ASCLD Leadership Academy


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.

Started in 2014, the ASCLD Leadership Academy has more than a decade of experience training all levels of leaders within forensic laboratories.  Since it’s inception, the Leadership Academy more than 1,000 students have attended from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Guyana, India, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Uganda.

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The Leadership 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.

Three different Academy levels are offered, with leadership perspectives focusing on varying levels within an organization (supervisor, manager, executive).

Cohorts are offered every Spring beginning in January with registration typically opening the previous November.  Registration often fills up within a few days of opening, particularly for Level 1.

Level 1

The Level 1 course is designed specifically for newly appointed supervisors and supervisors who have had little opportunity for previous formal management training and education.

Level 2

The Level 2 Academy focuses on providing quality instruction to forensic science leaders who are responsible for entire forensic programs, multiple sections and teams, or an entire forensic laboratory.

Level 3

Level 3 is the highest level offered by the Leadership Academy. Level 3 is designed for executive crime laboratory management, offering training material for leaders with C-Suite, executive-level responsibilities.

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