Footwear Certification FAQs

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  1. Do I have to be a member of the International Association for Identification to be certified?

    No, you do not have to be a member of the International Association for Identification to hold a certification.

  2. I have recently graduated from college and am interested in taking the certification test. Am I eligible?

    Under the Educational and Experience Requirements, an applicant must possess a Bachelor's Degree plus three years of experience as a Footwear Examiner OR; possess an Associate Degree plus five years of experience as a Footwear Examiner OR; possess a High School diploma or equivalent plus eight years of experience as a Footwear Examiner.

  3. How does the Certification Board define "Footwear Examiner" as it is listed in the Experience Requirement for Certification?

    An applicant for certification must be employed in the field of forensic science. The primary duties of an applicant must include the analysis, comparison and documentation of written opinions regarding footwear impression evidence in a laboratory type setting. The collection, preservation and documentation of footwear related evidence at a crime scene does not constitute experience as a footwear examiner as required by the IAI for Footwear Certification.

  4. Can my certification fee or recertification fee be paid by credit card?

    Yes. You have the ability to submit your credit card information on the application. Your credit card will be processed by the IAI Home Office.

  5. Am I required to conduct full time footwear examinations to meet the experience requirement or does my crime scene and/or latent print experience count?

    An applicant for certification must be employed in the field of forensic science. The primary duties of an applicant must include the analysis, comparison and documentation of written opinions regarding footwear impression evidence in a laboratory type setting. The collection, preservation and documentation of footwear related evidence at a crime scene does not constitute experience as a footwear examiner as required by the IAI for Footwear Certification.

  6. Do my letters of endorsement have to come from certified footwear examiners?

    The two letters of endorsement must be from individuals who have knowledge of your experience as it relates to the examination of footwear impression evidence.

  7. Once I apply for certification, what time frame do I have before the test is administered?

    Once your application is reviewed, approved and sent to proctor, the applicant has 90 days to take part in the examination.

  8. Can I take the test at the IAI Educational Conference?

    Yes, if your application is submitted early enough to go through the approval process and you meet all of the required qualifications. Keep in mind, only the written portion of the test (Part A) can be taken at the conference. The practical examination (Part B) is mailed to you upon successful completion of the written exam.

  9. If I failed the test once before, can I retake the test again?

    Yes. Anyone failing the written test (Part A) must wait 6 months from the date of failure to reapply. Anyone failing the practical test (Part B) must wait for 1 year to reapply.

  10. What if I'm not able to acquire the required number of credits for recertification?

    If you are not able to acquire the requisite number of credits, recertification will not be granted.

  11. What if I have incomplete notes or an erroneous ID on my practical test (Part B)?

    As stated in Footwear Certification Process, notes, observations, and all supporting data used to reach an opinion must be returned. Incomplete notes, erroneous inclusions or exclusions will result in the failure of Part B of the examination process.


Any further questions, please contact the Footwear Certification Board Secretary.