive approval from the IAI at least 60 days prior to taking the exam.  Please allow ample time for this process when registering for the test prep classes.  Failing to receive IAI approval is not a valid reason for a refund and the student must still meet the 14 day requirement for a full refund.  You may visit www.theiai.org for more information on registering for the IAI Certification Examination.

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