Toolmark Identification and Comparison Training (Course ID FRMS-CS-0027)

Toolmark Identification and Comparison Training
(Course ID FRMS-CS-0027)

Course Description:This class supports the identification and comparison of toolmarks commonly encountered in criminal investigations. It is highly advanced and technical in nature. Students receive training in tool manufacture, common tool action and the toolmarks they produce as well as perform fracture and physical match examinations. Students will receive pre-course material approximately two weeks before the class which they are responsible for prior to arrival. Due to the amount of material covered in this course students can expect after hours reading and study assignments.

The class encompasses a full five (5) days of training, Monday through Friday. Students should schedule their travel accordingly.

Who Should Attend: Applications for this training will be accepted from law enforcement laboratories. The training will be held at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Ammendale, Maryland. There is no cost for the training however students are responsible for their own travel, lodging and incidental expenses.

Prerequisites for Attendance: Students must be currently working in the position of a qualified Firearms/Toolmark Examiner in a Forensic Laboratory within the United States. The curriculum is not designed for an examiner trainee. Students may be requested to provide documentation verifying that they perform Toolmark Examinations for their department. Each student must bring a lab coat and eye protection.

All prospective students (regardless of class location) must complete the Forensic Firearm Training Request for Non-ATF Employees form and email to

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the NFEA staff.

Jodi Marsanopoli
NFEA Program Manager

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Last Reviewed January 20, 2023