Footwear Certification Process
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- Complete application and submit on-line to the payment validation form and mail to the address on the payment validation form.
- Application is reviewed by the Certification Board for approval.
- Applicant will receive notification of the Board's approval or disapproval
of the application.
- Testing date and location will be provided to the applicant.
- A written test must be taken to complete the Part A requirement of the
examination. (80% is passing)
- The written test consists of 100 multiple choice questions including
but not limited to terminology, manufacturing processes for footwear,
photography of track/mark evidence, enhancement, recovery, and preservation
of footwear evidence.
- Two hours are allotted to complete the test.
- A candidate can prepare for the written test by reading:
Bodziak, W. J., “Footwear Impression Evidence
IAI Recommended Course of Study for Footwear and Tire Track Examiners
Published Standards by the Scientific Working Group for Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD)
- The test will be offered at all IAI Educational Conferences.
- The test may be offered at other sites.
- Upon successful completion of the written test, the applicant will be
provided Part B of the examination (practical problems).
- The practical problems consist of the evaluation and comparison of
a minimum of three (3) separate cases with no erroneous inclusions
or exclusions. Notes, observations, and all supporting data used to
reach an opinion must be returned with the test materials.
- The practical problems will be sent to the applicant’s address
- The problems must be completed and returned to the Footwear Certification
Board within 60 days of the postmark.
- Incomplete notes and improper conclusions will result in the failure
of Part B.
- Successful completion of Part A and Part B of the examination will result
in the issuance of a certificate, in December of the current year, declaring
the candidate a “Certified Footwear Examiner”. This certificate
is good for five years.
- Requirements for re-certification can
be found on the IAI website.