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Dean Beers, CLI, CCDI
Defending the United States Constitution One Case at a Time!

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Welcome to the
Criminal Defense Investigation
Training Council (CDITC) 
Brandon A. Perron,CCDI National Director

The objective of the CDITC is focused upon elevating the discipline of criminal defense and due process investigation to the level of significance and importance that it deserves.  We recognize our fundamental mission as criminal defense and due process investigators is the defense of the United States Constitution with an emphasis upon the 6th Amendment.  

The Council is actively pursuing the goals of professional competence and academic excellence through Certifications, Training Seminars, Distance Learning, and Academy Level Training Programs. The CDITC methodology and philosophy is the result of over 23 years of research and development.  Our programs and curriculum have been developed in concert with public defender agencies, colleges & universities, professional law & investigation associations and top professional criminal defense investigators from across the nation. 

We are honored to have the finest public defender investigators and private investigators in the nation among our ranks!  


The Council encourages agencies and professionals actively engaged in the discipline of Criminal Defense Investigation to join the Council and pursue the nationally recognized and prestigious designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI).    Are you Board Certified?

The Mission and History 
Congrats to our 2018 Academy Graduates!!
Check out our CDI Academy Program page for more pics from this year's Academy!
Join the Top Criminal Defense Investigators in the World for the highest level of training available!
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The Criminal Defense 
Training Council

2019 Training Schedule Coming Soon!


Federal Public Defender - Eastern District, Virginia 

November 14

CDITC Director Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER will be delivering training on November 14th to the legal and investigative staff of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia. The session will cover the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management Technology.

2018 Investigator Super Conference

November 8-11

Pre-Conference Seminar: CDITC National Director Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER will be presenting an accelerated one day (8) hours Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation Course.

Sign up now!  This is the last chance for the Component Method Certification Training in 2018!

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INSPI- Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery (FTER)

October 26-27, 2018

CDITC National Director Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER, will return to South Bend IN for round two of training from October 26-27, 2018.
Stay tuned for more details. This event is hosted by the Indiana Society of Professional Investigations (INspi - www.indianainvestigators.com



September 4-6, 2018


CDITC National Director Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER spoke covering multiple topics.   The annual event was held September 4-6, 2018, at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, 1617 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 

Florida Public Defender Association 

Summer Conference 

Investigation & Mitigation – 

“Not Just for Capital Cases”.

August 9-10, 2018


 Two day, 12 hours Investigation & Mitigation Training session (Investigator Track).  The program is sponsored by the Florida Public Defender Investigation Association, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.   The program will focus upon understanding and developing comprehensive mitigation strategies for all types of cases.


Recognize the need for mitigation efforts on all types of cases

• Elevate the level of organization and lead tracking for Investigation and Case Management

• Work with the legal team and share information – guilt and penalty phase

• Function in concert with mitigation experts to enhance the process and avoid overlap

• Understand and follow Mitigation Protocols

• Reconstruct the defendant’s life history and document via witnesses and records

• Identify required historical records and develop a plan to recover records

• Recognize mitigation facts and evidence – testimonial, documentary, physical

• Identify facts that may combat aggravators claimed by the prosecution

• Develop plans of action and theories supported by evidence

• Locate and interview witnesses, document interviews and recover statements

• Develop strategies to approach and secure the cooperation of reluctant witnesses


*This program may be available to public defender investigators only.

Arizona Public Defender Association 15th Annual APDA Statewide Conference

June 21 – 23, 2018


 The APDA Annual Statewide Conference is the training and social event of the year. The three-day conference offers training on an incredibly diverse range of topics for attorneys, investigators, paralegals, mitigation specialists, and administrative support staff. CDITC National Director Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER is scheduled to present two-part course on Thursday, June 21st, on The Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management. 

2018 CDITC Criminal Defense Investigation Academy

June 11-15, 2018  

 5 day, 40-hour Criminal Defense Investigation Academy  held June 11-15th, at the Marriott Courtyard on the Beach, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island, Florida.  The program  involved participant investigative teams with designated team leaders and faculty advisors to facilitate and lead follow-up discussions. Academy Instructors provided lecture and media based training in general sessions and lead breakout teams in hands-on training.  Training was offered to satisfy the Academic Requirements of the Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and Certified Forensic Interviewer - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery (CFI-FTER) designations. 


Florida Public Defender Association 
Winter Training 

November 30-December 1, 2017

Two Track Investigator Training 
Program Director/Lead Instructor Brandon A. Perron, CCDI

Track 1 - Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation 
Track 2 - Homicide and Sex Crimes Investigation

Regency Pier Sixty Six
2301 SE 17th Street Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Room Rate $129.00 – Reservation Deadline: November 6, 2017

Contact FPDA directly for further informationClick on link below to register.


Rocky Mountains - Colorado Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Certification Program, PPIAC - Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado

October 7, 2017 

Instructor Brandon Perron was unable to attend the event at the PPIAC Conference due to Hurricane Irma. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 7th. The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focuses upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  

The training will be held at the Arapahoe Regional Public Defender’s Office, 12350 E. Arapahoe Rd., Ste A, Centennial, CO 80112.

Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Arkansas Public Defender Commission

August 21-24
Four Day Academy Program

The CDITC in partnership with the Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Arkansas Public Defender Commission will be hosting the CDITC Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigaiton Certification Training, Forensic Interviewing Certification course, and Capital Case - Mitigation Training for four days in Little Rock, AK. at Marriott Hotel. 

Southeast - Florida Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Advanced Certification Program, FPDA - Florida Public Defender Association 
Successfully Completed!

July 27 & 28, 2017

The CDITC in partnership with the Florida Public Defender Investigator Association will be providing the CDITC 16 hour Advanced Forensic Interviewing Certification course to participating Florida Public Defender Investigators.  

The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  Exercises and practicums will be employed to enhance the training experience. 

FPDA Building A Better Defense Training - Hyatt Regency, Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida.

National Criminal Defense Investigation Training Academy
40 Hours of intensive training

Defense Investigator Academy

January 23-27, 2017

Five day Academy program - Successfully Completed! 

Criminal Defense Investigation: The Component Method & Case Management, Forensic Science Applications, and Capital Case and Penalty Phase Mitigation, Scenario Based Team Oriented Training - Instructors will consist of CDITC & CALI Cadre. This program promises to be the most exciting training event of the year! San Jose, CA.  

West Coast-Component Method and Defense Investigation Training-United States Marine Corps

February 6-8, 2017
Three Day Academy program
Successfully Completed!

United States Marine Corps, DSO Defense Counsel Assistance Program.  Two days - Criminal Defense Investigation - The Component Method.  One Day Sex Crimes Investigation for the Defense.  San Diego, CA. 

Midwest Component Method Criminal Defense Investigation Training - INSpi Indiana Society of Professional Investigators 

May 16-18, 2017
Three Day Academy program 
Successfully Completed!

The CDITC in partnership with the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators is hosting the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management Certification Course. The Six Components of Criminal Defense Investigation will also include a scenario based team oriented training module. 

Training will be held in South Bend, Indiana at the Double Tree Hotel led by Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER.  Click here for more information- http://www.indianainvestigators.com/events.php

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The CDITC is honored to welcome the United States Military into our organization.  We had the privilege to deliver the CDITC Certification Training to the investigative team of the Office of Chief Defense Counsel in Washington, D.C.  The training was attended by Navy NCIS, Army CID, and Air Force OSI agents as well as civilian investigators assigned to the team. 

First Graduating Class- United States Marine Corps, CDITC Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation and Case Management Certification. 


The CDITC maintains a You Tube channel reflecting a variety of videos regarding criminal defense investigation 


The White House, Washington, D.C.   

Golden Rule Award Finalist – CDITC Intern Investigator Program


"I commend you for your commitment to the American ideal of Service.  Your efforts are going a long way toward healing and renewing your communities and serve as an inspiration to all who are striving to improve our world." 


  -  Bill Clinton - President of the United States of America  

Indiana Public Defender Council   


"I secured Mr. Perron’s services to conduct an eight hour intensive training program for criminal defense investigators here in Indiana.  The program which Mr. Perron devised, organized and single-handedly taught was the best investigator training we have ever been able to secure for our investigator members."   


  - Jodie English, Attorney at Law - Training Coordinator  

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Public Advocacy    


"Brandon Perron, the Executive Director of the CDITC, is a rare triple threat of a presenter.  He brings the rare combination of clear communication in preparation, strong substance and excellent showmanship.  He motivates and challenges investigators to perform at the highest level and take responsibility for their work and their role in the agency." 


  - Jeff Sherr, Attorney At Law - Education and Strategic Planning Manager

Colorado Public Defender

"We've heard from many attendees how much they appreciated the training.  Your are an engaging speaker which made it possible for people to actually stay tuned in for the message.  We really appreciate all you did to make this investigator conference such a success for us"

John Goglach and Pam Sharp, training organizers for the Colorado Public Defender.



Government Agency Members & Participants:

  1. United States Department of Defense (DOD) - US Military Office of Chief Defense Counsel
  2. United States Marine Corps - Defense Services Organization
  3. United States Navy - Defense Services Office 
  4. United States Government - Federal Public Defender
  5. National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
  6. State of Virginia - Department of Criminal Justice Services
  7. State of Colorado - Public Defender Office                          
  8. State of Illinois, Cook County Public Defender - Chicago, IL         
  9. State of Connecticut - Public Defender, Quinnipiac Law School
  10. State of Indiana - Public Defender - Indianapolis, IN
  11. State of Ohio - Public Defender
  12. Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy - Frankfort, KY
  13. State of Minnesota -  Public Defender
  14. State of Iowa, Public Defender
  15. State of Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Tallahasee, FL
  16. State of Florida, 4th Judicial Circuit, Public Defender, Jacksonville, FL
  17. State of Florida 5th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Ocala, FL
  18. State of Florida 8th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Gainesville, FL
  19. State of Florida 9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Orlando, FL
  20. State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Miami, FL
  21. State of Florida, 13th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Tampa, FL
  22. State of Florida 19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Fort Pierce, FL
  23. State of Florida, 4th District, Regional Conflict Counsel
  24. State of Missouri, Public Defender
  25. State of Wisconsin, Public Defender
  26. State of Massachusetts, CPCS Committee for Public Counsel Services
  27. State of Georgia, Public Defender
  28. State of North Carolina, Public Defender
  29. State of Arizona, Public Defender
  30. State of Louisiana, Public Defender
  31. New York State Defender Association, New York Public Defender
  32. State of New York Public Defender Association
  33. Ontario County Public Defender, State of New York
  34. State of Arkansas, Public Defender Commission
  35. State of South Dakota - Public Defender

Professional Association Partners & Participants:
  1. NDIA - National Defender Investigator Association
  2. NAIS - National Association of Investigative Specialists
  3. TCDLA - Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  4. FAPD - Florida Association of Public Defenders
  5. NALI - National Association of Legal Investigators
  6. PAWLI - Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators
  7. SCALI - South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators
  8. LPDAM - Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts
  9. FALI - Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
  10. TALI - Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
  11. CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  12. NCAPI - North Carolina Association of Private Investigators
  13. CALPI - Connecticut Association of Private Detectives
  14. GAPPI - Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators
  15. IAPI - Iowa Association of Professional Investigators
  16. MCPI - Michigan Council of Private Investigators
  17. INSPI - Indiana Society of Professional Investigators
  18. SDBA - South Dakota Bar Association
  19. PPIAC - Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado 

Educational Institutions

Boston University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
Roger Williams College
Quinnipiac Law School
City College
Indian River State College
Kaiser University
Private Agency Members & Participants:
Ashenoff & Associates - Miami, FL

Case in Point Investigations - Manchester, NH & Boston, MA

I.R.I.S. LLC - Hartford, CT


Investigative Support Specialist, Inc - Stuart, FL

Fairfield Investigations, Jupiter, FL


Call 1-800-465-5233 to schedule a training event at your location.