Firearm and Tool Mark Certification Testing

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) is now accepting applications to take the written portion of the certification test during the August 20-31 time period.

Qualified applicants should submit test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman by COB August 13, 2012.

Information and forms can be found on the AFTE website.

The new online test format, converted from paper to web for AFTE by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (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:

1. Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
2. Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
3. 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.

Candidates will have another opportunity to take the online exam between October 22-November 2, 2012 and applications for those dates are also being accepted.

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