Certification Reimbursement

The NEAFS Board of Directors has voted to reimburse the American Board of Criminalistics and International Association for Identification exam sitting fees for five NEAFS members (regular or associate) in good standing who pass the ABC or IAI exam. This offer is for any exam completed during this calendar year.


After passing the examination, please fill out the Certification Reimbursement Form and submit along  with proof of payment for registration fees and provide proof of passing the examination. The reimbursement is based on a first come first served basis. Remember you must pass the ABC or IAI exam to be considered for reimbursement.

If you prefer not to fill out the form below, an electronic version can be downloaded by clicking below.

Certification Reimbursement Form


The American Board of Criminalistics


The Forensic Science community has an obligation to: establish professional levels of knowledge, skills and abilities; define a mechanism for achieving these levels; recognize those who have demonstrated attainment of these levels; and promote growth within the profession.​  


The American Board of Criminalistics or the ABC is composed of regional and national organizations which represent forensic scientists.  The ABC is a way for the Forensic Science community to meet these obligations.  


Certification is a voluntary process of peer review by which a practitioner is recognized as having attained the professional qualifications necessary to practice in one or more disciplines of criminalistics. The ABC offers a certificate in comprehensive criminalistics, as well as in the specialty disciplines of molecular biology, drug chemistry, fire debris analysis, trace evidence - hairs and fibers, and trace evidence - paints and polymers.

For more information about certification visit http://www.criminalistics.com/.  For recent news about the ABC please read the current ABC Newsletter.




Starting at the 2020 AAFS Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the ABC will begin the process of field testing two new Certification Exams: the Biological Evidence Screening Exam and the Forensic DNA Exam.

If you are interested in sitting for one or both of these field test certification exams at the AAFS meeting, please complete and submit an application by US Mail to the ABC Registrar.  Applications for the AAFS sitting (February 19, 2020 in Anaheim, California) must be received by January 15, 2020. The $250 sitting fee is waived for participation in the field tests. Once other testing sites and dates are identified, the ABC website will be updated with new application deadlines. Generally, the application deadline will be approximately 30 days prior to the date of the sitting.

For more details and qualifications/experience requirements please download the ABC document here.

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