This two-day online training is specifically designed to aid the student in understanding and accepting the anxiety of testifying, then taking that concern and channeling it in a positive direction to make them a better witness. Most law enforcement officers, investigators, and forensic specialists receive little formal training on proper methods of providing testimony. That presents a significant problem because jury members may assume you are properly trained and that you testify on a regular basis. For most criminal justice witnesses, testifying in court is not a regular part of their schedule and this lack of experience leads to a natural feeling of anxiety when called upon to testify. You will learn that "Fear is Good" because when you are afraid you are also very alert to what is happening around you. Once you learn to utilize and channel this feeling you can make great strides in becoming the witness you want to be and the kind of witness that the jury expects. This seminar is designed to help you accomplish this goal.


Individuals that have a fear of public speaking (that's just about everyone); Individuals who have not had the opportunity to receive much formal courtroom testimony training; Individuals who are willing to work at identifying their strong points and best talents and build their testimony skills upon those abilities; and Individuals who believe that they can succeed on the witness stand with the help from some training.

Who will be attending this seminar with you?

- Criminal Investigators
- DUI Enforcement Officers
- Narcotics Investigators
- Uniformed Street Officers
- Forensic Specialists
- Crime Scene Investigators
- Laboratory Experts
- Criminal Justice Trainers


**Subject to change.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before You Begin

    • Your Instrcutor - John Black

    • Need Help? Got Questions? Contact Us

  • 2

    RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

    • RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

  • 3

    DAY 1 - 07/12/2022

    • LIVE RS&A Courtroom Testimony - DAY 1

  • 4

    DAY 2 - 07/13/2022

    • LIVE RS&A Courtroom Testimony - DAY 2

  • 5


    • Courtroom Testimony Course Survey

  • 6

    Courtroom Testimony - Written Exam

    • Final Exam

  • 7


    • 2-Day LIVE Training - Expert Witness Testimony - Ron Smith



July 12, 2022 - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM CST

July 12, 2022  - Afternoon Session 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

July 13, 2022  - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM CST

July 12, 2022  - Afternoon Session 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST


RS&A Training Coordinator


John P. Black serves as the Training Coordinator for Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. (RS&A). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry as well as graduate hours in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University. John has 28 years of experience as a forensic scientist and has worked for RS&A, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He has spent the last 25 years as a latent print and footwear/tire track examiner, with 12 of those years also being devoted to crime scene investigation. John is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Latent Print Examiner, Footwear Examiner and Senior Crime Scene Analyst. He is a former member of the IAI’s Crime Scene Certification Board, Ethics Committee, Editorial Review Board and Footwear/Tire Track Subcommittee. He has provided expert witness testimony in Federal and State courts on over 110 occasions in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas. John’s forensic research has been published in the Journal of Forensic Identification and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. He has conducted over 250 training classes throughout North America, Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe on topics such as fingerprint examination, latent print processing, crime scene and evidence photography, crime scene investigation, courtroom testimony, impression evidence collection and bloodstain pattern analysis. John was awarded Distinguished Member status by the IAI in 2007.

I.A.I. Approved

16 Hours

This RS&A LIVE online training has been approved by the I.A.I. for 16 Hours of continuing education credits for Certification and Re-Certification by the Latent Print Certification Board, Footwear Certification Board, and Forensic Video Certification Board. The Crime Scene Certification Board approves this training for 16 Hours training credit towards CS Re-Certification.