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The Latent Print Certification program was designed in 1977 to certify individuals who are currently working the in the field of latent prints. The requirements stipulate an examiner to have at least two years experience in latent print matters.
1) I have recently obtained my college degree and I am interested in taking the certification test. Am I eligible?
The current fee for applying is $300.00 for IAI members ($400.00 for non-members), and must accompany the application. The same fee of $300.00 for IAI members ($400.00 for non-members), applies to recertification and takes place every five (5) years. All fees are non-refundable.
2) What is the cost for applying for certification and how often do I need to re-certify?
Yes it can. The number simply needs to be provided with the application and the fee will be processed by the IAI’s main office and not by the specific certifying body.
3) Can my certification fee or recertification fee be paid by credit card?
Each situation will depend on its own merits. You can contact the LPCB Secretary for clarification to discuss further. However, for the benefit of the comparison part of the test, it is strongly recommended that you are conducting latent print comparisons on a regular basis. This is the best preparation you can give yourself.
4) Do you have to do latent print examination as your full time job to meet the experience requirement? Does any of your crime scene or ten print work count?
No. The Certification Operations Program Manual states that a letter of endorsement can come from the applicant’s Supervisor or a person certified at an equal or higher level and/or from two professional peers.
5) Does a letter of endorsement have to come from another certified latent print examiner?
Much of the time frame depends on how soon the state committees review and approve for the applicant to take the test. This typically varies among state committees. In addition, the name of the applicant will need to be published in the JFI’s newsletter Identification News before an applicant becomes certified. (The Operations Manual states an applicant can go ahead and test but cannot be awarded certification until their name is published.)
6) Once I apply for certification, how long does it take before I take the test?
All professional licensing tests are "timed" tests. Because our tests are proctored, we have to set a "time limit" because it would be difficult to find proctors if they had no idea of how long someone would be taking the exam.
7) Why is the test timed?
The only time the test results can be made public is in the case of an official court subpoena. In this case, any subpoena for results would first be discussed with the IAI Legal Counsel.
8) Are my test results made public?
Yes. If you failed the test for any reason other than an erroneous identification, you can retake it after six months. If you made an erroneous conclusion (ID or exclusion), you must wait at least one year or six months respectively before you can reapply. In this case, it is important to know that you will have to retake all three sections (Written, Pattern Interpretation and the Comparison portion).
9) If I failed the test once before, can I retake the test again?
Important note: You will need to submit a new application with all attachments plus whatever fee is in effect at that time. This fee must be included with all applications, regardless of whether the test (or any part of the test) has been taken previously.