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Monday, December 15, 2014

 

AFTE 2015 

A lot of information has been added to the AFTE 2015 webpages.  Abstract submission forms are now available for both the Technical Session as well as the Poster Session.  Click the logo on the right to check it out!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

 

**AFTE Members Only**

 

An updated version of the AFTE Glossary 6th Edition is now available online.  Click here to download the 6th Edition of the AFTE Glossary.
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

 

The 2015 open season dates for taking the online written examinations for AFTE Certification have been set.  They are as follows:

The application due date for each season is also listed, but remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.

Test Dates March 9-20, Application Due by COB Friday, February 20, 2015

Test Dates June 15-26, Application Due by COB Friday, June 5, 2015

Test Dates Aug 17-28, Application Due by COB Friday, August 7, 2015

Test Dates November 9-20, Application Due by COB Friday, October 30, 2015

 

Applications and information on the certification process can be found here.

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.


Monday, October 13, 2014

The AFTE Certification Committee has completed work on significant revisions to the certification and recertification policies.  The updated certification policy can be read here.  The updated recertification policy can be read here.  A summary of the changes to the updated policies can be read here (AFTE Forums - Membership Required to View).

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The SWGGUN ARK has been migrated to the AFTE website.  Link to the information can be found in the right-hand column or in the left-hand menu under Exam Resources.

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

The September 2014 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

On behalf of the nominating committee, I am requesting your input in our nominations for the upcoming year.  Our nominations will include candidates for the offices of Member-At-Large and Board of Admissions.  The responsibilities of these positions can be found in the AFTE Bylaws.

 

If you have recommendations for these offices, please email us and include the name of the person you are recommending for a particular office and supporting information as to why you believe this person would be a good candidate for the office.

 

We will be accepting nominations until October 25, 2014.

 

Thank you,

 

The Nominating Committee,

Kim Haag (Chair)

Jodi Marsanopoli

Laura Fleming

 

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2015 

Super Shuttle has offered 2015 AFTE seminar attendees a discounted rate of $15.00 per person/per direction for both airports. Discounts are valid if reservations are booked online - must use the code: FPY69

The discount is valid between May 20-June 3, 2015, to/from the Fairmont Hotel.

NOTE: There is a $2.00 reservation booking fee if the guest calls directly into reservations.


Thurs
day, August 7, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2017 

It has proven to be very useful for the host committees to have as much time as possible to plan for the meeting.  Therefore the BoD will be voting on the 2017 AFTE Training Seminar location during the mid-year BoD meeting in Dallas, TX the first week of November.  Anyone interested in hosting the 2017 AFTE Training Seminar should contact Travis Spinder for details and contact information for HelmsBriscoe.  HelmsBriscoe is a meeting procurement company that the BoD has chosen to assist the Host Committee with hotel procurement and contracts.

Travis Spinder
406-329-1127 work
406-370-5947 cell
Email Travis


Monday, August 4, 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.


Friday, July 4, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014 

At long last the photos from the 45th Annual AFTE Training Seminar have been posted.  Click here to see them!!

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014  **IMPORTANT**

The deadline has passed in order to get rooms at the Westin at the AFTE rate.  If you are required to get that rate, we have secured a few rooms at the Sheraton for $152+taxes (the prevailing gov rate). The Sheraton is three blocks from the Westin.  To block your rooms contact the Sheraton at 1 (888) 627-7056 and ask for the Association of Firearm Tool mark Examiners (AFTE) room block.

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014  **IMPORTANT**

There are still rooms left at the Westin for the $152/night except Thursday. If you are required to get that rate, we have secured a few rooms at the Sheraton for $152+taxes (the prevailing gov rate). The Sheraton is three blocks from the Westin.  To block your rooms contact the Sheraton at 1 (888)  627-7056 and ask for the Association of Firearm Tool mark Examiners (AFTE) room block.  If you rather stay at the Westin for Thursday there are still rooms available at the $189+taxes rate.  These can be booked by clicking here https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AFTE2

 

NFEA 2014-2015  **UPDATED**

The application period for admission to the 2014-2015 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.  It is important to note that in addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must also have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to mentor and continue training upon completion of the NFEA.

More information can be found here.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The March 2014 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

Shuttle Express is offering a discounted rate of $25 per person round trip aboard their Downtown Airporter if booked three weeks in advance of the conference (April 21st), after which the rate will increase to $31. Note that the retail rate on this service is $36. The Downtown Airporter services 8 major downtown hotels, including the Westin.

Click here to access your portal.  You can also receive a discount by calling 425.981.7000 and referring to the conference.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

 

NFEA 2014-2015

The application period for admission to the 2014-2015 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.  It is important to note that in addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must also have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to mentor and continue training upon completion of the NFEA.

For additional information please contact:

Sheila Hopkins
202-648-6061
sheila.hopkins@atf.gov

Jodi Marsanopoli
202-648-6116
Jodi.marsanopoli@atf.gov


Friday, March 7, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

Greetings AFTE Seattle attendees:

Our technical program is filling fast so please submit your abstract to us as soon as you can.   Priority will be given to practical applications and empirical testing of our science related to interesting cases. New activities (beer tour, etc) will also be available soon on the registration site, so remember to check it periodically for updates and new workshops.

Don’t forget about the Argosy dinner cruise around Puget Sound on Tuesday night. Spots are still open. 

The AFTE 2014 Facebook page is updated regularly with interesting facts and other stuff.  If you have any questions regarding activities, the hotel, or general concierge type things, email Carol at social.afte2014@gmail.com


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The main webpage for the AFTE Certification Program has been updated with important information.  All interested parties should read this before applying for certification.  It can be viewed here.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

We have added a Contemporary Issues in Firearms Identification Workshop on Sunday, May 11th.  Click here for more information.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

The Seattle Mariners will be playing the Kansas City Royals the week of AFTE 2014.  Click here for more information.

 

We have added a Sub-Class Workshop on Sunday, May 11th.  Click here for more information.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

The block of rooms reserved for AFTE is filling up fast at the Westin, and we would like to get a good idea of how many more rooms we need to add to the room block.  This will allow us to ensure that we can get all the rooms at the special group rate, and therefore save you some money.  Please visit the AFTE Forum and respond to the post/poll by Caleb Conn, so we can make certain that we book enough rooms for everyone. 

 

In addition, we are having a hard time processing American Express payments for registration.  From this point on we will only be accepting VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

 

**AFTE Members Only**

 

After thorough review and revision by the AFTE Standardization and Training Committee and review by the Board of Directors, the AFTE Glossary 6th Edition is now available online.  An additional update to include links for related terms within the document will follow at a future date.  Click here to download the 6th Edition of the AFTE Glossary.

 

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

The 2014 open season dates for taking the online written examinations for AFTE Certification have been set.  They are as follows:

The application due date for each season is also listed, but remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.

Test Dates March 10-21, Application Due by COB Friday, February 28, 2014

Test Dates June 2-13, Application Due by COB Friday, May 23, 2014

Test Dates Aug 11-22, Application Due by COB Friday, August 1, 2014

Test Dates November 10-21, Application Due by COB Friday, October 31, 2014

 

 

 

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