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Latest News from the IAI Latent Print Certification Board
San Antonio Conference
At the recent IAI Conference LPCB open meeting in San Antonio, TX, there was a lot of interest in the Recertification test amid the concerns of an individual who had failed the test. The following is the Powerpoint presentation that the LPCB presented at the meeting. It also contains the updated information of the board’s activities over the past year.
It was also announced that the Pattern Recognition portion (part 3) of the initial Certification test has been eliminated, effective Sept 1st 2018.
Recap of the Certification Test
- The Certification Test now consists of two parts; the comparison test and the written test.
- All questions on the written portion of the test are multiple choice. For this updated test, you are encouraged to take advantage of the recommended study material as listed on the Suggested Reading page.
- The number of hours of required training for new applicants is 160 hours. Educational and basic experience requirements remain the same as per the FCMB Operations Manual. These hours must be completed within five years prior to the application submission. Training listed outside of the five years will require modification by the applicant.
- When Part four of the certification test (Case for Review) including the moot court was discontinued in 2017, it was replaced with a new pre-certification requirement that applicants must attend 16 hours of qualifying court testimony training. This training may be either internally developed by the agency/company they are working with or from an external entity. This training will be in addition to the 160 hours of technical training. The applicant is also required to submit a supporting letter from a supervisor attesting to the fact that the candidate has successfully completed the moot court and has been deemed competent to represent their agency in court. If you are not employed by a law enforcement agency then a letter from a prosecuting attorney attesting to your competency will also suffice. This requirement must be attached to your application at the time of submission. If the application is incomplete, it will be returned to the applicant, delaying the review process and potential time frame for testing. Prior testimony experience and court transcripts can not be used as a substitution for his process.
- The cost of all certifications is $300 (IAI members) and $400 (non IAI members) and became effective January 1, 2017.
Recap of the Recertification Test
- The current Recertification test comprises of ten (10) latent prints and four (4) exemplars
- All latent prints must have a correct conclusion (Note: none have been deemed inconclusive)
- Applicants have 30 days to return the test. It is strongly recommended that you return it with a tracking number as this may be requested if your test has not been received by the LPCB secretary by the deadline.
- Tests received after the deadline will put your certification into EXPIRED status.
- There is an option for the test taker to leave their test incomplete with the addition of a box and a signature line. This allows the test taker to opt out of having to make a conclusion they may not be comfortable with. If this option is selected, this will be considered a failed test due to non-completion.
- The wait time for a failure of the recert test for one erroneous exclusion has been reduced from one (1) year to six (6) months.
- The wait time for a failure of the recert test for one or more erroneous identifications remains at one (1) year.
- The wait time for a failure of the recert test for more than one erroneous conclusion remains at one (1) year
- The wait time for an incomplete test will be six (6) months.
- Failure of the recert test for a second time for any reason will necessitate a wait time of one (1) year and will require taking the full Certification test again as per the current standards outlined in the FCMB Operations manual.
- Failure to retake the test within six (6) months of the established re-testing time frames after a failure will require taking the full Certification test again as per the current standards outlined in the FCMB Operations manual.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need to ensure your personal profile on eCert is up-to-date and is kept up-to-date to avoid a lapse in your certification. You must provide a current personal email address in your profile. Presently, eCert continues to experience problems with Hotmail accounts so it is recommended using an alternative email provider. Recert renewal notifications are only made by email and lack of receipt of a notification will NOT qualify you for an exemption on late renewals.
If you are having technical or login issues with eCert, please direct all enquiries in a timely manner to Mary Ballen at the IAI home office (954-589-0628).
Courses Accepted for Credit Towards Certification and Recertification
All courses accepted for credit for either a new certification or recertification application must be submitted to the LPCB for review. All courses must contain topics related to the latent print discipline. Courses which will NOT be accepted are general crime scene courses, or courses that are covered under another certification program.
If you are a course instructor and you wish to have your course added to our list, you must provide a syllabus to the LPC Board member Tim Fayle for approval. The course syllabus needs to include a course overview (including course objectives, outcomes, etc.) and a course schedule, showing a breakdown of how the hours are spent/allocated for each topic. Internal training programs need to provide the same information. Please contact the Latent Print Board for the appropriate form.
A full list of courses accepted for LPCB credit is available here for download. This information will be updated quarterly.
Please note that acceptance of courses for credit is NOT an endorsement of the training by the LPCB.
Work is continuing on this initiative. To date, we have conducted on-screen testing at the past three conferences and also offer on-screen testing at Regional and Divisional conferences and seminars upon request. Currently this would be dependent upon securing the requisite proctors in your specific area.
Note: Hard copies of the comparison materials are still provided to all digital test takers and use of digital media is an additional option for those who choose to use it.
LPC Board Members
Your 2018-2019 Latent Print Certification Board Members are: Stephanie HOWARD, Chair, Anne STEINMETZ, Secretary, Tim FAYLE, Jamie BUSH, Shannon PRINCE, Kaitlin DELPHY and Matt MARVIN. Congratulations to Matt as the successful candidate to the Board and we look forward to working with him.
Our sincere thanks to outgoing board member Kelley Counts for his service to the Board over the past three years. Due to the ongoing digital solution initiative that Kelley had been working on, he has agreed to stay on in a Special Advisory role for one year to assist in the progress of this initiative.
There will be opportunities for election to the board next year for those of you who may be interested in applying. All applications for board positions must be received by the Secretary in writing no later than 30 days prior to the annual conference.
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please forward these to the LPCB Secretary.