Tenprint Fingerprint Certification Requirements

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Certification Requirements
Effective until August 15, 2017

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Section 1. REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION

  1. General Qualifications

    1. An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute, and possess a high ethical and professional standing.
    2. An applicant must sign in the appropriate places on the IAI application for certification form indicating that they have read, understand and are bound by the IAI Code of Ethics and Standards for Professional Conduct.
    3. An applicant must be prepared to take the exam within 90 days upon approval of their application.

  2. Technical Requirements

    1. An applicant for certification must have acquired a minimum of Eighty (80) hours of board approved continuing education training in Tenprint related subject matter, to include a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of Board-approved training in courtroom testimony.

  3. Basic Experience Requirements

    1. An applicant for certification must have a minimum of two (2) years full-time experience in the examination of tenprints and other tenprint-related matters.
    2. If less than full-time experience for given time period is possessed, time must be accumulated to reach an acceptable minimum.

  4. Educational Requirements

    1. Two options exist for an applicant to meet educational requirements for certification: Minimum of an Associate's Degree or documentation of sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours of college credit.

      OR
    2. Experience can be substituted for the two-year college degree requirement at a rate of one (1) year full-time experience as a tenprint examiner for one (1) year of college plus the basic experience as a full-time tenprint examiner.

  5. Endorsements

    1. An applicant for certification must submit two letters of endorsements:
      • If the applicant is employed by a public law enforcement agency, one letter shall be from a superior within the applicant's department or agency. The second letter shall be from an individual in the field of fingerprints who is a member of an IAI state or regional division and/or the parent body.
      • If the applicant is in private practice, both letters shall be from employees of governmental agencies within the Criminal Justice System, provided that one of the two shall be from the field of fingerprints and is a member of an IAI state or regional division and/or parent body.
      • If the applicant is using the experience substitution to meet the educational requirements, letters of endorsement shall include information concerning the number of years of full-time experience the applicant possesses.

Section 2 EXAMINATIONS

The applicant shall have 5 hours to complete parts I, II & III of the test. The test comprises the following:

  1. Comparisons
  2. An applicant shall be required to correctly identify a minimum of sixteen (16) of the single tenprint impressions with no erroneous identifications. Results are graded as Pass/Fail.

  3. Written Examination
  4. The written portion of the exam will consist of 100 questions. Questions shall be in the form of multiple choice and true/false. The question portion covers the permanence/ uniqueness of fingerprints, history of fingerprints, pattern interpretation, classification, AFIS, Livescan, and ridgeology. Applicants must score 80% to pass this portion of the test. Results are graded as Pass/Fail.

    Recommended reading material includes: The Science of Fingerprints, U.S. Justice Department (chapters 1-4, 8-10), Quantitative - Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis, David R. Ashbaugh (chapters 1-4), and The Fingerprint Sourcebook, US Department of Justice (chapters 1-6, 9, and 13)

  5. Technical Examination
  6. The technical examination is intended to ensure that the applicant fully understands and can demonstrate ability to obtain and evaluate tenprint records for accuracy and quality.

    • An applicant shall be required to complete a Fingerprint Pattern Recognition and Interpretation Exam, of one hundred (100) single impressions by pattern type and include any ridge count and/or whorl tracing. Applicants must score at least 90% to pass this portion of the test.
    • At the time of test date, the applicant must submit a tenprint record that they personally recorded within the prior ninety (90) days. The applicant's name and the date the prints were rolled must be recorded on the tenprint card.

Section 3 PASS/FAIL REQUIREMENTS

  1. An applicant for certification who does not complete or who fails the test must wait six (6) months from the test date before reapplying.
  2. An applicant that has previously passes a portion of the exam but fails to reapply within one year will be required to retake all portions of the exam.
  3. An applicant for certification who reapplies must submit a new application with all attachments, as well as any fee that may be in effect at that time.
  4. An applicant for certification who does not complete or who fails any part of the test must retake the complete section of the exam which was incomplete or failed, unless an erroneous identification was made. In the case of an erroneous identification, the entire test must be retaken.

Section 4 RECERTIFICATION

  1. All applicants for recertification must accumulate 80 Continuing Education/Professional Development Credits since initial certification or recertification.
  2. All Certified Tenprint examiners must reapply for certification prior to their (5) five year expiration date. Failure to reapply prior to the expiration date will disqualify the applicant from taking the recertification exam and they will be required to take the full certification exam.
  3. The recertification exam will consist of:
    1. An applicant shall be required to complete a Fingerprint Pattern Recognition and Interpretation Exam, of one hundred (100) single impressions by pattern type and include any ridge count and/or whorl tracing. Applicants must score at least 90% to pass this portion of the test.
    2. An applicant shall be required to correctly identify a minimum of sixteen (16) of the single tenprint impressions with no erroneous identifications. Results are graded as Pass/Fail.
  4. Applicants that fail the recertification exam will be required to retake the entire exam after 6 months.
  5. The applicant has 30 days to complete the recertification exam, failure to return the test within 30 days will result in a recertification failure and the applicant will be required to retake the full certification exam after a 6 months.