The Forensic Science Leadership Series
at Cedar Crest College

2019 Workshops

Advanced (Scene Based) Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Training Course

Advanced (Scene Based) Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Training Course

August 19 – 23, 2019
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Course Instructors

Dr. Mark Reynolds APM
Sargeant Dave Spivey MSFS


As crime demographics change around the world and the number of true “stranger” homicides decline, the HOW is often more important than the WHO.  This course is designed to teach attendees the underpinning sciences as they apply to BPA and develop greater interpretative skills for examining complex scenes.  The foundation of the course is that the true “value add” of any reconstructive BPA effort hinges on getting it right at the start.  This course will also demonstrate to attendees that a fundamental, yet advanced, knowledge of BPA principles is pivotal for obtaining reliable interpretive opinions.  Subsequently, this course will focus on helping attendees understand what and why they do what they do, not just show them how.

The first four days of the course will use theoretical and practical interaction to examine topics such as:

On the final day, attendees will sit a written test and then examine a complex BPA scene from which they will prepare a comprehensive expert report.

Who should attend?
The course is designed for experienced crime scene investigators and forensic scientists who have scene-based casework experience, have completed a 40-hour basic BPA course and who perform complex BPA scene examinations from which they provide expert opinions.  The format of the course is such that participants will be able to immediately implement the knowledge gained from its content into their daily casework activities.

Who are Mark and Dave?
With almost 30 years of law enforcement experience Mark was, until recently, employed by the Western Australia Police (WAP) as their Forensic Science Consultant and Manager, Quality Assurance.  He holds a BSc, MSFS and a PhD in BPA.  Coupling his formal education with 18 years of practical experience in the use of science to investigate homicides and almost 10 years of supervising post graduate research students Mark is well placed to understand and link the theoretical concepts and practical implications of using science to forensically investigate major crime.

Dave is currently the WAP BPA program manager and chair of Australia’s ANZPAA NIFS BPA Scientific Working Group.  It is Dave’s full-time responsibility to attend BPA scenes, develop and mentor BPA trainees and deliver Level II and III BPA training around Australia.  Dave holds several BSc degrees and a MSFS in BPA.  Mark and Dave bring more than 30 years of practical BPA experience and 15 years of university level science education to the course.  Together they present a unique and well-considered perspective on advanced BPA scene examination methods.


“Very intense.  A lot of work but really valuable.”

“Thank you so much for your willingness to share your knowledge and experience and for pushing the envelope on how we can do much better.”

Course Duration and Assessments

With pre and post course self-directed learning the course duration is 80 hours.  The course has three assessments; a pre-course assignment, a written examination and preparation of a post course scene examination report.

General Information

USD $1995.00 per person. The fee is registration only, all other costs are the responsibility of the registrant.  Full payment must be made at least one month prior to the course on July 12. 

Each participant is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation.  It is recommended to use the hotel listed below.

Registration Deadline

The last date registrations will be accepted is July 12.

Meals and Accommodations

The cost of accommodation, meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of the participant.  Lunch is available at the college and restaurants are located within a short walk of the recommended hotel for the course. 

The Hyatt Place Bethlehem is the recommended hotel for the course.  A discounted group booking rate is available.

Quote G-CGBA when reserving a room via phone.

Hyatt Place Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA 18018
Contact: JoAn Collins
Tel: +1 610 625 0500, Fax: +1 610 625 0503

Course Contacts

All course content questions please send to Dr. Mark Reynolds,

All registration questions please send to