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Diploma of Forensic Identification (Document Examination) 10732NAT

Overview

This course will provide document examiners with a range of forensic identification, knowledge and skills to define, assess, analyse, apply, evaluate, research and report on facial or document comparisons. This qualification will provide learners with the practical and theoretical skills to analyse biometric systems and documents for forensic identification.

Qualification: Diploma of Forensic Identification (Document Examination) 10732NAT
Program No: DP-HS30
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 2 years (part-time) approximately 10 hours per week and additional 5 hours per week of independent study.
Cost Info:

2018 - Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

2019 - New enrolment fee arrangements will be introduced. The $40 Services and Amenities fee will be included in the total subject costs. Indicative program cost may vary slightly and the subject costs displayed will also change. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

Likely Job Outcome: Document Examiner in a Public or private laboratory.
Enrolment Type: Standard
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Additional Information

It is recommended that applicants are currently working in a public or private sector agency that undertakes facial comparison and/or document examination investigations.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

Applicants must:

have completed the Certificate IV in Biometric Technologies (10061NAT) or an equivalent qualification OR be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge

OR

have at least two years of full-time employment in forensics.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 4 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Foundation Skills or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 8 subjects (4 Core and 4 Electives)

Core - Complete all 4

  • DFIIMG001 Apply specialist digital imaging techniques
    • CIT Code: FOSC414
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to examine digital images for forensic analysis. This includes establishing the examination requirements, planning the examination, examining and analysing images, reporting and finalising the examination.
      It requires the abilities to employ specialist digital imaging techniques to examine and compare digital images for forensic evaluation. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial institutions.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and comparing digital images from sources, including biometric systems, cameras and scanners, within the workplace, and when the examination of those images is integral to the progression of an investigation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIPPR001 Apply professional practices in specialist examination roles
    • CIT Code: FOSC415
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to ensure that examiners apply current standards of quality practice and ethical behaviour in a forensic examination setting. This unit requires knowledge of the industry’s quality and accreditation requirements as well as codes of ethics and their application to practice. It requires the abilities to consider quality and ethical issues and reflect on and continuously develop professional practice.
      This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve understanding the responsibilities of specialist service providers in investigative and legal industries, knowledge of national and international peak professional bodies within the biometrics and document examination community, and to further develop knowledge quality assurance, ethical practices, professional practices, validation, regulations, codes of conduct, biases, limitations, industry accreditation and standards.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIPRE001 Present evidence in a judicial system
    • CIT Code: FOSC416
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to present evidence in a judicial setting. The unit includes preparation of evidence, presenting evidence and reflecting on own practice.
      This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve preparation and presentation of evidence in accordance with established legal and organisational protocols. This includes the preparation of reports, statements, photographs, charts and other techniques for presenting technical evidence before courts, commissions and tribunals. Also, an understanding of the rules of evidence and giving evidence during examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination with emphasis placed on appreciating and complying with courtroom protocols and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPSCI013 Initiate and conduct scientific/technological research
    • CIT Code: FOSC417
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit applies to those working in scientific and/or technological research at a high level.
      The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
      Those undertaking this unit would work autonomously with supervisory responsibilities, while performing sophisticated tasks in a range of contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Elective - Complete 4

  • DFIDOC001 Perform general document examinations
    • CIT Code: FOSC422
      Cost: $190.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct general document examinations and comparisons of paper and writing inks and pencil marks.
      Covering specialist techniques that can be employed in the examination of general documents, this unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and advising on the genuineness of documents within the workplace, and when the genuineness of a document is integral to the further progression of an investigation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIDOC002 Conduct examinations of printed documents and stamp impressions
    • CIT Code: FOSC423
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct examinations and comparisons of printed documents and stamp impressions covering specialist techniques.
      This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and advising on the genuineness of documents within the workplace, and when the genuineness of a document is integral to the further progression of an investigation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIDOC003 Conduct examinations and comparisons of security documents
    • CIT Code: FOSC424
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct examinations and comparisons of security documents. 
      Covering specialist techniques that can be employed in the examination of secure documents, this unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and advising on the genuineness of secure documents within the workplace, and when the genuineness of a secure document is integral to the further progression of an investigation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIDOC004 Apply knowledge of instrumentation to document examinations
    • CIT Code: FOSC425
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to choose instruments to conduct document examinations and to interpret the instruments’ outputs.
      Covering specialist techniques that can be employed in the examination of general and secure documents, this unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and advising on the genuineness of documents within the workplace, and when the genuineness of a document is integral to the further progression of an investigation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIDOC005 Apply knowledge of instrumentation to document examinations
    • CIT Code: FOSC426
      Cost: $170.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes and knowledge required to conduct and report on an initial evaluation of handwriting and signature evidence. It does not include undertaking handwriting and signature comparisons.
      Covering theoretical concepts relating to handwriting and signature production, and contemporary issues related to comparison sciences, this unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve assessing and advising on the genuineness of documents within the workplace.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • DFIDOC006 Perform handwriting and signature comparisons
    • CIT Code: FOSC427
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess the genuineness of handwriting and signatures. 
      Covering specialist techniques that can be employed in the examination of handwriting and signatures, this unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces; police services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, investigation units and financial organisations.
      This unit applies to roles that involve the detailed examination and comparison of handwriting and signatures.
      Prerequisites: Nil

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More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au