Training forensic LEADERS

The ASCLD Leadership Academy is a training program offered by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors for managerial personnel in forensic science laboratories. It is designed to deliver training of the highest quality at a cost that recognizes the current strained budgets of labs across the US. The Academy is open to ASCLD members and non-members, alike. The mission of the ASCLD Leadership Academy is to train managers to become LEADERS.

Back for its ninth year, the ASCLD Leadership Academy will again offer a Level 1 course designed specifically for newly appointed supervisors and supervisors who have had little opportunity for previous formal management training and education. The Academy is a blended training model, combining weekly lecture-style webinars with a “Management Lab” at the annual ASCLD symposium where students will participate in hands-on, practical exercises to develop their skills.


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Level 1 ASCLD Leadership Academy to be held in Fall 2022. Twelve weekly, online webinars will be offered from August to December and will cover a wide range of essential leadership topics for forensic science supervisors and managers. The Fall Academy will finish with two intensive days of on-site, hands-on instruction in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2022 Fall Academy will again focus on providing quality instruction to new supervisors in the forensic science field and supervisors who have previously had limited opportunities for structured forensic management education and training. Between affordable registration costs and high-quality instructors, ASCLD is confident that laboratories will see a valuable return on investment in a time when training budgets are lean across the US.


August 25, 2022 – Online

LEADERSHIP – Ben Swanholm

  • September 1 – What is Leadership?
  • September 8 – Laws of Leadership
  • September 15 – Cultural Change, Self-Leadership, & Ethics
  • September 22 – Leading Change & Transition from Peer to Supervisor

COMMUNICATION – Col. Tim Scanlan

  • September 29 – Communication Styles
  • October 6 – Cross-cultural Communication & Personality
  • October 13 – Team Building
  • October 20 – Communication as a Leadership Tool for Laboratory Issues

LABORATORY OPERATIONS – Jody Wolf & Jeremy Triplett

  • October 27 – Organizational Management & Strategic Planning
  • November 3 – Quality & Process Management
  • November 10 – Hiring & Performance Management
  • November 17 – Customers/Stakeholders & Self-Management

December 1-2, 2022 – Phoenix, AZ

Level 1 Academy Costs:

Registration is $750 for ASCLD members and $850 for non-members and INCLUDES:

  • All 12 online sessions
  • On-site Capstone Course
  • All training materials for the academy


Registration deadline is August 22, 2022.

To register, click the button below to be taken to the registration page.

Due to the condensed registration window, ASCLD can work with students who need additional time for agency approvals on payment.

Please contact Jeremy Triplett at for additional information.


Please note – completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite to register for Level 2!

January 20, 2022 – Online

LEADERSHIP – Henry Maynard

  • January 25 – Transitioning from Supervisor to Mid-level Manager
  • February 1 – Ethics
  • February 8 – Leading Change & Self Leadership


  • February 15 – Communication Styles & Skills
  • February 22 – Team Building & Conflict Management
  • March 1 – Engagement/Motivation & Media Relations


  • March 8 – Workforce Strategy Planning
  • March 15 – Succession Planning, Mentoring, and Employee Wellness
  • March 22 – Quality Assurance


  • March 29 – Strategic Management
  • April 5 – Case Management & Customer Focus
  • April 12 – Fiscal Management & Budgeting

April 24-25, 2022 – In-person workshop at the 2022 ASCLD Symposium, Reno, Nevada

Level 2 Academy Costs:

Registration is $675 for ASCLD members and $750 for non-members and INCLUDES:

  • All 12 online sessions
  • On-site Capstone Course at the ASCLD Symposium
  • All training materials for the academy

IMPORTANT: If you wish to stay for the entire 2022 Symposium, you may register at an additional, reduced registration fee of only $200. (Travel and lodging costs not included)


Registration deadline is January 7, 2022.

To register, click the button below to be taken to the registration page.

For questions/additional information, please email: Jeremy Triplett at