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Latest News from the IAI Latent Print Certification Board
Check out all the latest news about the Latent Print Certification Program and the Certification Board here. As new updates are received, they will be posted for your information.
Changes to the Certification Test
- A new written test was released on April 1, 2016. The previous test's true/false questions have been removed and all questions on the new test are now multiple choice. As this is an updated test, you are encouraged to take advantage of the recommended study material as listed on the Suggested Reading page.
- The number of hours of required training for new applicants will increase on April 1, 2017 from the current 80 hours to 160 hours. Educational and basic experience requirements will remain the same.
- Part IV of the certification test (Case for Review) including the moot court will be discontinued on April 1, 2017. In its place, there will be a new pre-certification requirement of completion of an approved or accredited Courtroom Testimony course (minimum 16 hours of training). In addition, a moot court will need to be completed, either internally or externally, covering all criteria as outlined in the Operations Manual / Attachment III, along with a supporting letter from a supervisor attesting to the fact that the candidate has successfully completed the moot court and has been deemed to be competent to give courtroom testimony.
- The cost of all certifications is $300 (IAI members) and $400 (non IAI members) effective January 1, 2017.
New Recertification Test
- A new Recertification test was released on April 1, 2016 and replaces the old one. The new test comprises of:
- Ten (10) latent prints
- Five (5) exemplars
- All latent prints must have a correct conclusion (Note: none have been deemed inconclusive)
- Applicants have 30 days to return the test. It is strongly recommended that you return it with a tracking number as this may be requested if your test has not been received by the LPCB secretary by the deadline.
- Tests received after the deadline will put your certification into EXPIRED status.
IMPORTANT: You need to ensure your personal profile on eCert is up-to-date and is kept up-to-date to avoid a lapse in your certification. You must provide a current personal email address in your profile. Recert renewal notifications are only made by email and lack of receipt of a notification will NOT qualify for an exemption on late renewals.
If you are having technical or login issues with eCert, please direct all enquiries in a timely manner to Mary Ballen at the IAI home office (954-589-0628).
Courses Accepted for Credit Towards Certification and Recertification
- All courses accepted for credit for either a new certification or recertification application must be submitted to the LPCB for review. All courses must contain topics related to the latent print discipline. Examples of those courses NOT accepted are also listed.
- If you are a course instructor and you wish to have your course added to our list, you must provide a syllabus and/or course outline to the LPCB secretary.
- On-screen testing was provided to those taking the test at the recent conference and was well received. The next phase involves providing this ability at future Divisional conferences/seminars. If successful, the board will seek approval for proctors to administer the digital element of the test locally. Note: This will be an additional option to the hard copy latents that will continue to be provided to the test taker.
Forensic Certification Management Board
- At the 2016 I.A.I Conference in Cincinnati, a resolution was passed to approve the creation of the Forensic Certification Management Board (FCMB) which will replace the current PPQAG Board. This new board would be tasked with managing all the certification programs. Each certification board will remain responsible for their own individual certification programs but decisions affecting the administration of the certification program will be the responsibility of the new FSMB which will report to the new Director position instead of the I.A.I. Board of Directors.
Your 2016-2017 Latent Certification Board Members: Stephanie HOWARD, Chair, Anne STEINMETZ, Secretary, Matt SCHWARZ, Shannon PRINCE, Tim FAYLE, Kelly COUNTS and Jamie BUSH.
Our sincere thanks to Anthony Clay for his service to the Board over the past six years.
Note: The process for future board appointments is being revised to ensure compliance with 17024 Accreditation. These changes will be part of the new Operations Manual and will become effective in 2017.
There will be opportunities for election to the board next year for those of you who may be interested in applying.
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please forward these to the LPCB Secretary: