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Check out all the latest news about the Latent Print Certification Program and the Certification Board here. As new updates are received, they will be posted for your information.
Latest News from the IAI Latent Print Certification Board
Changes to the Certification Test
- Since April 1st 2016, 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 has increased from 80 hours to 160 hours. This came into effect on April 1st 2017. Educational and basic experience requirements remain the same.
- Part IV of the certification test (Case for Review) including the moot court was discontinued on April 1, 2017. In its place, there is now a new?pre-certification?requirement; 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.
- The cost of all certifications is $300 (IAI members) and $400 (non IAI members) and became effective January 1, 2017.
This year, we announced some new changes to the Recertification test including the wait times in the event of a failure of the test. These changes are as follows:
New Recertification Test
- There will be an added 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.
- Ten (10) latent prints
- 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.
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 and/or course outline to the LPC Board member Tim Fayle for approval.
- A full list of courses accepted for LPCB credit will be published and available for download on the website shortly. 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 two conferences and plans to offer on-screen testing at Regional and Divisional conferences and seminars is presently underway. If successful, the board will seek approval for proctors to administer the digital element of the test locally. Currently, we are still looking at various hardware options for the test that could be sent out to proctors and returned after testing.?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.
Forensic Certification Management Board
- At the 2016 I.A.I Conference in Cincinnati, a resolution was passed approving the creation of the Forensic Certification Management Board (FCMB) which replaced the old PPQAG Board. The FCMB is tasked with managing and enforcing ISO standards for all the certification programs. Each certification board remains responsible for their own individual certification programs but any decision affecting the administration of the certification program is now the responsibility of the FCMB which reports to the FCMB Director. This change was a requirement to ensure the Certification programs can act independently and without undue influence from the IAI Board of Directors.
Your 2017-2018 Latent Print Certification Board Members are: Stephanie HOWARD, Chair, Anne STEINMETZ, Secretary, Tim FAYLE, Kelley COUNTS, Jamie BUSH, Shannon PRINCE and Kaitlin MOE.
LPC Board Members
Our sincere thanks to Matthew Schwarz for his service to the Board over the past six years.
Note: The process for future board appointments has been revised to ensure compliance with 17024 Accreditation. These changes are part of the new FCMB Operations Manual and became effective in 2017.
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: