Forensic Science Certificates
Professional certification is usually advantageous for most employees within the field of forensic science. In most cases, this sort of certification is largely voluntary, and is merely a means of indicating one’s professional competency and commitment to taking this job seriously. However, there may be certain instances in which employers prefer to select candidates who have been professionally certified. Also, in fairly rare instances, some employers may mandate that their employees obtain some form of professional certification.
However, the advantages for earning these credentials don’t stop there, for those prudent enough to choose to do so. Often, these certificates are offered by professional organizations that are great resources for professionals within this field. If candidates choose to earn one of their credentials and join the organization, they will have a whole host of resources available to them from education to networking. It is possible that certified members of these organization will be able to learn about job openings before others who aren’t part of them, and they will also be able to be in touch with a wide body of professionals within their field that can add their experience and expertise to a particular candidate's application.
Moreover, earning professional credentials may enable candidates to be eligible for tangible professional benefits such as increased salaries, health plans, or vacation time. What’s really great about certification for forensic science professionals is that, unlike some professions, there are a number of professional agencies—on a nationwide or even international basis—that they can choose to earn certification from. The one that will be best for a particular professional will have to do with his or her particular area of interest within this field and the type of designations that these agencies offer. One of the professional organizations that offers a fairly comprehensive set of professional certifications is the American College of Forensic Examiners. Most certifications certify candidates to have obtained a certain level of formal education, an allotted number of years of professional experience, and also the the option to sit for and pass an examination. Also, certification often requires continuing education at regular intervals. Fees are often required for candidates to sit for these periodic examinations, and may also be required on an annual basis to become part of the professional organization. Other agencies that offer certification for this profession include the American Board of Criminalistics, and the International Association for Identification, which offers certification for this profession on a global level.