Forensic scientists and professionals examine crime scenes and evidence. They assist in the apprehension of offenders, provide factual evidence on circumstances, investigate deliberate and accidental incidents while maintaining the highest of standards to ensure that the guilty are prosecuted.

The competition has been designed to reflect the role of crime scene investigators and managers and forensic scientists within laboratories who process evidence found at sites of interest to investigations.

The competitors are tested against a range of professional skills from the crime scene and the laboratory including (but not limited to) analytical techniques, quantitative and qualitative testing, search, recovery and specialist skills investigators must use.

Other skills tested include teamwork, time management, communication, ability to work alone and written work.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Logical

  • PPE And Health and Safety

  • Meticulous

  • Working under pressure

  • Objectivity

  • Sensitivity

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation (unless a heat venue is overcrowded)
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (link below) of working in a laboratory or within a crime scene unit.
  • Competitors must be working towards the minimum of a Level 3 science-based qualification and can enter if they are within their first year of work following graduation.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register before 14 May

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or work place, or, take part in an online competition

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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