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David Bradley

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“Loved this course. Easy to navigate and a lot of great information ”

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Judith Pleskonko

“Five Stars ”

“Five Stars ”

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Sophie Regniere

“Good course, a lot of exemples, I appreciated the texts to read at the end of the course. As a French speaking coroner, I found that it was a little bit fast, but I managed to follow (thanks to the "pause" button). My first course with the Academy...”

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“Good course, a lot of exemples, I appreciated the texts to read at the end of the course. As a French speaking coroner, I found that it was a little bit fast, but I managed to follow (thanks to the "pause" button). My first course with the Academy, it met my expectations.”

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Course Summary

This course is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST, 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 

This is an intermediate level investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiners, crime scene, and forensic technicians. This course will walk you through the steps used for determining time of death and will explore the science and investigative skills you will need to make a proper determination as to a time of death.

There are three legal times of death used in every investigation. Those times are Physiological, Estimated, and Legal. Each of these three times will be discussed and defined as to how they are used in an investigation.

An accurate estimation of the time of death can lead to discovering the identity of the assailant. In criminal cases, it can eliminate some suspects while focusing attention on others. The time of death is not confined to criminal investigations; it can also come into play in civil situations. Insurance payments may depend upon whether the insured individual was alive at the time the policy went into effect or if he died before the policy expired. Even a single day can be important!

In determining a proper time of death an investigator will use several methods, such as environmental changes, witness statements, and scene reconstruction. But most importantly are the changes he or she will observe on the body itself. Post Mortem Intervals or PMI, are the stages a body goes through after death. These are a set of established and known facts that every Body goes through during the decomposition process but can be dependent on weather and physiological factors.  These PMI changes will help an investigator estimate time since death.  This course will explain those changes and what the investigator will observe as well as what time averages can be placed on each change.

Determining the time of death is both an art and a science and requires that the medicolegal investigator use several techniques and observations to make his or her estimate. As a general rule, the sooner after death the body is examined, the more accurate this estimate will be.

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.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Course Integrity Notice

    • Course Integrity Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Determining Time of Death

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    • Introduction - Determining Time of Death

    • Determining Time of Death Part one - (33 minutes)

    • Determining Time of Death Part two - (25 minutes)

    • Stages of Post Mortem Changes

    • Forensic Entomology

    • Body Temperature – Algor Mortis

    • Eyeball Changes

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    Quiz - Determining Time of Death

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    • Quiz - Determining Time of Death

    • 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.

  • What is the refund/exchange policy?

    Online courses are non-refundable. Once the course is purchased/accessed, no refund will be granted after 15 days of purchase or course open date, or if more than 20% of the course has been accessed. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble. Exchange Allowed: Participants will be allowed to exchange with another course of equivalent or lesser value if course is not accessed within 15 days of purchase. The exchange request must be received by email at . No exchange will be granted if the request is more than 15 days after the purchase date. Multiple payments for the same course: In case the participant made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction.


Instructor Bio:

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