National Forensic Academy - Admission


In order to be considered for admission, candidates must be employed by a law enforcement agency.

With limited capacity for each session, admission to the NFA is highly competitive, and there is a waiting list of applicants for future sessions. A recommendation letter from a Chief, Sheriff, or Agency Head is required to be considered for admission to the Academy. Applications will be screened and a pool of candidates selected for each session of the Academy. Participants are required to remain in-residence in Knoxville for the full 10 weeks. Classes are not generally offered on weekends, and thus, participants are free to go home on the weekends if they so choose.

If you are interested in a particular session, please get your application packet into our office as soon as possible. Once the selection committee has screened applicants, you will be informed if you have been selected. Once selected, you will receive an acceptance packet via email.



Each participant is expected to be:

  • An investigator or crime scene technician, employed by a LE department.
  • Computer literate
  • Able to participate in group activities
  • Prepared to work outdoors in the elements and with human cadavers.


Classes are normally held beginning in:

  • January - March
  • April - June
  • September - November

You may download an NFA Admission Application here.

The above file is in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print the file. You may download the viewer here.

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