FBI Virtual Academy
Questions?.......Virtual Academy Highlights
The FBI Virtual
Academy anticipates "opening
its doors" this month. We requested additional customization
of the site, which delayed our originally scheduled opening date
of February/March 2002. We appreciate your patience and the enthusiasm
we continue to hear concerning this endeavor.
for the Virtual Academy are well underway. We have received more
than 1,000 law enforcement, forensic laboratory, and judicial
system agency applications since posting the online application
in the January 2002 issue of Forensic Science Communications
for the Virtual Academy requires several steps. Agencies and their
employees must go through these steps before they can begin to
use the Virtual Academy. The following estimated timeline helps
explain this on-going process:
2002: Agencies began registering for the Virtual Academy
using the agency
application form. Identifying a Training Manager for the
agency is a key part of this registration. Students will not
be able to use the Virtual Academy until their agencies are
2002: The FBI Laboratory Training Unit began verifying agency
application information and approving agencies, which will allow
its employees to register and enroll in courses.
2002: The Training Unit began verifying agencies with the
Field Office who will become their liaison for the course enrollment
and approval process.
2002: The FBI certification and accredition process continues
to ensure the security of the information housed within the
2002: Training Managers of approved agencies will receive
instructions on student registration and course enrollment procedures
by e-mail from the Training Unit.
2002: Students can register and begin using the Virtual
2002: New fiscal year for training begins.
Is the FBI discontinuing its Quantico, Virginia, classes and offering
only Internet training?
No. The FBI will continue to hold its classes at its physical
academy in Quantico. The Virtual Academy is simply a new vehicle
for registering students for those classes, revealing new kinds
of training, supplying information, and circulating collaboration
opportunities to the criminal justice community. Thus, once
the system is fully operational, registration for both traditional
classroom instruction and interactive multi-media instruction
will occur only through the Virtual Academy.
Question: Is there a cost for using the Virtual Academy?
No. Use of the Virtual Academy is free. However, some of the
courses offered (e.g., those provided by one of our Training
Partners) may have a fee associated with them. Such costs will
be listed under the course information shown in the Course Catalog.
Question: When will the Administrative Advanced Latent
Fingerprints (or any other course) be offered?
The Course Catalog will list all course offerings when they
become available. Courses having an active session will display
the date, time, instructor, and location. Students cannot request
enrollment in courses without an active session listing. (NOTE:
Please do not call to inquire about when a particular class
will be held; it will be posted as soon as a session is approved.)
Question: I am having a problem getting my agency registered
through FSC. What can I do?
Fax your application to 703-632-4657, and we will enter it manually.
Training Unit Chief
Quantico, Virginia 22135
Virtual Academy Highlights
FBI Virtual Academy Campus
Virtual Academy will do far more than just automate training registration
and tracking. It will provide opportunities for
training with distance learning (Learning
training and professional development through individual transcripts
the Scientific Working Groups (Teaming
access to powerful reference materials using a customized Dialog
search engine (Library)
collaboration with strategic Training Partners using a consolidated
course catalog and joint course review, approval, and evaluation
process (Conference Center)
best practices, experts, and other knowledge mining tools (Conference
and Student Centers)
individual development plans for promoting the professional
growth of employees (Personal Room)
with fellow students (Student Center)
about career opportunities (Student Center)
input through surveys to improve training and other related
programs (Faculty Center)
community events at a glance (Site Calendar)
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