How to become a fingerprint officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
You could give yourself an advantage by doing a relevant degree in:
- forensic science
- applied science
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
Each police service sets its own entry requirements, but to start as a trainee fingerprint officer you'll often need one or more of the following:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including maths, English and a science subject
- A levels or equivalent qualifications
- experience of working in the police service
Police services will carry out checks into your background and employment history. This might also include checks on your close family members.
Some knowledge of forensic and photographic techniques is helpful though not essential.
You can find out more about the work of a fingerprint officer from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.