The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) has expanded the certification program by adding the Technical Specialist series of certificates. Technical Specialist Certification is completely separate from the Diplomate/Fellow certification program. There is no movement between the two programs.
Initial offerings are for Technical Specialist – Drug Analysis and Technical Specialist – Molecular Biology. These certificates are for analysts whose activities are restricted to the analysis of controlled substances, or the analysis of biological material via DNA characterization.
The new Technical Specialist examinations were developed by the Specialty Examination Management Committees, which are composed of Regional Peer Group Chairpersons and members of the ABC Examinations Committee. The new examinations focus on the processes associated with the specialties of drug analysis and molecular biology, and include pertinent questions related to the processing of evidence items. The latter consists of questions dealing with the recognition and preservation of evidence, laboratory safety, legal issues, QA/QC, report writing, forensic literature, critical thinking, and the ABC Code of Professional Conduct.
The examination for Technical Specialist - Forensic Molecular Biology is based on KSA's that are relevant to forensic molecular biology taken from the General Knowledge Examination KSA's and the KSA's from the Forensic Biology Core and Molecular Biology modules of the Forensic Biology Fellow examination.
The examination for the Technical Specialist - Drug Analysis is based on KSA's that are relevant to drug analysis taken from the General Knowledge Examination, and the KSA's for the Drug Analysis Fellow examination.