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Suggested Reading Materials

The following publications are the suggested reading materials for preparing for the Certification test. Answers to all questions appearing on the written portion of the test can be found in these books.

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The Fingerprint Sourcebook

The Fingerprint Sourcebook (U.S. Dept of Justice, National Institute of Justice)
by I.A.I, Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) et al Eric H. Holder, Laurie O. Robinson, John H. Laub

Product Details

  • PDF: 287 pages
  • Publisher: National Institute of Justice (March 2011)
  • Language: English
  • NCJ 225320

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Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology (Crc Series in Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) (Hardcover)
by David R. Ashbaugh (Author)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CRC (October 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849370078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849370076

Advances in Fingerprint Technology, Second Edition (Forensic and Police Science Series) (Hardcover)
by Henry C. Lee (Editor), R. E. Gaensslen (Editor)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: CRC; 2 edition (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849309239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849309236

Please note: This edition will be replaced by the Third Edition. As per the IAI Operations manual requirements, a period of 12 months' notice is required before this edition can be used for any future test questions, so be advised that notice is hereby given from this date, October 27th, 2015.