There are five types of membership with voting privileges:
- Charter Member
- Regular Member
- Fellow of the ASCR
- Distinguished Member
- Emeritus Member
In addition, there are five types of membership in the Association without voting privileges:
- Provisional Member
- Student Member
- Supporting Member
- Honorary Member
- Technical Advisor
Qualifications for Membership
There are two types of qualification an applicant must meet to be accepted as a Regular Member:
A. Experience and Present Duties
Applicants must be currently actively engaged in the field of crime scene reconstruction or investigation and have at least three years of experience in this field. A substantial portion of an applicant’s work must include one or more of these duties:
Reconstruction of crime scenes; Investigation of crime scenes; Interpretation of physical evidence; Collection and/or analysis of physical and other forensic evidence; Training and/or consultation for scene reconstruction, scene investigation, or interpretation of physical evidence.
B. Recommendations From ACSR Voting Members
In addition to the above requirement, an applicant for Regular Membership must also submit:
Two letters of recommendation from current ACSR voting members in good standing who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications.
One letter of recommendation from an ACSR voting member in good standing who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and proof of active membership in an approved related organization. (Examples: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, International Association for Identification, etc.)
One endorsement from a current ACSR voting member in good standing who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and proof of current certification in Crime Scene Reconstruction through the International Association for Identification.
One endorsement from an ACSR voting member in good standing who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and a letter of recommendation from a state, federal, or other governmental law enforcement, forensic, or criminal justice agency (such as Chief of Police, District Attorney, Prosecutor, Attorney General, or Judge, attesting to the qualifications of the applicant.)
Other Membership Types & Qualifications
Applicants who are currently working in the field of crime scene reconstruction or investigation and meet all other membership requirements, have secured appropriate endorsements and/or recommendations but who do not have at least three years experience may, upon recommendation of the Membership committee, and with the approval of the Board of Directors, be accepted as a Provisional Member for a period not to exceed three years from date of acceptance.
After three years as a provisional member, he or she must reapply for membership as a Regular Member.
Provisional Members are not voting members.
Individuals, corporations, or other entities, which have an interest in furthering the purposes of this Association, may be accepted as Supporting Members. The dues for this category shall be three times the annual dues of the of Regular Membership category.
Supporting Members are not voting members.
If you would like to apply for membership, be sure you understand the requirements, then complete the application form.
Note: Applicant names and affiliation must be published in the ACSR Newsletter or posted on the Members-Only section of this website and then voted upon by the Board of Directors. The membership process usually takes several months; please be patient. If you need to know your status, contact the membership chairperson.