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Third crash course starts Tuesday

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Information being gathered at the scene of a crash on East Street, Kingston, last January.

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), in partnership with the National Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, will roll out its next Traffic Crash Investigating and Reporting course on Tuesday, February 2.

The course offering comes on the heels of the successful completion by two cohorts representing a variety of industries and occupations.

The 10-week course, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, aims to train and certify the cadre of collision investigators to global standards and attract professionals for whom the area is vital to their careers, as well as those seeking a second career.

It responds to the needs of insurance, transportation, distribution and logistics companies, as well as several other industries which require the services of trained and certified traffic crash investigators.

Utilising theory, fieldwork and practical exercises, the course covers a wide cross section of topics, including accident reconstruction, road collision user analysis, evidence gathering and recording, photographing crash scenes, interviewing techniques, and the preparation of collision reports.

The course is ISO: 9001:2008 certified, with instructors trained by the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida, Delft Technology University from The Netherlands, and Lund University from Sweden.

Classes will be held at CMI's Workforce Development Centre in the Air Jamaica building on Harbour Street in Kingston on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and the course costs $60,750.

It will initially be offered in Jamaica and there are plans to conduct the training in various Caribbean territories.