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Suggested Reading Materials

The following publications are the suggested reading materials for preparing for the Certification test. Answers to all questions appearing on the written portion of the test can be found in these books.

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The Fingerprint Sourcebook (U.S. Dept of Justice, National Institute of Justice)
by I.A.I, Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) et al Eric H. Holder, Laurie O. Robinson, John H. Laub

Product Details
PDF: 287 pages
Publisher: National Institute of Justice (March 2011)
Language: English
NCJ 225320

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Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology

(Crc Series in Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) (Hardcover)
by David R. Ashbaugh

Product Details

Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: CRC (October 27, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0849370078
ISBN-13: 978-0849370076

Advances in Fingerprint Technology, Third Edition (Forensic and Police Science Series) (Hardcover)
by Robert Ramotowski

Product Details

Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 3rd edition (2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420088343
ISBN-13: 9781420088342

Searching Smart Clues for Latent Print Examiners Playing Cards
by Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.

Product Details

54 card deck - (52) Searching Smart Clues for Latent Print Examiners & (2) Services Cards
Publisher: Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.
Language: English

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PLEASE NOTE: This source material may be used for certification test questions beginning September 4, 2021, after the required 1 year public posting as a resource for testing.