Who is ASCLD?

The Society is composed of crime laboratory directors, managers and supervisors from the United States and around the world. The membership consists of biologists, chemists, physicists, toxicologists, firearms examiners, latent print examiners, document examiners, digital examiners, crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers, who provide leadership in a crime laboratory, as well as educators and instructors in forensic science.

Why join?

Membership in ASCLD has numerous benefits including networking opportunities with leaders in the forensic space, information exchange between laboratory managers online or at the annual symposium, access to the member site which includes research and file sharing resources, and the latest news and updates in the industry via the weekly Crime Lab Minute newsletter and the annual Executive Education Digest.

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Regular Member

Regular membership is open to all individuals whose major duties include the management or direction within a crime laboratory, a branch crime laboratory, or a crime laboratory system. This includes technical leaders, program managers, supervisors, quality managers, and directors. Regular members are eligible to vote on association business and run for the board of directors.

Associate Member

Associate Membership in ASCLD is open to all individuals who are employed by a crime laboratory, a branch crime laboratory, or a crime laboratory system who have demonstrated interest in career development into a management role. This may be demonstrated through completion of the ASCLD Leadership Academy Level 1, a comparable 40-hour leadership course, or completion of multiple leadership courses totaling 40 hours of instruction. Refer to the Associate Membership application for a list of approved training courses. A detailed recommendation letter from the applicant’s Laboratory Director may also be obtained and count towards 10 hours of required coursework.

Retired Member

Retired membership is open to all individuals who have been regular members in good standing and who are no longer eligible for regular membership for reasons such as retirement, change in responsibilities, or promotion.

Academic Affiliate Member

Academic Affiliate Membership is open to all individuals who are Educators and/or Instructors of Forensic Science currently employed by an institution of Higher Learning or Public Law Enforcement Training Academy.