Preparing for Lab Accreditation

The IACIS “Preparing for Lab Accreditation” (PLA) is a 36-hour course of instruction. This course is designed for examiners, supervisors, managers, and executives that have the responsibility to develop and implement policies and procedures within a digital forensic unit or laboratory in their efforts to obtain accreditation.

This course of instruction is designed to provide guidance on how any digital evidence lab can earn accreditation by understanding and implementing the accreditation requirements.  Topics include an overview of the accreditation schema and benefits of achieving accreditation, how to implement a Quality Management System that is in compliance with ISO 17025/17020, developing laboratory SOPs and other related documentation, and understanding Validation\Verification for equipment, methods and software as it relates to digital evidence.

Program Outline

I. Understanding accreditation Certification vs. Accreditation

  • Certification vs. Accreditation
  • Benefits of accreditation
  • What standards must be met to earn accreditation

II. Understanding ISO 17025/17020

  • Uniqueness of Digital Evidence

III. Accredited Bodies

  • Supplement Requirements

IV. Quality Management System

  • How all the pieces fit together
    • Policies and Procedures
      • International Standards
      • Supplemental Requirements of Accreditation Bodies
      • Quality Manual Development
      • Technical Manual (i.e., SOPs defining Technical Methods)
      • Operations Manual (e.g., evidence management/equipment management)
      • Training Manual
    • Resources
      • People (Training, mentoring, and establishing technical competency)
      • Training Programs
      • Facility Design and Security
      • Forensic Hardware and Software
    • Performance measures
      • Internal Audits and Corrective Action
      • Training Evaluation
      • Outcomes of proficiency testing
      • Customer feedback

V. Small Lab Challenges

  • Peer Review
  • Job Responsibilities

VII. Validation\Verification

  • Laboratory Methods
  • Software
  • Hardware​


October 30 – November 3, 2017 – Registration is Open!!  (Limited to 30 students)


DC Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)

401 E. Street SW, 1st Floor, Washington, DC, 20024

Contact Person:  Tracy Walraven, (


Existing IACIS members simply log in with your credentials and go to the products page to purchase and register for the course.

For non-IACIS members, the membership fee is waived with the purchase of the training course; however, to register for the course you must complete a membership application at the time of purchase.

Apply for membership and purchase the course on the PRODUCTS PAGE.

Tuition is $500.00

HOTEL:  For reservations click on the link below.  There is no block of rooms set aside for this training, however, the hotel does have government rates.


400 E. Street SW, Washington, DC, 20024



There are no formal computer forensics credentials required for entry into the PLA program, however, the program is designed for those that are responsible for developing and implementing digital evidence standards within the laboratory.

COURSE SYLLABUS:PLA Description and Syllabus 2017


COURSE NOTES: Please read the following notes regarding this class:

1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one-hour lunch break.

2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks). The wearing of shorts, flip-flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom.

3. Personal computers are encouraged in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.