Associate Membership category recognises those who have recently graduated in forensic science or who are in the early stages of their forensic science career (less than 2 years). We fully understand the pressures that students face on graduating and when they are seeking employment. The Associate Membership level is specifically designed to assist students by providing a sound progressive route which is regonised by prospective employers.
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This category has the post-nominal ACSFS and will apply to those who, within the past two years, have graduated from a Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' accredited degree programme or other non-accredited forensic science degree which has been deemed acceptable by the Society.
Associate Membership provides a clear and direct route through to full membership and brings the Society into line with other professional bodies who have a graduate career progression route in place for their subject specific discipline. This category remains open to graduates of related subjects such as Chemistry or Biology who are now working in forensic science or undertaking further qualifications in the field. Affiliate Members will continue to be able to apply for full membership of the Society in line with the current criteria laid down by the Membership and Ethics Committee.
Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Accredited Degree Programmes:
Students on a Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Accredited degree programme can register as Student Members. Upon graduation from these accredited courses Student Members are automatically eligible to become Associate Members of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Associate Membership bears the post-nominal ACSFS. Applications must occur within three years of graduation and is automatic upon production of degree certificate and one named referee.
Associate Members have full voting rights, may serve on Society Council and are subject to the Society Code of Conduct.
Associate Membership is a transitory category of membership normally held for no more than three years. Associate Members are expected to progress to Professional Membership (MCSFS) through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Non-accredited degree programmes of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences:
Students on non-accredited forensic science or core science degree programmes can register as Student Members of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Graduates of non-accredited forensic science or core science degrees may be eligible to become Associate Members upon satisfactory assessment and review of their courses of study. Information on applicants' general forensic knowledge in relation to work practice and experience, include a professional interview. Applications must be made within two years of graduation. Associate Membership bears the post-nominal ACSFS. Associate Members have full voting rights, may serve on Society Council and are subject to the Society Code of Conduct.
Those not satisfying the assessment and review process may be offered Affiliate Membership until such time as their practical experience and further development (for example via a Society Postgraduate Diploma) enables them to progress to Professional Membership (MCSFS).
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