Welcome to the National Forensic Science Academy!

RTI International and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), West Virginia University, Florida International University, and Loyola University New Orleans have established the National Forensic Science Academy (NFSA), a certification program for forensic science professionals. The NFSA was established thanks to funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation with the mission of advancing the practice of forensic science through education and certification programs to promote management and leadership skills of forensic science professionals.

The NFSA consists of three levels of certification, corresponding to supervisors (Level 1), managers (Level 2) and executive/directors (Level 3).

The NFSA is governed by an Advisory Council that represents the full range of interests in the forensic science community, in addition to independent experts in leadership and educational assessment. The NFSA By-Laws govern all aspects of NFSA governance, including the adoption of new certification programs and review procedures

Interested in becoming a NFSA approved provider?

If you are a training and education provider, consider becoming a NFSA approved provider. Please review he NSFA Curriculum Requirements to learn how to be a part of the NFSA program and the NFSA Conformance Matrix, the tool used by the NFSA to assess training and education programs. Fill out the NFSA Provider Compliance Application, and a NFSA specialist will be in touch with you within two weeks.

Would you like to become NFSA-Certified in Leadership and Management? 

Please fill out the form here, so that you can start the process. You should also review the NFSA Curriculum Requirements, which provided guidance on what will be covered on the exam and what additional requirements you may need to fulfill. If you would like to review a particular individual’s certification status, please see our NFSA Certification Database.

Would you like to improve your leadership and management skills as a forensic science professional?

There are many training and education resources. We recommend that you start with the free training provided by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

If you have questions or concerns about the program, please contact or call 866.252.8415.