Programs & Benefits
of Membership

Members of the Council are provided with an array of opportunities designed specifically for the criminal defense investigator. The following programs and benefits are available:

TRAINING PROGRAMS & SEMINARS

Various training programs and seminars are offered throughout the year addressing the specialized needs of the criminal defense investigator. Programs are academic in nature and presented by the Councilís Center for Investigative Studies at respected colleges and universities in order to maintain a high level of academic integrity. Lectures and programs are presented by qualified and recognized experts from the academic and professional arenas.

CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

A basic certification program is offered to promote a standardized philosophy and methodology for the discipline of criminal defense investigation. The certification process involves a combination of experience, training, research, and testing. The designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator or C.C.D.I. is awarded upon completion and approval of the advisory board.

ONLINE PROFESSIONAL ARTICLES

The Council publishes professional articles addressing the issues relevant to the discipline of criminal defense investigation. The results of academic research, focus groups, membership discussions, and articles on various topics are presented for debate. Articles address the latest trends, statistics, and programs involving the field of criminal defense investigation. Members are also encouraged to submit articles, essays, and research results in order to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Article submission and research is strongly encouraged.

ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

The Council has established academic guidelines regarding the training of criminal defense investigators. Guidelines must be consistent with the philosophy and methodology of the Council. Colleges, universities, training programs, seminar programs, and investigative agencies offering such training may seek accreditation by the Council. Programs seeking accreditation must meet the standards set by the Council and adhere to the guidelines in order to maintain accreditation.

ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

The Council has established academic guidelines regarding the training of criminal defense investigators. Guidelines must be consistent with the philosophy and methodology of the Council. Colleges, universities, training programs, seminar programs, and investigative agencies offering such training may seek accreditation by the Council. Programs seeking accreditation must meet the standards set by the Council and adhere to the guidelines in order to maintain accreditation.

Accreditation Programs:

  • Boston University, Metropolitan College Center for Professional Education, Professional Investigation Program, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Investigator Training Program, Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Fourth District, State of Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Public Defender Investigator Training Program, 19th Judicial Circuit, State of Florida, Fort Pierce, Florida.
  • Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Seminar, presented by Investigative Support Specialist, Inc., Stuart, Florida.

  • Case In Point Investigations, New England, Training Division, Manchester, New Hampshire.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE INVESTIGATION
     LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER

The Councilís Center for Investigative Studies maintains a library and list of available books, writings, research papers, and articles focused upon the discipline of criminal defense investigation. The material is available to members who are also encouraged to contribute original works for distribution.

For more information prospective members may contact the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council at 1-800-465-5233.