The members and officers of the ASQDE encourage eligible forensic document examiners, specialists and trainees to consider membership in the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.
Qualified applicants from the United States and Canada initially join as Provisional or Associate Members. FDE trainees may apply as Affiliate Members.
Practicing document examiners or specialists who reside in a country other than the United States or Canada must apply for Corresponding Membership.
All ASQDE member candidates must possess a baccalaureate and/or post-graduate degree from a recognized institute of higher learning, in addition to the qualifications described for each level of membership.
Only Regular Members and Life Members are entitled to vote and hold office in the ASQDE.
Questions about membership? Contact the ASQDE Membership Chair.
Bylaws of the ASQDE
All Society members are required to adhere to the provisions of the Bylaws, including the Code of Ethics (Article IX).
Please review the Bylaws before applying.
Why Join the ASQDE?
The purpose of the ASQDE is to foster education, sponsor scientific research, exchange experiences and provide instruction in the field of forensic document examination. It attempts to promote justice in matters that involve disputed documents.
Here are some of the benefits of ASQDE membership:
Affiliate Membership is the entry-level class, leading toward Provisional or Regular membership in the Society.
To apply, candidates must meet the educational requirement and:
After two years of post-training apprenticeship is complete, the Affiliate Member will apply for Provisional Member status.
Provisional candidates must meet the qualifications of the Affiliate Member, and:
The Society recognizes the current version of the SWGDOC Training Standard as containing the basic requirements for its Provisional and Corresponding Members when considering their membership application.
Provisional members undergo testing before they can be promoted to Regular Membership. Provisional Members who have successfully undergone written and practical testing by the ABFDE, may be eligible for a waiver of the written and practical tests administered by the ASQDE. Applicants for Regular Membership who are granted a waiver must complete an acceptable research project.
To be considered for Regular membership, a practicing document examiner who has been a Provisional Member for at least two years must successfully pass written, practical and oral examinations conducted by the Evaluation and Examinations Committee.
Applicants for Regular Membership who have successfully undergone written and practical testing by the ABFDE may be eligible for a waiver of the written and practical tests administered by the ASQDE. If so, they must complete an acceptable research project.
Current Provisional Members must apply for Regular Member status by completing the online form available in the Member Log In tab.
Corresponding Membership is offered only to practicing document examiners or specialists who reside in a country other than the United States or Canada.
Applicants for Corresponding Membership must meet the educational requirement as well as all the qualifications for Provisional Membership.
In addition, applicants must have attended at least one ASQDE AGM within three years prior to being voted on by the Membership for approval of their request to become a Corresponding Member.
Associate Members are non-FDE specialists, actively engaged in the forensic examination of documents (as described in the ASQDE bylaws) except that the examiner does not make examinations of documents for the determination of authorship.
Associate Member candidates must meet all the same requirements as for Provisional Membership.
LIFE OR LIFE CORRESPONDING
A person who has been a Regular Member for at least 20 years and is over 65 years
of age, or a person who has been a Regular Member for at least 30 years may be elected a Life Member by Special Resolution.
A person who has been a Corresponding Member for at least 20 years and is over 65 years of age, or a person who has been a Corresponding Member for at least 30 years may be elected a Life Corresponding Member by Special Resolution.
Qualifying members must apply by May 31 by completing the online form found in the Member Log In tab.
Honorary members of the ASQDE are those individuals who have made unique contributions to the ASQDE or the field of forensic document examination. Such members are nominated and voted on by ASQDE members at the Annual General Meeting.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted online through the ASQDE Membership Application form.
You cannot save the application in progress, so check the guidelines below for what to have ready before you apply.
A $100 non-refundable application fee is due when the application is submitted. The fee is applicable to the first year's ASQDE dues.
All classes of membership require proof of a four-year college/university degree.
You must upload an image of your diploma and provide the details in the application. After you submit your application, you must have an official transcript mailed to the ASQDE.
Provide the beginning and completion dates of your training, and the name and contact information of your primary trainer. If you are still in training, you will apply for Affiliate Membership.
List your current job title and duties.
List where you testified as a document examiner, including any were you were opposed by another FDE.
If you previously attended an ASQDE conference and/or submitted a paper or poster, provide the year and details. If you submitted a paper that was published in the Journal of the ASQDE, please provide details.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND CERTIFICATIONS
List any and all professional organizations with which you are affiliated. If you are certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, upload a scan of your certification certificate.
SPONSORS / REFERENCES
Provide the names and contact information of at least two sponsors. We prefer that at least one be a current Regular or Life ASQDE member.