Forensic Video Certification Requirements
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Applicant Requirements to take the test:
- An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high
integrity, good repute, and must possess a high ethical and professional
- All applicants must submit two letters of endorsement from individuals
other than themselves, one of which must be from an individual actively
working in the area of forensic video. One letter must be from a current
IAI member. These should be addressed to the Forensic Video Certification Board.
- Technical Training Required:
Minimum of 120 hours of instruction in fields of study related to forensic
video is required. The course hours must have some type of certificate
of completion. Courses without certificates offered to meet the aforementioned
training requirements will be evaluated by the Board.
A minimum of three (3) years of current practice within the discipline
of Forensic Video, including the required 120 hours of training, must be
- Dates of training course must be provided.
- Documentation required for time in discipline may be provided in
the following manner:
- Transcripts of testimony (electronic copies only)
- Articles published (electronic copies only)
- Instructional activities (documented)
- Other means of establishing time in discipline (to be approved
by the board)
- Documentation provided will be approved by review and at the discretion
of the board.
- Education Requirements:
- A Bachelor’s Degree plus three (3) years full-time experience
as prescribed by the video certification board.
- An Associate Degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or 90
quarter hours of college credits) plus four (4) years full-time experience
as a prescribed by the video certification board.
- Five (5) years full-time experience as prescribed by the video certification
- Experience Required:
An applicant for certification must be primarily employed in the field
of Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) for a minimum of three (3) years.
Their duties must include forensic video.
A significant portion of an applicant's daily work should involve forensic
video. This must include the performance of examinations, but may also
include testifying, training/instruction, and research. Other duties may
also be considered provided that documentation is submitted at the time
The Certification Board will evaluate the applicant's experience and determine
whether this requirement is met. The Board may ask for clarification or
additional information in order to make a determination.
In the event that an applicantion is denied, a written explanation of the
reasons for the denial will be provided, along with instructions should the
applicant wish to appeal.
Non-refundable application fee must accompany any application.
- General Provision Concerning Certification
- The right to deny certification is reserved by the Forensic Video
- Applicants who are denied certification by the Forensic Video Certification
Board may appeal such action in writing to the IAI Board of Directors
within sixty (60) days of such notification.
- The certificate issued by the IAI is non-transferable. They remain
the property of the IAI. However, every person to whom a certificate
has been issued shall be entitled to its continued possession unless,
or until, such certificate is revoked.
- Certificates are issued for a period of five (5) years, subject to
renewal upon application by a member. Such application for renewal
shall be subjected to standards in effect at the time of the request
for renewal and payment of the established fee.
- Membership in the IAI, or any of its state or regional divisions,
is not mandatory for certification.
- Certificates may be suspended or revoked by the Forensic Video Certification
Board for any of the following reasons:
- Violation of the IAI, or Forensic Video Certification Board code
- A misstatement, misrepresentation, concealment, or omission of
a material fact or facts in an application or any other communication
related to certification.
- Conviction of a holder of an IAI certification, or holder of
an IAI certification, by a court of competent jurisdiction of a
felony, or any crime involving moral turpitude.
- Issuance of a certificate contrary to, or in violation of, any
of the laws, standards, rules, or regulations, of the IAI: or determination
that the person certified was not, in fact, eligible to receive
such certificate at the time of its issuance.
- Unethical conduct, or other conduct, by a holder of a certificate
that brings the specialty of Forensic Video into dispute.