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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Recertification Requirements

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Qualifications, requirements and application procedures for recertification are subject to revision by the Board. The latest official version is always available on-line from the Secretary of the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification Board.

General Qualifications

An applicant for recertification must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute, and must possess a high ethical and professional standing (See Section III).

All persons certified by the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification Board must renew their certification every five (5) years in order to maintain their certification status. The fee for recertification is $300.00 for IAI members and $400.00 for non-members.

Applicants for recertification must be working in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA).

  • Proof of working in the field of BPA can be in the form of a letter of endorsement from the applicant's employer/supervisor and/or a person of equal level of certification verifying the applicants continued involvement and competency in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis.

A total of eighty (80) credits as described on the application for recertification is required for recertification over the five year certification period. Copies of certificates or other appropriate documentation for the credits claimed must accompany the application for recertification.

An Application for renewal should be submitted two months prior to the expiration date of certification. Failure to apply for renewal before expiration of certification places the member in an expired status.

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Recertification Test

The examination for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification is divided into three (3) sections.

Each part/section will be graded separately. All three (3) sections must individually be passed with a 75% on each section to pass the certification test. The three (3) sections include:

Section 1.   Pattern Identification: Correctly identify and provide information regarding designated bloodstain patterns.
Section 2.   Analysis Portion: Correctly answer questions regarding bloodstain patterns in crime scene images and provide information to support the conclusion/s offered.
Section 3.   Area of Convergence and Area of Origin Calculation: Correctly determine the location of the area of convergence and correctly calculate the area of origin of a spatter pattern.

General Provisions

  • The right to deny recertification is reserved by the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification Board.
  • Applicants who are denied recertification by the Bloodstain Certification Board may appeal such action in writing to the IAI Board of Directors within sixty days after the issue date of such notification.
  • Applicants who are denied recertification by the Bloodstain Certification Board may appeal such action in writing to the IAI Board of Directors within sixty days after the issue date of such notification.
  • Certificates issued by the IAI are non-transferable. They remain the property of the IAI; but every person to whom a certificate has been issued shall be entitled to its continued possession unless and until such certificate is revoked.
  • Certificates are issued for a period of five (5) years, subject to renewal upon application by the member. Such application for renewal shall be subject to standards in effect at the time of request for renewal and payment of the established fee.
  • Membership in the IAI, or in any of its state or regional divisions, is not mandatory for certification.
  • Certificates may be suspended or revoked by the Bloodstain Certification Board for any of the following reasons:
    • Violation of the IAI or Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification Code of Ethics.
    • A misstatement or misrepresentation, or concealment or omission of a material fact or facts in an application or any other communication.
    • Conviction of an applicant for 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 which brings the specialty of Bloodstain Certification examination into disrepute.