ep184 New Medicolegal Investigator Certification

Medicolegal Death Investigator Certification

The Medicolegal Death Investigator certificate is designed to give the graduate a recognized credential that can translate into greater recognition within their respective field.  Successful completion of the exam demonstrates the student has an understanding of the death investigation process and has met the minimum knowledge standard.  The scope of knowledge for the certification exam is defined in the National Institute of Justice publication Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator.

This certification is intended to fill a gap in certification and basic knowledge of death investigation not previously available. Many professionals working death investigation or those wanting to enter the field of death investigation do not yet qualify for the Registry Certification of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators  ABMDI. Therefore no standardized minimum knowledge certificate exists.

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators  ABMDI

The Medicolegal Death Investigator Certification is not associated with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, ABMDI.  It is the goal of this certification to move students through the development of skills and experience toward the qualifications of acceptance into the ABMDI certification process.  When a certified investigator achieves Registry Certification through ABMDI all future certification will be governed through ABMDI.

How this exam was developed

The test questions were developed by a team of experts in various disciplines from across the country each focusing on the minimum knowledge needed to be a Medicolegal Death Investigator.  The scope of knowledge for the certification exam is defined in the National Institutes of Justice publication Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator.  As well as from the testing committee’s combined experience and research in all areas of death investigation and evidence management.

Testing Committee

Darren Dake   


Dottie Owens 

Coroner, Ada County Idaho

Anita Brooks     

Common Trauma Expert, Author, and International Trainer

Paul Parker   

Executive Officer at San Diego County   (CLERB)

Todd Thorne   

Supervising  Criminalist, Wisconsin

How the test will be reviewed and updated

The testing committee will meet each quarter to review the testing process and student scores to try and identify any areas that may need further development or restructuring.  The committee will also consider new scientific advancements and investigative procedures as they align the current testing categories and questions, making changes or modifications as needed.

Test Design

The exam is a proctored exam administered through a third party testing agency. The exam is a three-hour timed examination consisting of 225 questions cover numerous categories.

Testing Categories

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Ethics and Professional
  • Identifying Evidence
  • Investigating Death
  • Job-Related Stress
  • Scientific Knowledge



Other Links talked about in the show

Monthly Training Membership – Click Here   

At the Death Investigation Training  Academy, we believe education is a lifelong pursuit, and we want to empower you to achieve your goals throughout your life and career. We’re continually working to improve our courses and platform to give you access to relevant content, and to help you learn more efficiently and effectively.

We’re excited to announce Academy Membership– a new payment model that allows you to purchase access to all content in the online Academy on a month-by-month basis, with no long-term commitment required.






Medicolegal Death Investigation – Online Academy 

Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations.

MLDI online Academy is a Nationally Accredited online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other coroner training today,  this course offers a blended learning style combining online self-paced video training, along with opportunities for live interaction with instructors several times throughout the program, and a unique private Facebook group open only to students of Coroner School™ where everyone can interact and ask questions.

MLDI online Academy is a six-week guided course with certified instructors. However, at the end of the six weeks, you still have access to all videos, downloadable material, and the private Facebook group. You can return to the online school anytime to finish up the courses or as a refresher in certain topic areas.



Medicolegal Death Investigation Scene Kit

This exclusive first of its kind Medicolegal Death Investigation (MLDI) kit contains all the items you need to document and collect evidence from the most important piece of evidence at any death scene – The Body. Designed for Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, and anyone responsible to investigate and process a death.

This kit is equipped to collect fragile evidence such as DNA and fibers, take post-mortem temperatures, document the scene through photography and sketching, as well as properly collect transport, and store material evidence.

This MLDI Kit can be used in large agencies for multiple MDI’s or one single kit for smaller agencies. Packaged in a sturdy Pelican carry case with custom dividers and a pocketed pouch system. Built strong to withstand the demands from scene to scene.

Click HERE for more information




The Death Investigation Training Academy was founded to play an integral role in the death investigation community.  The need for quality accredited training is in short supply and high demand. Using a combination of classroom training, live on site scenario exercises,  and web-based training, the Death Investigation Training Academy is filling the need of 21st-century investigators.









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