COURSE DESCRIPTION: The program was created to educate those individuals involved in specimen and product integrity within the law enforcement and corporate environments with a better understanding of Chain of Custody (CoC) and its requirements. Topics include: correctly performing proper chain of custody procedures, glossary of related terms, description of legal, evidentiary, and routine chain of custody, documentation, electronic evidence chain of custody procedures, laboratory internal chain of custody, sample security, sample labeling, transfer and shipping of samples, sample disposal, and associated forms.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and easily use basic vocabulary of terms and definitions for the subject.
  2. Answer the question, "What is a Chain of Custody?"
  3. Understand the process and the importance of a Chain of Custody.
  4. Be aware of and know when to use two types of Chain of Custody.
  5. Be able to provide a proof of Chain of Custody.
  6. Know who is responsible for the custody of samples.
  7. Understand the basics of caring for electronic evidence.
  8. Know several strategies for making a Chain of Custody secure.
  9. Recognize the basics for the transfer and shipping of samples.
  10. Understand the Laboratory (internal) Chain of Custody.
  11. Know how to make proper corrections on original documents
  12. Comprehend the storage and disposal of samples


COURSE FEE: $44.95 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)

WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Corporate individuals, law enforcement, medical professionals, attorneys, allied health professionals (certified phlebotomy technicians, clinical laboratory scientists, EMT personnel) students, military medics.



PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.

TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.

DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.

METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.

METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.

REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: All readings have been incorporated in the coursework materials.

SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are no suggested course materials.

OTHER RELATED COURSES: Documentation and Communication: Forensic Issues for Healthcare in the Digital Era, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, Forensic Evidence Collection in the Clinical Setting, Forensic Blood Specimen Collection and Handling, Legal Issues Associated with Phlebotomy, An Introduction to General Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).


Course Procedure from start to completion.

All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.