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Information and Process
Applications for certification are completed by clicking the Online Certification button on the Forensic Photography & Imaging home page. You do not have to be a member of the IAI to apply for certification.
After completing the online certification, you will need to submit the required fee. The fee for certification is non-refundable, so applicants should first be sure the stated qualifications and requirements for certification can be met. Please carefully review those requirements at this link.
Applicants will first be required to pass a background check, which will include reviewing letters of reference, verification of employment, and verification of other relevant information on the application. Once this information has been verified and approved, the testing process will begin.
The first step in the testing process is a written exam, which must be administered by a proctor that is approved by the board. After successfully passing the written exam, applicants are provided with an extensive practical exam that must be completed within 45 days.
The practical exam will require the applicant to demonstrate proficiency in the photography of crime scenes, latent fingerprints, footwear impressions, injury/assaults, night-time scenes, evidence, vehicle scenes, 1:1 image sizing, and a choice of 3 out of 7 additional photography specialties.
Qualifications, requirements and application procedures for certification are subject to revision by the Board. The recommended texts for the written examination are subject to change by the board every three (3) years. The most current list of publications can be found at the end of the requirements page.
Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the secretary of the Forensic Photography & Imaging Board at the link on the bottom of the home page.