What does it take to become a member of SWGDOC?
Membership requirements for those involved in the discipline of forensic document examination include a combination of education, training, and experience.
Membership requirements for non-practitioners are as follows:
Applicant’s geographic location and moral character will also be considered.
Membership resides with the individual and not the individual’s agency or affiliation.
Continuing professional development totalling 20 hours per year post primary training should be documented up to five years prior to the application.
If you would like to be considered for SWGDOC membership, click on the application link and follow the instructions. Incomplete applications will be destroyed.
A completed application must include the following:
Upon review of an application the membership committee may request additional information and at least two (2) letters of recommendation.
SWGDOC is not accepting applications for membership at this time.
Membership does not constitute an endorsement by SWGDOC of any of its members or of the member's work product, opinions rendered, or skill as an expert witness. Membership only indicates that the individual met the minimum criteria required.
*Apprenticeship Style Training - A training situation where the apprentice works and studies on a full time basis under the tutelage and supervision of a senior practitioner who has at least five years full-time experience after completion of primary training. An apprentice works almost daily with the supervisory practitioner or other instructor in his/her laboratory/office. The apprentice may or may not be a salaried employee. The senior practitioner determines when (or if) the apprentice is sufficiently trained to begin working on his/her own and may or may not audit or review the apprentice's work for a period of time.
**Self employed examiners can write and submit their own letters. Please ensure all three points at the beginning of the application are addressed.