Membership Information


Become a Member of the IABPA


Eligibility Requirements



Eligibilty for Membership

In order to qualify for Provisional Membership in the IABPA, an applicant must have completed a bloodstain pattern analysis course provided by an instructor whose course content meets the recommended requirements established by the IABPA Education Committee.  

Proof of attendance is required and must be uploaded when submitting an online membership application.  For questions regarding eligibility, please contact the IABPA Membership Chair


If you were formerly an IABPA member or your membership has lapsed, you may submit this form to reinstate your membership:   Re-join Now

To apply for membership, please review the table below to determine the level of membership for which you qualify and follow the directions below the table. 


The deadline for submitting a new member application for the current year is AUGUST 1ST.
New member applications received after this date will be processed the following year.


For new members, there are two types of IABPA Membership for which new members may apply*.




*Provisional Member
Initial Membership
A Provisional Member applicant must have successfully completed a 40-hour basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course.  The course content must comply with the recommended IABPA Basic Course guidelines established by the IABPA Education Committee.   
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*Associate Member

Initial Membership
A member who has not completed a basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course but who is interested in receiving training and/or education, either to learn or develop skills to assist in the performance of their duties or for general interest.

 Full Members

A member who has held the position of Provisional Member for at least one year, and, has been recommended and endorsed - based upon training, work experience, professional reference or contributions in the field of study of bloodstain pattern analysis - by a current member in good standing with Full Member privileges.

 Distinguished Membership       
 (By Nomination Only)

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The Michael J. Taylor Distinguished Member Award is awarded to a Full Member in good standing who has rendered significant service to the science of BPA and/or the Association and has been nominated by his or her peers to receive the award.* 

*Distinguished Membership status is obtained by nomination by an IABPA Member in good standing with Full Member privileges.

IABPA Annual Membership Dues: $40.00 USD

Payment of Dues is required when submitting a new member application.  Upon approval of membership, dues for annual membership renewal are payable at the start of each new year.


How to apply for membership

  1. Applications for Membership are only accepted using the online New Member Registration.  Completing this online form will also register you as a new user of the IABPA website.  Member access is given after membership approval.

  2. Prior to initiating your membership application, please have the name and contact information of the course instructor and any required training certificates/documentation available for upload.
  3. An initial membership dues payment of $40USD is payable at the time the application is submitted.  Payment is accepted via secure online credit card payment or by check.  This fee is not refundable.  Annual membership dues are payable at the start of each new year.  Annual dues invoices are sent to members by email.

  4. To submit an application for membership, please follow click the "Join Now!" button located at the bottom of this page.



About the application process...

  • After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation by email.  The status of your membership will be shown as "Pending" until your application is reviewed, verified and receives final approval by the membership. You will receive no further notifications until your membership receives final approval.

  • If your application receives a recommendation for approval by the Membership Committee, you name will be placed on a list to be submitted to the IABPA member body for review and final approval. 

  • Final approval is granted by vote from the member body.  The vote to approve new members takes place at the Annual Business Meeting which is held each year at our Annual Conference.  

  • Upon approval by the membership, you will be contacted by email and issued a Member ID number and login credentials to access the Member Area of our website.  From there, you can start to enjoy all the benefits of IABPA membership.

*Please be advised that an application for Associate Membership or Provisional Membership may be denied at the discretion of the Membership Committee and the Executive Board with no reason given.  Such a denial is final and is not subject to appeal.

If you have any questions regarding membership, or encounter any problems with the online application, please contact the IABPA Membership Chair for assistance.


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