Accelerometers is part of De Montfort University CertHE in forensic collision investigation.

Accelerometers are commonly used by forensic collision investigators to establish the coefficient of friction but thats not all. Insurance black boxes, dash cams and similar devices all use accelerometers. This course looks at the various uses to which accelerometers can be put and how to interpret their output.

What you will study

Starting with what is an accelerometer the course develops to look at triggering, damping and the way in which some multi-directional devices deal with multiple force directions.

Entry requirements

We assume that you hold a UCPD, City & Guilds or equivalent in forensic road collision investigation. We recommend you have studied Applied maths to get the most from this module.

Pre-course study

Some of the maths will not have been covered at UCPD level but will have been covered in Applied maths. There are no per-reads for this module. You will need to be able to create graphs in Microsoft Excel. If you have not used Excel before log onto the free Online Excel course on the VLE..

Study method

Six weeks distance learning, the first two days being classroom based. (Video's of classroom sessions available for overseas students only).

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  General tools include a scientific calculator.  You will require access to a computer and Profile 5 which can be downloaded for a trial period from Vericom computers.


This module statrts with a two days residential. Day one is spent in the classroom and day two field testing at a local airfield. Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.


This module is assessed. Your tutor will mark your assessements and provide feedback.

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university's CertHE in forensic road collision investigation.

How to register

The CertHE starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS. If you wish to take this module without registering with the university you may do so however no university accreditation will be give. To take as a standalone check the course calendar for the next presentation and contact AiTS.

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The course at a glance

Code: ENGS1012
Credits: 15
Level: 4
Duration: 8 weeks
Type: 2 days classroom + distance learning
(1 day classroom whilst social distancing measures are in place)

Links to CertHE modules

Applied maths
Damage analysis
CCTV Analysis
Accelerometers in collision investigation
Driver and the environment


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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