The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE ) is now accepting applications to take the written portion of the certification test during the October 22 to November 2, 2012 time period. Qualified applicants should submit test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman by COB October 12, 2012.
Information and forms can be found on the AFTE website: http://www.afte.org/AssociationInfo/a_certification.htm
The new online test format, converted from paper to web for AFTE by NFSTC, will allow candidates to complete both the written and practical portions of the exam at or near their workplace, without the extra time and expense of traveling. The fee for the online exam is $50.
Qualified applicants can choose to pursue certification in any or all of three subject areas:
- Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
- Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
- Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification
To ensure the integrity of the exam, the online written exam must be proctored by a certified member of a forensic professional organization that has an enforced ethics code. Details can be found on the page linked above.