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Certification & Training Programs

The CDITC provides a variety of training programs designed to meet the demands of today's criminal defense investigation professional.  The training is discipline specific and focused exclusively on the art and science of criminal defense investigation. Many of our programs are unique methodologies developed exclusively for CDITC members. 

 CDITC training recognizes the needs and demands of the criminal defense investigator and separates the discipline from the law enforcement perspective.    


Brandon Perron and the faculty staff of the CDITC are available to deliver training to your organization in the form of programs, seminars and at conferences as a Trainer and Key Note Speaker.  The following rates represent one instructor.


1-2  hour presentation - Minimal Fee may be required plus travel expenses

Half Day - $ 1,000.00 plus travel expenses

Full Day - $ 2,000.00 plus travel expenses

Two Day - $ 3,000.00 plus travel expenses

Customized Training Programs can be developed to suit the individual needs of an agency and their mission. 


Key Note - Customized (Call to discuss) 


Ask about special rates for Government for the 2 day program.



The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI)

Approved Academic Training is required to meet the academic/training requirements of the CCDI designation.  The CCDI program adheres to the philosophical and methodical dynamics of the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation.  Applicants must successfully complete one of the following four training programs.

1. Completion of the CDITC Academy Program which includes the two day/16 hour Component Method Certification program, or

2. Completion of the 2 day/16 hour CDITC Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: Component Method certification training program, or


3. Completion of the Florida 19th Judicial Circuit, Public Defender Academy program which includes the extensive Component Method curriculum, or

4. Completion of the Distance Learning which includes the extensive Component Method curriculum, or

5. Completion of an Authorized and Approved Component Method Training program consisting of a minimum of 2 days/16 hours.

PlusTwo (2) years investigative experience, (25) comprehensive criminal defense assignments, written recommendation from two (2) criminal defense attorneys, signed oath of conduct, and a Written Test.

Certification Fee:  $ 225.00 

CDITC Certified Forensic Interviewer - FTER (CFI-FTER)

Completion of the eight (8) hour CDITC approved FTER - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery training program or the approved Distance Learning program.  Written & Practical Tests in concert with training.

The FTER Program is grounded in the theoretical understanding of testimonial evidence in its various forms.  Practitioners assimilate a comprehensive understanding of testimonial evidence relative to its creation and potential contamination for the purpose of recovery and analysis.  Successful completion awards the CFI-FTER designation recognizing proficiency in the FTER method of forensic interviewing and analysis.

Certification Fee:  $ 225.00 

CDITC Certified Forensic Science Investigator (CFSI)

Completion of six (6) CDITC approved forensic training programs including but not limited to; Latent Prints, General Crime Scene, Bloodstain Detection & Interpretation, Firearm's Examination, Computer Forensics & Data Recovery, Forensic Photography - Written Test.  (Distance Learning Option not available at this time)

The Certified Forensic Science Investigator (CFSI) program is designed to elevate the ability of the criminal defense investigator to interpret and recognize the need for expert independent analysis.   The CFSI is better positioned to facilitate the efforts of forensic science experts and to incorporate their findings into the investigative process and defense theory development. The CFSI can also serve as the liaison between the legal team and the forensic science experts.  The expertise of the CFSI will enhance the capabilities of the defense team and increase the effectiveness of representation consistent with the demands of due process.

Certification Fee:  $ 225.00 

Basic Certification - Criminal Defense Specialist 

The Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation is widely accepted as the standard protocol for due process investigations consistent with the demands of the 6th amendment and the right to a fair trial.  Completion of the Component Method Course designates one as a CDITC recognized Criminal Defense Specialist Certified in the Component Method.   It is the first step and a prerequisite toward earning the expert designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI). The Component Method certification may be earned through multiple avenues involving both class room instructor lead programs or the distance learning Instructor led program. The classroom program is 2 days (16 hours) and is offered through a variety of sources at different locations throughout the United States. 

No additional fee is required to earn this designation other than successful completion of an authorized and approved CDITC Component Method course.



The CDITC demands learning participants and partners to provide detailed answers reflecting unique individual thoughts.  Teams may be formed to complete projects and facilitate scenario based learning.  Discussion among participants may be encouraged for open book assignments and testing processes.  However, answers are not to be shared and must reflect the participant’s unique understanding and thoughts. Essay submissions that are identical or substantially similar to another participant’s work product will be disqualified.    While group discussion and problem solving is encouraged, learning to think and work independently is part of the training and educational process. Cheating or plagiarism in any form is considered a serious violation and may result in disciplinary action.

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Earn a prestigious CDITC Specialization Designation and advance your expertise before it is too late to compete!

Criminal Defense Investigation - Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method:  Philosophy and Methodology of Investigation, Attorney-Client Privilege as Agents of Counsel, Work-Product Doctrine, Criminal Rules of Procedure, Law - Legal Defenses - Defense Theories, Forensic Case Review & Analysis, The Defendant Interview, Crime Scene, Impeachment Investigations, Witness Interviewing & Statements, Report Writing & Testifying.  2 day/16 hour program.  Required for Board Certification. 

Forensic Interviewing - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery - The FTER Method:  Developed as a supplement to the Component Method of criminal defense investigation. FTER is intended to enhance the investigative interview process by elevating the investigator’s understanding of testimonial evidence as it relates to analysis, evaluation, recovery, and documentation. Two years (2) investigative interviewing experience and completion of the 8 hour seminar or distance learning option is required to earn the designation of Certified Forensic Interview (CFI) - Test Required.

Advanced and Specialized Training is also available:  Homicide, Mitigation Specialist, Sex Crimes, Computer Forensics and Data Recovery Techniques, Blood Spatter Analysis / Blood Detection, General Crime Scene, Basic Latent Prints, Medical/Death Investigations, Forensic Photography, Forensic Firearm's Examination and Academy Programs.

CDITC- Mitigation & Investigation Training Course for Investigators

The CDITC can deliver a powerful one day training program to Public Defender Investigation Divisions.  The training is presented by Brandon Perron, CCDI, with emphasis placed upon the specific approach to capital case investigation and mitigation efforts associated with the guilt and penalty phases. An example case study is presented that demonstrates the influence of an effective mitigation effort can have on the outcome.


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SPECIAL TESTING Fraternal Order of Investigators Conference 
June 24, 2021- Kerrville, Texas - Successfully Delivered

The following testing payment portal is for those who successfully completed the SPECIAL FAST-TRACK 1 Day Component Method Certification Program.  Successful completion of the program combined with testing satisfies the academic requirements for the CCDI designation. 



Participants are NOT REQUIRED to take the test.  However, participants who are interested in being certified in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management must successfully pass the test with an 80% grade.  Successful participants will be awarded the certification and recognized as a CDITC Criminal Defense Specialist.  Successful completion will also satisfy the academic requirements to apply for the advanced designation of BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL DEFENSE INVESTIGATOR (CCDI).

Please note that the TEXTBOOK Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method is required to take the test.  The test is based ONLY on the textbook and NOT the presentation notes

Upon purchasing the test, a link will be emailed to you providing access to the online test. It is a 50 question (true & false/multiple choice) open book test and you will have 2 hours to complete the test. Detailed instructions will be provided in the email. You MUST read the instructions prior to taking the test. 


Those who purchase a textbook will also have the textbook shipped to them via USPS Priority Mail.



OPTION 1 - FOI Texas Training Participants Only Test and Textbook 
Item #: FOI - $ 75.00 plus $ 10.00 S&H


OPTION 2 - FOI Texas Training Participants only Test only (for those who have the book)
Item# FOI - $ 50.00

FOI Texas Training Participants Only - Test and Textbook


FOI Texas Training Participants only - Test only