Footwear Examiner Certification

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Requirements and General Provisions

Qualifications, requirements and application procedures for certification are subject to revision by the Board. The latest official version is always available from the Secretary of the Footwear Certification Board.

General

  1. An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute and must possess a high ethical and professional standing.
  2. An applicant for certification must be primarily employed in the field of Forensic science whose duties include the examination of footwear impression evidence.

Educational and Experience Requirements

Educational Requirements are not applicable to recertification.

Training Requirements

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a training program in the examination of footwear evidence to include, but not limited to, terminology, manufacturing process for footwear, photography of track/mark evidence, enhancement, recovery and preservation of footwear evidence, comparative examinations, case note preparation and report writing, legal considerations and courtroom testimony.

Endorsements

All applicants for certification must submit two letters of endorsement.

  1. If the applicant is employed by a public law enforcement agency, one letter shall be from a superior within the applicant's department or agency and one shall be from a member of the Criminal Justice System who has used that person's services.
  2. If the applicant is in the private practice, one letter shall be from a former supervisor or professional colleague and one shall be from a member of the Criminal Justice System who has used that person's services.