Study Guide

Study Guide


The ABFDE Study Guide is intended to be used in conjunction with a formal training program as outlined in the current version of ASTM E-2388. Applicants for ABFDE Certification will be considered based on the criteria established in Qualifications and Requirements for Certification in Forensic Document Examination.

This Study Guide is comprised of two elements:

Objectives for Training


ABFDE Syllabus

The Objectives for Training outlines areas of study and the basic knowledge required in each area. The Syllabus is divided into these corresponding areas and lists recommended reading for each area. Test questions are derived from these texts and articles.


*Please note that this Study Guide is currently being updated to reflect current practice based on the 2011 American College Testing International (ACT) survey conducted at the request of ABFDE.