QD Section Proposed Membership Requirement Changes


B. Trainee Affiliate

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate must be fulfilled.
  2. In addition to annual eligibility certification, a Trainee Affiliate may not continue in this status for more than four (4) years before either applying for Associate Member or reapplying for Trainee Affiliate status.  Justification for reapplication will be contingent upon acceptance by the section Executive Committee.  If an applicant has not begun a Questioned Documents training program, but his/her employer supports one and the applicant has been accepted to begin one, the employer must provide specifics on when the program will beginand information on t The credentials of the current or future principal trainer(s) must be submitted
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Submit one (1) letter of reference. Reference must be a full Member or Fellow of  the Questioned Documents Section of the AAFS and must be able to comment  knowledgeably on the applicant’s training program. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants residing outside of the United States and Canada, in which case, the reference may be from one (1) person other than a Member or Fellow of the Academy. This reference will be evaluated and will be accepted if approved by a majority vote of the members present at an annual business meeting of the section. Since the AAFS Board of Directors approval occurs before the section business meetings, those seeking a waiver of requirements will be delayed approval of the application for one (1) year.

 

C. Associate Member

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Associate Member must be fulfilled, and
  2. Must have an earned baccalaureate or higher academic degree from an accredited college or university, and
  3. Have successfully completed and documented formalized training in the field of questioned document examination for at least two (2) years duration from a recognized questioned document laboratory or under the direct supervision of document examiners who are Members or Fellows of the Questioned Documents Section of the Academy, or a voting member of ASQDE, or who are Diplomates of the ABFDE (the section recognizes ASTM 2388-11 and the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination ((SWGDOC Standard for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners)) as the basic guides for fundamental training in the field), and
  4. Be actively engaged or employed full-time in the examination of questioned documents for at least two (2) years, independent of any program of training, and for that period must be personally responsible for conducting and reporting such examinations without technical supervisionand
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Two (2) letters of reference. One rReferences must be a full a Members or Fellows of the Questioned Documents Section of the AAFS and must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications.  The other reference must be from the applicant’s supervisor or director of the agency or, if self-employed, another full Member or Fellow of the section who must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants residing outside of the United States and Canada, in which case, one or both references may be from persons other than Members or Fellows of the Academy. These references will be evaluated and will be accepted if approved by a majority vote of the members present at an annual business meeting of the section. Since the AAFS Board of Directors approval occurs before the section business meetings, those seeking a waiver of requirements will be delayed approval of the application for one (1) year.


A. Associate Member to Member

While serving as an Associate Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and
  2. Attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the Questioned Documents Section of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Associate Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Member is being considered shall not be counted, and
  3. Present at least one (1) technical paper at oral or poster sessions or, participate in the scientific program of  the Questioned Documents Section within five (5) consecutive years prior to the annual meeting at which the title of Member is being considered (not to include the annual meeting at which the title of Member is being considered). Participation may include serving as a moderator or panelist at an AAFS annual meeting, publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, or participation on a working committee within the Questioned Documents Section.

* References not required

 

B. Member to Fellow

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and
  2. Attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the Questioned Documents Section of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted, and
  3. Service to the section or the profession determined to be acceptable by the Questioned Documents Section Chair and Secretary, such as: (1) submit evidence of teaching or training activities in the area of forensic document examination, or (2) certification by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.
  4. Advance the work and purpose of the Questioned Documents Section in three (3) or more of the following ways while an Associate Member or Member: While serving as an Associate Member or Member, p

a. Present at least two (2) technical papers at annual meetings of the AAFS at oral or poster sessions, or
b. Present at least one (1) technical paper and co-author at least two (2) technical papers at annual meetings of the AAFS at oral or poster sessions, or
c. Co-author at least four (4) technical papers at annual meetings of the AAFS at oral or poster sessions, or
d. Participate as a moderator, assistant moderator, chair, co-chair, faculty member, or panelist at two (2) or more annual meetings of the AAFS in scientific sessions, workshops, breakfast sessions, roundtables, Student Academy, or other recognized AAFS meeting sessions, or
e. Participate as an active member or chair of a committee of the Questioned Documents Section for one (1) or more years, or other equivalent service to the Questioned Document Section approved by the executive committee, or
f. Attend a minimum of six (6) annual meetings of the Questioned Documents Section of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted.

  1. 3. Present at least one (1)  technical paper that is accepted for publication by the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, IAI Journal, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International, or Science & Justice.