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To apply for CAC membership, choose the type of membership for which you would like to apply at the bottom of this page. For Associate Membership, an additional application fee will be applied to your payment. This fee includes processing costs, subscription to the CACNews, a membership pin, and a membership certificate.

Two letters of recommendation are required for Associate Membership. One letter of recommendation is required for Affiliate Membership. An online recommendation form is available here.  They must come from CAC Members (Associate, Corresponding, Full, Retired, or Life). Please have your references complete the form and submit it to the Membership Secretary ASAP.

The CAC membership will vote on approval of applicants for Associate Membership at the next biannual seminar (Spring or Autumn). Applications must be submitted two months prior to the next seminar in order to be considered for submission to the general membership for voting. Applications received after that will not be voted upon until the following seminar.

Affiliate membership applications will be voted upon by the Board at their next quarterly meeting. (The CAC membership is not required to vote upon applications for Affiliate membership).

Do not hesitate to contact the Membership Secretary if you have any questions regarding your application.

The CAC Bylaws contains a description of the different types of entry-level membership and how to qualify for each. You can and should reference the Bylaws before applying.

Affiliate Membership
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 shall be submitted by, and with the recommendation of, a Full, Associate, Life, Retired, or Corresponding Member of the Corporation.

Associate Membership
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.

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