The Society is very focused on setting standards in the forensic sciences. What are our Objectives?
The University Accreditation scheme introduced in 2004 with the aim to improve the overall quality of Forensic Science HE provision and give prospective students, their parents, and further up the track, employers confidence in the quality and quantity of the forensic science content of the courses. The Society Accreditation Sub-Committee now has a very effective process for assessing forensic science courses to ensure that component standards, set by the Society in consultation with industry, are being met. The Committee is Chaired by Brian Rankin and administered by Katharine Mitchell. Courses that meet the standards receive accreditation with regular re-assessments taking place to ensure continuing compliance and monitor their commitment to ongoing growth, development and relevancy. Accreditation is designed specifically for full Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses with Forensic Science being the core element. I am involved in Forensic Science HE is accreditation for me?
The Society CPD/CPC Sub-Committee is currently investing heavily in the development of subject specific Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC). This work is led by the Society CEO Dr Anya Hunt in collaboration with Council Member Dr Claire Gwinnett. We also manage and monitor Society approved CPD courses and events and CPC schemes involving the testing of forensic practitioner’s competence with these schemes being tailored to the needs of individual forensic disciplines.
An exciting new development by the Standards Committee in collaboration with key individuals representing Police and Forensic employers is the development and management of a Pre-Employment Assessment of Competence (PEAC). This is a component standard available to qualified students of the forensic sciences and other relevant courses to provide additional assurance of their skills and reasoning competency to their prospective employer. This scheme has strong support from forensic science employers and provides them with additional confidence of a candidate seeking an employment interview.
For further information about the work of the Standards Committee please contact Katharine Mitchell.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
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