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Criminal Investigator Training- Understand Criminal Minds & Learn to Investigate Them!

A career in criminal investigation is very exciting and appealing. In the UK, a criminal investigator makes an average salary of £35889 per year. A thorough understanding of criminology is necessary to succeed as a criminal investigator. The academic study of crime, including its causes, responses from the legal system, and methods of prevention, is known as criminology.

This Criminal Investigator training course aims to give you a quick overview of crime, criminals, and their motivations for committing crimes.

The course will cover all aspects of criminology, outlining their types and areas of study. You will better understand who is typically involved in violent crime as we discuss the subject. The study of criminology will also prepare you for handling any type of crime and how to avoid common mistakes at crime scenes. Additionally, you will learn in-depth details about criminal psychology, a subject that every criminal investigator should be familiar with. Moreover, our course will also cover victimology, and you will gradually learn everything you need to know to become an expert criminal investigator. 

After Completing The Course, You Will:

Course Design

You can take this Criminal Investigator Training Online Course at your own pace because it is designed to be flexible. There are multiple modules in the course, so that you can complete it according to your schedule. To make it easier for you to grasp the ideas, the topics are arranged in an orderly fashion. You will be assessed to ensure that you understand the material. You can access our courses on any smart device or through the web.


The Criminal Investigator Training Course features an online multiple-choice assessment test at the end of the course to assess learners’ ability and knowledge to understand the topics. This online multiple-choice test will result in an immediate grade, so you’ll know if you passed right away.

Certification & Transcript

After completing the course, you will be able to obtain* a Certificate of Completion from SkillArts.  This certificate will serve as proof that you have successfully completed the course. You will also be able to apply for an Academic Transcript that will outline the lessons covered in this Criminal Investigator Training Course. 

 If you obtain a certificate from us, you can include it in your portfolio of evidence and use it for interviews in an employment or academic environment. By scanning the QR code on the certificate and entering the certificate code on our website, your employer can verify the certificate.
*Prices apply

Example Certificate & Transcript

Career Opportunities

By providing you with all the necessary guidelines, knowledge, and an online certificate of completion, this Criminal Investigator Training Course will ease your way up the career ladder. You’ll learn how to succeed in your dream job, get that promotion, or start up the business you’ve always dreamed of.

Module One: Introduction to Criminology

Criminology includes studying all aspects of crime and law enforcement—criminal psychology, the social setting of crime, prohibition and prevention, investigation and detection, and capture and punishment. This lesson teaches you the fundamental concept of crime and criminology. 

Key Topics:

  • What is Crime?
  • Causes of Crime
    • Causes Of Crime: Individualist And Collectivist Approach
    • Nature
    • Nurture
    • Deprivation
    • Alcohol
    • Peer Pressure
  • Defining Criminology
  • Introduction to Profiling
  • Importance of Profiling
    • Provides Useful Investigative Information
    • Investigators Get Some Insight into How Little It Might Be
    • A Higher Level of Victim Protection Is Created
    • Crimes Can Benefit From It
    • Identifies Personal Characteristics 
    • Physical Descriptions are Unnecessary 

Module Two: Types of Crime

Various crimes exist, including crimes against persons, victimless crimes, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes. In this lesson, we will discuss some types of crime that will help you understand the different crime concepts and genres.

Key Topics:

  • Misdemeanours and Felonies
  • Personal Crimes
  • Property Crimes
  • Inchoate Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

Module Three: Violent Crimes

From common assaults to murder, violent crime covers a wide range of crimes. In addition, it includes using weapons such as firearms, knives, rape, and physical assault. In this lesson, you will find the best representation of different types of violent crimes according to UK law.

Key Topics:

  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault & Rape
  • Gun And Knife Crime

Module Four: The Crime Scene

From common assaults to murder, violent crime covers a wide range of crimes. In addition, it includes using weapons such as firearms, knives, rape, and physical assault. In this lesson, you will find the best representation of different types of violent crimes according to UK law.

Key Topics:

  • Processing the Crime Scene
    • Strip Method
    • Wheel Method
    • Spiral Method
    • Zone Method
    • Grid Method
    • Line Method
  • Reconstruction of the Crime Scene
  • Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene
    • Inability to Control Police Personnel
    • Not Identifying Evidence
    • Not Documenting Interviews Or Evidence
    • Taking Too Few Photographs
    • Not Identifying Secondary Or Tertiary Crime Scenes
    • Photographing Crime Scenes With People Standing In The Background
  • Using Science to Link Crimes

Module Five: Dealing with Crime

Taking care of one's own safety and making wise choices are important to dealing with crime. The lesson teaches the students how interviewing and witness testimony help deal with the crime. With the identification of investigative psychology, students will learn to deal the crime.

Key Topics:

  • Interviewing
  • Testimony
    • Eye Witnesses Testimony
    • Expert Witnesses Testimony
    • Character Witnesses Testimony
  • Detecting Deception
    • Key Concepts of Deterrence
    • The Police May Prevent Crime

  • Psychology and Investigations

Module Six: Understanding Criminal Psychology

Criminal psychology aims to understand why criminals do and what they do by studying their motivation, intentions, and thought processes. In this lesson, the students will understand how criminal procedures happen and areas of criminal psychology. Also, students will find the why crime happens and the varieties of criminal psychology.

Key Topics:

  • What Is Criminal Psychology?
  • The Criminal Process
    • The Criminal Procedure Rules
    • Procedures for Criminal Courts

  • Varieties of Crime
    • Violent Crime
    • Types Of Violence
      • State And Political Violence
  • Psychological Explanations of Crime
    • Biological Theories
    • Sociological Theories

  • Psychodynamic Theory  
    • Psychodynamic Theory  
    • Behavioural Theory 
    • Cognitive Theory  

  • Crime Psychology Research
  • Areas of Contribution

Module Seven: Mental Health And Crime

By studying criminals' motivations, intentions, and thought processes, criminal psychology aims to understand why they act as they do. The students will understand the relationship between psychological disorders and crime in this lesson. Besides that, They will learn how criminals’ mental health leads them to commit crimes and why crime happens.

Key Topics:

  • Personality Disorders & Attachment Styles
  • Schizophrenia & Criminal Behaviour
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) / Sociopathy
  • Psychopathy and Crime
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Crime
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
    • Definition of  Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)?
    • Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms
    • Narcissists And Crime
  • Bipolar Disorder & Crime

Module Eight: Forensic Science

Forensic scientist applies the methods of natural and physical sciences to criminal and civil law cases. The lesson teaches the students about forensic pathology and autopsies. Students will also learn how to use toxicology, anthropometry, and ballistics in forensic science.

Key Topics:

  • Forensics and Origin
  • Forensic Pathology and Autopsies
    • What Is Autopsy?
    • Tissues And Organs That Remain After A Postmortem
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Anthropometry
  • Fingerprints

Module Nine: Phases of Profiling

A criminal profile describes the qualities of a person who has committed a crime or a series of crimes. This lesson is for the best representation of criminal profiling phases. You will learn the classification and examination of evidence from here. Moreover, you can understand the reconstruction and how to examine the offender’s signature from this lesson.

Key Topics:

  • Examining of Evidence
    • Forensic And Behavioral Evidence (Equivocal Forensic Analysis)
    • Victimology
    • Crime-scene Characteristics

  • Classification of Evidence
    • Oral Evidence
    • Witness Statements
    • Real Evidence
    • Documentary Evidence
    • Hearsay Evidence
  • Reconstruction
  • Examining the Offender’s Signature
  • Offender Characteristics
    • Inferring Offender Characteristics
    • Psychopathy And Sadism
    • Sex Crimes
    • Domestic Homicide
    • Mass Murder
    • Terrorism

Module Ten: Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic And Behaviour

A criminal profile is a collection of inferences about the qualities of the person responsible for committing a crime or a series of crimes. The lesson teaches you criminal profiling is related to bias-based profiling and that scientific methods are used for criminal profiling.

Key Topics:

  • Bias-based Profiling
    • Bias
    • Bias-Based Profiling
  • Criminal Profiling & Bias-based Profiling
  • Science And Scientific Method
    • Data
    • Population
    • Motive
    • Personality
    • Behaviour
  • Motive And Behaviour
    • Discerning Offender Motives
    • Relating Offender Motive to Offender Behavior
  • Personality And Behaviour

Module Eleven: Criminal Profiling: Pragmatic Solution and Behavioural Investigative Advice

The criminal profile describes the likely social and mental characteristics of the criminal. You will find the pragmatic solution to criminal profiling in this lesson. Also, the lesson contains how a Behavioural Investigative Adviser works for people.

Key Topics:

  • Traditional Approaches to Criminal Profiling
    • Phase 1: Creating The Profile Input
    • Phase 2: Modeling The Decision Process
    • Phase 3: Assessment of Crime
    • Phase 4: criminal profile Stage
    • Phase 5: Investigation Stage
    • Phase 6 Apprehension Stage
  • Behavioural Investigative Advisers: The Way they can Contribute
  • How to Become A Criminal Profiler
    • What Is A Criminal Profiler?
    • Learning Relevant Subjects in School Or Complete Adult Education
    • Choosing Between Vocational Training And Further Education
    • Experiencing Relevant to Your Field of Study
    • Completing Professional Accreditation

Module Twelve: Victimology

Victimology is a field with a less-generally agreed-upon theoretical framework or research paradigm than many longer-established disciplines. The lesson focuses on teaching victims and victimology. Furthermore, this lesson will teach you about the victim's rights and facilitation.

Key Topics:

  • Victims
  • Consequences of Crime for Victims
  • Victim Proneness
    • Victimisation in The Workplace
    • Example of Workplace Victimisation

  • Victim Facilitation
  • Victim Rights
    • When You Report The Crime
    • During The Police Investigation
    • Privacy

Module Thirteen: The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

This lesson is for the best knowledge about all the departments of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. You will understand the working policy and responsibility of the police department to Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) department and all levels of the criminal justice system.

Key Topics:

  • Police And Policing
  • The Courts (Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service)
  • The Law Officers
  • The Ministry of Justice
    • Responsibilities
    • Priorities
  • The Home Office
    • Responsibilities
    • Priorities
  • Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service
    • What They Do
    • Responsibilities
    • Priorities
    • How They Work
    • Their Work in Wales
  • Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI)