Professional: Professional membership is open to established professionals engaged in forensic document examination. Methods and procedures of conducting an examination must be limited to scientific and forensic procedures generally recognized as acceptable means to evaluate evidence. Admittance testing is required. Dues are $175.00 per year.
In addition to the general requirements previously stated, applicants are required to submit three cases for evaluation by a review committee during the application process. Upon acceptance of the application, the individual must sit for testing at the next symposium and pass all portions of the test before being presented to the membership for vote.
The testing is proctored and covers principles of handwriting identification, typewriting, ink and paper comparison, laboratory procedures, document photography, court procedures, legal terminology and other aspects of document examination. Complete three practical examinations with written opinions applying standard document examination procedures.