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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 eighth 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. Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, the Winter/Spring 2021 Leadership Academy will conclude with virtual Capstone sessions in lieu of an in-person event.

Note – ASCLD plans to offer the Level 2 Academy in the Summer/Fall to align with the symposium in August. The Level II Academy will again focus on providing quality instruction to forensic science leaders who are responsible for entire forensic programs, multiple sections and teams, or an entire forensic laboratory. More information about Level 2 will be released in Spring 2021.


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for both the Winter/Spring 2021 Level 1 ASCLD Leadership Academy. Twelve weekly, online webinars will be offered from January to March and will cover a wide range of essential leadership topics for forensic science supervisors and managers. Due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, the Academy will finish with 4 virtual Capstone sessions.

The 2021 Level 1 Academy will again focus on providing quality instruction to new supervisors in the forensic science field and supervisors who have previously had limited opportunity 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.

January 7, 2020 – Online

LEADERSHIP – Ben Swanholm
January 14 – Leadership
January 21 – Leadership
January 28 – Transition from Peer to Supervisor and Conflict Management
February 4 – Cultural Change and Self-Leadership

COMMUNICATION – Col. Tim Scanlan
February 11 – Communication Styles
February 18 – Personality and Conflict Management
February 25 – Team Building
March 4 – Communication as a Leadership Tool for Laboratory Issues

Laboratory Operations – Jody Wolf & Jeremy Triplett
March 11 – Strategic Management
March 18 – Process & Performance Management
March 25 – Quality Management & HR/Legal Management
April 1 – Customer/Stakeholder Management

April 8 – Virtual Capstone Session 1
April 15 – Virtual Capstone Session 2
April 22 – Virtual Capstone Session 3
April 29 – Virtual Capstone Session 4

Academy Costs:

Registration is $575 for ASCLD members and $675 for non-members and INCLUDES:

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

IMPORTANT: Spring 2021 students are eligible for a reduced 2021 ASCLD Symposium registration of only $200. (Travel and lodging costs not included)


Registration deadline is December 31, 2020.

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

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