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           Questioned Document Examiners

Farrell C. Shiver is a Past-President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.  He previously served as the Vice President, Treasurer and as a Director of the organization.  For several years he was the Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.

The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) was formally organized in 1942 by Albert S. Osborn, who is considered the father of scientific examination of questioned documents, and fourteen other prominent document examiners. The roots of the organization extend back to a less formal network of document examiners started in 1913.

Today the organization has approximately 140 members from the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world.  The ASQDE annually hosts an educational meeting where the latest research in forensic document examination is presented.


Candidates for ASQDE Provisional and Corresponding Membership must meet a number of requirements which include:

  • must be actively engaged in the practice of forensic document examination; 

  • must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution;

  • must have two years of training as a forensic document examiner under a recognized practicing document examiner;

  • must have two years of post training experience;

  • must have the unanimous endorsement of the Membership and Credentials Committee;

  • must have submitted at least one acceptable technical paper to an annual meeting in the previous three years as a guest of the ASQDE.

In order to be elected to Regular Membership, a Provisional Member must meet a number of requirements which include:

  • a minimum of two years as a Provisional Member

  • passing written, practical, and oral examinations, or

  • for those members who has passed examinations comparable in scope and degree of difficulty (such as the testing for board certification  administered by the ABFDE), completing an approved research project in lieu of the testing requirement

In order to maintain membership, ASQDE Regular Members are required to meet rigorous requirements, which include:

  • attendance at annual meetings at least once every three years, and

  • requirements to contribute to the program of the annual meeting at least once every three years, which usually involves the presentation of a paper concerning some aspect of forensic document examination.

The ASQDE membership roles, past and present, include the most prominent forensic document examiners from around the world, including authors of leading texts in the field.






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