Debbie Benningfield, CLPE
Charles M. Richardson, CLPE
Have you been thinking about taking the International Association for Identification (IAI) Tenprint Certification Examination but are not sure if you are ready? Does you agency require you to be certified within a certain timeframe and that time is approaching? Or, do you wish to achieve the high personal goal of attaining official recognition by the world’s largest and oldest forensic organization as a Certified Tenprint Examiner? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is the course for you. After numerous requests and years of planning, this course has been developed and is now offered to you. This class will consist of an overview of the ACE-V Methodology, Searching Smart Techniques, Classification Systems and the History of Fingerprints. There will also be “timed drills” so that the student can learn how to work in a “timed” environment. These drills will assist each student in evaluating their strengths and weaknesses in the various areas of the friction ridge science which will be represented on the actual test. Also included in this course, are court topics to assist the student in meeting the courtroom training requirements needed prior to applying for the actual certification exam.
The training will culminate with the student taking a 5 hour practice examination. This test will be representative of the actual IAI certification test, and will be composed of written questions, Classification (Henry, NCIC, IAFIS) exam, comparison exam and the evaluation of ten print records for accuracy and quality.
After the practice examination has been scored and reviewed by the instructors, a general critique of the class results will be conducted and an evaluation of the student’s strengths and weaknesses will be provided in preparation for the actual test.