Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS)


This course has been designed to give students the basic understanding of how IBIS is used as an investigative tool for solving gun-related crimes. The units within this course will cover a brief history on firearm identification, the methods of bullet and cartridge case identification, and the uses of IBIS for acquiring ballistics evidence.

Cost: $125.00. This course takes 15 hours to complete, on average. (AVAILABLE SPRING 2015)


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the process of classifying and identifying ballistic evidence.
  • Learn about the different systems in the IBIS product line.
  • Understand the process of acquiring evidence with the IBIS system.
  • Understand the correlation and comparison procedures for ballistic evidence.
  • Learn how the IBIS system is used as an investigative tool.

Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit course offering 3.54 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. The course cost is $125.00 per registration.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.  (AVAILABLE SPRING 2015)

Table of Contents


Unit 1: History of the Advancements in Firearm Identification

Unit 2: Identification of Cartridge Cases and Bullets

Unit 3: Overview of IBIS and NIBIN

Unit 4: The Fundamentals of Evidence Acquisition

Unit 5: Correlation and Comparison Procedures

Unit 6: Civil Applications

Unit 7: Other Tools and Technology

Unit 8: Standards

Unit 9: Success and Setbacks

Unit 10: Evidence Acquisition


There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Access to an IBIS system is not required for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have access to an IBIS?

Answer: No. The course is set up so that any part of the system you may need to view, you can through provided animations and screen shots.

Are discussion posts required?

Answer: Yes, all the discussion posts in this course are required.

Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Quicktime
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java

There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.

Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

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Instructor Information

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Anita Todd“I just wanted to let you all know that I have enjoyed the online forensic classes that are being offered through W. Virginia University. I have completed the Introduction to Firearms and Toolmarks course. It was very interesting. I have found I would like to further my knowledge in this area of forensic science. I am finishing up the IBIS course. It too has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to continuing with the non credit classes. I hope there will continue to be classes added to the course list as the Forensic Science field has many disciplines to encounter. I think the courses are great for those just beginning in the field or even as brush up courses. The thing I like best about the courses is they are great to just experience a basic knowledge of the different disciplines of forensic science. Thanks to all the instructors who put together the course materials and take the time to interact with those of us who are completing the courses.”

Michael Kouris

"All the classes that I have enrolled in have been great. The courses have so much information. I am very confident that any situation I come in contact with will aid me.

I want to thank all the teachers and staff of West Virginia University for the service they provide to law enforcment and other public service employees.

Great Courses."

Derek Puhl“My decision to take this class enabled my supervisor to see I was interested in the program and I was subsequently signed up and certified on the IBIS system! It was my foot in the door. Thank you.”