Training forensic

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 sixth year, the ASCLD Leadership Academy will again offer a 100-level 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.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 7th annual ASCLD Leadership Academy to be held in Spring 2020. 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. The Academy will then finish with two intensive days of on-site, hands-on instruction at the ASCLD symposium in Denver, Colorado.

The 2020 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 2, 2020 – Online

LEADERSHIP – Ben Swanholm
January 9 – Leadership
January 16 – Leadership
January 23 – Transition from Peer to Supervisor and Conflict Management
January 30 – Cultural Change and Self-Leadership

COMMUNICATION – Col. Tim Scanlan
February 6 – Communication Styles
February 13 – Personality and Conflict Management
February 20 – Team Building
February 27 – Communication as a Leadership Tool for Laboratory Issues

Laboratory Operations – Jody Wolf & Jeremy Triplett
March 5 – Strategic Management
March 12 – Process & Performance Management
March 19 – Quality Management & HR/Legal Management
March 26 – Customer/Stakeholder Management

March 29-30, 2020 – In-person workshop at the 2019 ASCLD Symposium, Denver, Colorado

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: If you wish to stay for the entire 2020 Symposium, you may register at an additional, reduced registration fee of only $200. (Travel and lodging costs not included)


Registration deadline is December 27, 2019.

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

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