Training Opportunities

AFQAM Annual Training Conference

AFQAM’s premier training event is our annual training conference.  This event is usually held in September or October of each year in various locations throughout North America.  This conference will give you exposure to people and presentations directly related to your everyday activities. Conferences include general sessions, discussions, member presentations and professional training breakout sessions. Examples of topics covered include auditing, audit databases, and accreditation, as well as real life experiences of other QA Managers. Attendance may also assist you in meeting the continuing education requirements of your organization.

Cost for the conference is generally very reasonable. The conferences are held in the fall when many organizations have money available for travel. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of attending an annual training conference is the opportunity to network and develop working relationships with peers in the field of quality assurance management and the forensic sciences.

Past AFQAM annual training conferences have enjoyed the support of the NFSTC in cooperation with the NIJ, FBI, and MFRC. Vendor participation and support allows for exposure to current products and services relevant to quality assurance and forensic laboratories.

Future Conference Locations:

  • 2018: Providence, RI @ the Hilton Providence
  • 2019: Lexington, KY @ the Hyatt Regency Lexington (rooms $159/night, some available at prevailing government rate)
  • 2020 and beyond: We are currently accepting proposals from membership to host our conference in your city!

External Training Events

Select the desired link to access more information. Decisions for inclusion on this page are made by the AFQAM Board of Directors.  AFQAM provides training opportunity information, but does not specifically endorse any of the training opportunities listed below.

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB)
offers many training courses on various accreditation topics and preparation.

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, public service, membership society. A2LA also offers programs for the accreditation of testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, medical testing laboratories, reference material producers and product certification bodies.

Exemplar Global

We are one of the largest personnel certification bodies in the world. We are also a subsidiary of the American Society for Quality and a corporate affiliate of ANAB and FQS.  Our certifications include the major ISO Auditor schemes such as quality management, environmental management, food safety, occupational health, and Laboratory Assessor.  Our Laboratory Assessor program is based on ISO/IEC 17025 and has three grades of certification: Associate Assessor, Assessor, and Lead Assessor.  We also certify ISO related training programs.

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FFCoE)

Leadership Series

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Award 2016-MU-DX-K110) and in partnership with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, is therefore proud to provide these leadership modules to introduce leadership concepts to the forensic scientist.  Highly functioning leaders are essential to operational excellence, process and analytical reliability, workforce competency, efficiency, implementation of technologies and best practices, and overall quality in the laboratory.