There are two types of entry-level membership: one for employed criminalists and one for students or graduates that are actively pursuing a career in forensic science. You can and should reference the Bylaws before applying. But here is a summary of the two membership types:
All persons elected to membership other than as Affiliate Member, shall be classified as Associate Members for not less than one year. An Associate Member may be proposed for a class of Full Member after one year. Before an application for Associate Membership will be evaluated, two recommendations must be received by Full, Associate, Retired, or Life members of the CAC.
Any college-level student, intern, laboratory technician, or volunteer employed in a forensic science laboratory pursuing a course of study or a career in a forensic science. Any application for Affiliate Membership must be submitted with the recommendation of a Full, Associate, Retired, or Life member of the Association.