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Interested in becoming a Coroner ?

The Recognized Forensic Science Degree or Certification Update


The Coroner’s Training Advisory Committee recognizes the following forensic science degree or certification programs for eligibility to run for the office of coroner.


The two recognized programs/certifications are:



Although neither of these programs/certifications guarantees an individual’s competence, the above options have been reviewed by the committee to meet the needs of this statute, 17-5-130(G)'

Know the role

"Uncovering the truth beyond the grave: become a coroner."

The role of a Coroner is to investigate the circumstances surrounding a person's death and determine the cause and manner of death. The coroner’s duties include examining the body, reviewing medical records, conducting autopsies, and gathering evidence related to the death. The coroner also interacts with law enforcement, medical professionals, and other individuals involved in the investigation to ensure that all relevant information is considered.

The job of a Coroner is crucial because it helps provide closure for the family and loved ones of the deceased and contributes to public safety by identifying potential threats to the community. In addition, the coroner’s work can assist in identifying trends in certain types of deaths, which can inform public health policies and prevention efforts.

To become a Coroner, specific qualifications may vary by state or jurisdiction but typically include a high school diploma or equivalent and often a degree in a related field, such as forensic science or criminal justice. The candidate must also pass a background check and meet other eligibility requirements, such as being a registered voter in the county where they seek election.

In many jurisdictions, Coroners are elected officials, meaning that they are voted into office by the citizens they will serve. Once elected, they typically undergo a training program that provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their duties. This training may include courses in anatomy, pathology, and investigation techniques and instruction on state and local laws regarding death investigations.


Coroners may also be required to obtain certification from a professional organization, such as the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, to demonstrate their expertise and ensure they meet specific professional standards.

In summary, the role of a Coroner is critical in determining the cause and manner of a person's death, providing closure for families, and contributing to public safety and health. Becoming a Coroner typically requires education and training in a related field, as well as meeting specific eligibility requirements, and often involves being elected to office by the jurisdiction's citizens.

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