RTI International (RTI) has established a Forensic Manager Certification Program (FMCP) in collaboration with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), whose mission is to develop the next generation of leaders that reflect the highest standards for practice, management, and science within crime laboratories. The FMCP establishes a national standard for professional development of crime laboratory leaders and creates positive change within the criminal justice system by instilling a culture of excellence and collaboration in the production of accurate, scientific, forensic results. The FMCP is a program of RTI’s National Forensic Science Academy (NFSA), an endeavor by RTI to provide the Forensic Science community with a primary location for professional certifications for a wide range of job roles, organization levels, and disciplines.
The FMCP consists of three levels of certification of Certified Forensic Manager (CFM):
- Certified Forensic Manager I (supervisors)
- Certified Forensic Manager II (managers)
- Certified Forensic Manager III (executive/directors)
Each certification level’s content builds on the concepts of the certification preceding it, creating a progressive certification level system where each certification level should be taken in order from CFM-I to CFM-III, regardless of actual job position or title.
All those who have the pre-requisites for examination, and have passed the examination itself, will be Certified Forensic Managers.
The FMCP is governed by an Advisory Council that represents the full range of interests in the forensic science community, in addition to independent experts in leadership and educational assessment. The FMCP By-Laws govern all aspects of FMCP governance, including the adoption of new certification programs and review procedures.