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SAAFS Membership

Please read through the following before applying to join SAAFS.

Please note that you will need a duly completed Proof of Qualifications and Experience Form before applying to join SAAFS.

 

  • Membership to SAAFS is voluntary and non-discriminatory.
  • All citizens of South Africa and non-citizens may apply for membership.
  • ALL members of SAAFS must agree to abide by its Memorandum of Incorporation and Code of Conduct.
  • All members must also agree to the annual membership fee specific for their membership category.
  • Only Full members of SAAFS have voting rights.

Please have the following documents ready when applying to SAAFS;

  • Certified copy of your identity document (or passport if you are not a South African citizen) in PDF or GIF format.
  • Certified copies of all your qualifications in ONE (1) PDF document (FULL and ASSOCIATE member applications ONLY).
  • Certified copy of current registration at your professional body in PDF format (if applicable ONLY).
  • Certified copy of your current university / tertiary institution registration in a PDF document (STUDENT membership applications ONLY).
  • Completed and signed Proof of Qualifications and Experience Form available from the SAAFS website saafs.org.za (FULL and ASSOCIATE member applications ONLY).

Please note that the application process is automatic. If you need to contact a SAAFS director for more information, you may do at info@saafs.org.za 

Membership Categories and Criteria

You can apply to one of four (4) different membership categories in SAAFS, according to your experience and qualifications. The categories of membership are classified according to the member’s experience and qualifications in a recognized forensic science field. To become a member of SAAFS, you have to fulfill the criteria for the membership category you are applying for.

SAAFS uses a weighted, points-based system, of specific criteria to determine if applicants have sufficient qualifications and experience for the membership category they are applying for.

There are four experience-specific, and two qualification-specific criteria.

The above criteria are used in a weighted, points-based system to determine if you have adequate experience and qualifications to apply for Full membership.

You can use the following Weighted Points-based Assessment table to self-assess your eligibility for FULL membership to SAAFS.

When you apply to SAAFS, you must also register in one or more of the recognized forensic science fields. You can apply to one or more forensic science fields according to your experience and qualifications in a recognized forensic science field.

Membership Rules

5lease have the following documents ready when applying to SAAFS;

Certified copy of your identity document (or passport if you are not a South African citizen) in PDF or GIF format.

Certified copies of all your qualifications in ONE (1) PDF document (FULL and ASSOCIATE member applications ONLY).

Certified copy of current registration at your professional body in PDF format (if applicable ONLY).

Certified copy of your current university / tertiary institution registration in a PDF document (STUDENT membership applications ONLY).

Completed and signed Proof of Qualification and Experience Form available from the SAAFS website saafs.org.za (FULL and ASSOCIATE member applications ONLY).

Please note that the application process is automatic. If you need to contact a SAAFS director for more information, you may do at info@saafs.org.za 

Membership fees;

Membership fees are determined by the Board of Directors and are payable on application and renewal of your membership on or before the 28th of February of each year. All membership fees are payable in ZAR only.

The fees payable for 2024-25 membership year:

  • FULL Membership R650.00
  • ASSOCIATE Membership R400.00
  • STUDENT Membership Free
  • Affiliate Membership R200.00

 

Disclaimers;

  • Please be aware that SAAFS will save your information in a member’s register as required by Section 24(4) of the Companies Act (71 of 2008).
  • Your personal information will be stored in a secure database and will not be used for any other purpose than that contemplated in the Companies Act.
  • If you have any questions regarding how SAAFS will use or store your personal information, please contact SAAFS prior to providing your personal information to SAAFS. info@saafs.org.za

Please note that you will not be able to join SAAFS if;

  • You have a criminal conviction; or
  • Your estate is in final sequestration; or
  • You have been placed under curatorship; or
  • You have been previously expelled from SAAFS due to a contravention of its MOI, or Code of Conduct.

In order to be member of SAAFS you must;

  • Successfully complete the membership application,
  • Fulfill the qualification and experience requirements set for the specific membership category you are applying for,
  • Agree to abide by the MOI, Code of Conduct, and rules of SAAFS,
  • Agree to the annual membership fee specific for your membership category.