Collaborative Testing Services - CTS

Collaborative Testing Services - CTS

Serving your evolving quality assurance needs with innovative proficiency testing.


CTS recognized this year by working hard and playing hard—our Sustainability Task Group organized participation in a local volunteer park cleanup, and we celebrated with co****le and herb and vegetable planting!

Check out our Instagram for more photos from our events!


We are still seeking candidates for our Forensics Program Coordinator position! For more information and an updated job posting, visit our employment page:


Our accredited digital evidence tests are designed to mimic in-depth, real-world casework and assess skill sets commonly employed by examiners. As our program continues to grow, we are seeking qualified candidates for a position coordinating our Digital & Multimedia Evidence testing!

To learn more and apply, visit our employment page.

Photos from Collaborative Testing Services - CTS's post 04/05/2024

Our rubber program provides consistent and reliable proficiency testing to laboratories around the world, with a history deeply rooted in industry engagement. Find out more and enroll for half-year 2024 testing on our website at the link in our bio!


Our on-site Crime Scene Processing test allows laboratories to assess multiple technicians and teams per day. We work with participants to create a test that meets their needs and schedule, and we're seeking a contractor to join our team as a Forensics Test Administrator!

To learn more and apply, visit our employment page.


At CTS, we aim to create and administer sustainable and meaningful testing schemes, and our staff plays a vital role in our mission. As our forensic programs evolve to meet the needs and capabilities of the our customers, we are seeking candidates for a position as a Latent Prints Proficiency Test Coordinator!

To learn more and apply, visit our employment page.


CTS is proud to be the first and still-largest forensics proficiency testing provider, but none of our success would be possible without our skilled, full-time technical staff—as we continue to grow and provide innovative testing to customers worldwide, we're seeking qualified candidates for a dual position as a Production Team Manager/Manager, Forensic Staff. To learn more and apply, visit our employment page.


We are extending the deadline to enroll in Test 5562: Computer Hard Drive - Windows and Removable Media Analysis until March 1st, 2024! Our ISO/IEC 17043:2010-accredited test is designed to mimic in-depth, real-world digital evidence casework and is available for credit card purchase—a great option for labs looking to find quality proficiency testing or a new provider on short notice.

Visit our website to learn more:


As a 100% employee-owned small business, we foster a growth-oriented culture where our staff are empowered by their colleagues and motivated by their direct contributions to our success—and we're seeking a candidate to join our team as a Forensics Program Coordinator. Visit our website below for more information on how to apply!


Happy New Year! We’re happy to add to the celebration of new beginnings with the announcement that our joint Facial Identification Proficiency Test (FIPT) with Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3) is now open for enrollment!

Read more about the test and enroll here:


CTS and Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3) are excited to announce a joint project to create and administer a Facial Identification Proficiency Test (FIPT). The test will open for enrollment on January 2, 2024.

Lora Sims of I-3 will bring her biometrics expertise to the test as the Technical Director of the joint program. CTS will build upon its legacy as the first and still-largest forensics proficiency testing provider to serve as the administrator of the test.

Read the official press release here:


We are back in the nation’s capital for the ISHI 2022 conference! Stop by the booth and see Cassie and Cathy to learn about all of our testing options for 2023!

Photos from Collaborative Testing Services - CTS's post 10/11/2022

We are pulling double duty this week! Lisa and Cathy are on location at the 21st AFQAM Annual Training Conference in Lake Tahoe, while Richie is at the FDIAI Annual Conference in Orlando with all the newest test offerings. Stop by and say hello!

Photos from Collaborative Testing Services - CTS's post 08/31/2022

What a wonderful opening reception at ISFG on Tuesday night! If you are attending the conference, please stop by booth #107 to say "Hi"


Are you at the International Association for Identification (IAI) conference this week in Omaha, Nebraska? Come learn about our newest test offerings at booth 418!


CTS’ newest anthropology test, S*x Estimation – Pelvic Morphology, is now available for 2022 testing! This test allows examiners to assess their ability in estimating s*x from high quality 3D scans of skeletal remains. Articulated and disarticulated remains included. *xestimation


Ready to seal the deal and get started with O-Ring testing? CTS is proud to announce the addition of O-Ring testing for tensile properties, hardness, density, and compression set! Enrollment for testing in the 3rd and 4th quarters is available NOW! Order through the CTS Portal or request a quote today! Deadline to enroll is June 10, 2022.


Do you have a degree in forensic science or are you working towards one with an interest in latent prints and footwear impressions? Collaborative Testing Services is currently looking for a Forensics Program Coordinator to take over our forensic pattern analysis disciplines! With a range of benefits and an opportunity to expand into other forensic disciplines, apply to join our team today!,-Inc.-1/jobs


You asked, we listened! Introducing "Probabilistic Genotyping", the first test series in our new "DNA - Advanced Technologies" offerings. Order your tests from our website today![]=[]=20


CTS is proud to announce the start of our H**p program! You can order your testing for the upcoming test year from our website:


It’s a privilege to continue assisting the forensic community any way we can. Come visit our booth at the Florida Division IAI training conference this week and find out more about our newest testing options.


We're in Pittsburgh! Come to our booth and say hello if you're at the 20th Annual Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM) Training Conference. We hope you enjoy tonight's Pittsburgh-themed tailgate event sponsored by CTS!

Photos from Collaborative Testing Services - CTS's post 10/11/2021

A fantastic day for ice cream and the CTS 8th Annual Co****le Tournament along with celebrating CTS’ 50th year in business! Congratulations to Zach and Richie for bringing home the trophy!


We’re enjoying our time so far at SOFT in Nashville, Tennessee. Come find us at Booth 605 to learn about our newest toxicology test, Blood Cannabinoids Analysis!


We are enjoying our second day here in Boston, MA at the American Society of Crime Lab Directors Symposium. Come stop by our booth and learn about our newest test offerings!


CTS is diversifying our Latent Print Processing test series to better accommodate your examiners! Tests are now available featuring only nonporous surfaces or varied surfaces for processing. This will better address the testing needs of those who process only on-scene or those who process in a lab setting.

Find out more information here:


Congratulations to our very own Kyle Kruger for co-authoring an article in the April edition of the TAPPI Journal: “Assessing variation in package modeling”


Need plastic or rubber testing for 2021? We’re still offering enrollment for testing in the 3rd and 4th quarters! Order now through the CTS Portal or request a quote today! Deadlines to enroll are as follows:
Plastics: May 15th, 2021
Rubber: June 10th, 2021


Being in business for 50 years, CTS has continually worked towards achieving the highest possible quality standards. Following international guidelines, CTS became accredited as a proficiency testing provider by ANAB to ISO/IEC 17043 in 2014, ensuring that our testing materials and procedures are of exceptional quality. Contact us today to learn more about our test offerings!


Need forensics testing? Enrollment for our 2nd half testing of 2021 is coming to a close on March 15th, so be sure to get your testing ordered!

Did you know that our Forensics program was started in 1978 with only 97 participating laboratories? Since then, we’ve welcomed more than 900 labs throughout the world into our various disciplines, and hope to add many more!

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