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  2011 Certification Tests

The AFTE Certification Program Committee announces that written tests in Firearms Identification, Toolmark Identification, and GSR Analysis will be offered on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the AFTE 2011 Training Conference. 


Test Time
Firearm Identification 7am-10am
Tool Mark Identification 11am-2pm
GSR Analysis 3pm-6pm


Refer to the AFTE Certification pages carefully for application information.


Applications to take the tests are available on the website (click here). 


The due date for receipt of the applications is Friday, April 29, 2011.

Due to the construction of the test materials, no late applicants or drop-ins will be considered.

Please mail application forms and fees to:

Robert M. Thompson
Program Manager: Forensic Data Systems
Office of Law Enforcement Standards
National Institute of Standards & Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8102
Gaithersburg, MD 20899



For all certified members and those considering certification:

Please remember that you are required to take a proficiency test annually for each area you are certified. For firearms and toolmarks the CTS exams are readily available; however, there is no commercially available GSR exam. Therefore, in-house tests are acceptable as well external exams from another laboratory. For those who do not use CTS as their provider, you may use in-house or external exams for firearms and toolmarks as well. Please use the forms provided on this website to document your exams.

Please remember your certification status is good for a period of five years provided you remain a member in good standing. You must apply for recertification approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of your certificate to avoid losing your certified status. Please see the link below on recertification.


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