Amari Daniel-Bey

“After this section, it makes me seek to pursue a career in this field even further.”

“After this section, it makes me seek to pursue a career in this field even further.”

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Course Fee

1-Hour CEU

Course Summary

This course is approved for 1 hour continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators ABMDI. 

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

It is not uncommon for family, employers, insurance companies, and even law enforcement not to agree with a cause and manner ruling of a decedent. It is imperative that Medical Examiner/Coroner Investigators as-well-as police, understand that their investigation will likely go under extreme scrutiny where the manner of death is concerned. 

This course is designed to walk the student through understanding the cause and manner of death as well as the three categories used in a time of death determination. Further, this course will introduce the student to the implications and issues that can arise from the decisions made in a ruling determination.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


Course Fee

1-Hour CEU

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Defining Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death

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    • Cause and Manner Section Intro

    • Defining Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death (5 minutes)

    • Implications in Cause and Manner Rulings ( 15 minutes)

    • Implications in Time of Death Rulings (10 minutes)

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    • Quiz: Implications in Cause and Manner of Death Rulings

  • 04

    Reading and Resources

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    • Daniel Kerrigan - Homicide Ruling Implications

    • Canton Ohio Firefighter Suicide - Implication Example

    • Stages of Post Mortem Changes

    • Time of Death Determination Methods

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.


Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years’ experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for over 20 years. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Senior Instructor