This class of membership denotes professional status and Professional Members are entitled to use post-nominal MCSFS.
Professional Membership is open to individuals who have been working in the field of forensic science or closely related fields for at least 3 years and hold relevant qualifications. This is the main category of membership that denotes professional status and, therefore, those who are successful in becoming Professional Members are entitled to use the post-nominal MCSFS to indicate professional membership of the Society. All applications for Professional membership, irrespective of the route taken are fully assessed by the Membership and Ethics Committee
If you are applying to the Society for the first time you should first join as an Affiliate and then apply to upgrade. This means you get instant membership and can take advantage of the Affiliate level benefits until your application is completed and assessed.
Professional Members have full voting rights, may serve on Society Council and are subject to the Society's Code of Conduct.
Applicants are expected to satisfy one or more of the following criteria with regards to operational experience:
For the current Professional Membership fee and the list of membership benefits, please consult the general Society membership page.
Applicants for Professional Membership should first apply to register as Affiliate members - the main advantage of this is that you get membership immediately so that you can get discounts on events and access the online publication suite from day one.
You are required to:
Please note there is a £25 non- refundable application fee.
Specific questions about membership can be directed to the Membership Administrator
Candidates who are unsuccessful in gaining Professional Membership will retain their Affiliate Membership of the Society (at the discretion of the Members and Ethics Committee), and where appropriate may be offered Associate membership until such times as they meet the criteria for Professional Member.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Copthall Bridge House, Station Bridge
Telephone +44 (0)1423 790 391