Polygraph Examiners Course
|Session(s)||Location||Start date||End date|
|Tuition||Accommodation||Full Meals||Total||$ 14,350.00||$ 7,140.00||$ 4,768.16||$ 26,258.16|
|Tuition||Accommodation||Full Meals||Total||$ 28,700.00||$ 7,140.00||$ 4,768.16||$ 40,608.16|
The Canadian Police College is the only institution in Canada where law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies can train to become certified polygraph examiners. By asking questions about a particular issue under investigation and examining a subject's physiological reactions, a polygraph examiner can reach an opinion as to whether a subject has been truthful or deceptive. Polygraph testing is an investigative tool that is typically used during the later stages of an investigation.
Format and delivery
Length of course: Three phases of the course must be completed within one year:
- the academic phase is a ten week course of theory and practice
- the internship phase is a two week period of practical application under direct supervision
- the certification phase is approximately eight months of practical application under indirect supervision.
Class size: maximum 14 students
Delivery setting: theoretical portions are offered in the classroom; practical exercises take place in a polygraph suite with polygraph equipment.
- Understanding laws applicable to polygraph.
- Understanding the relationships between the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and By-Laws and other ethical considerations for the practice of polygraph.
- Knowledge of notable contributions to the early and contemporary history of lie detection, the evolution of polygraph instrumentation, polygraph techniques, and test data analysis; knowledge of professional associations and alternate methods of detection of deception.
- Ability to demonstrate a conceptual knowledge of sensitivity, specificity, false positive errors, false negative errors and statistical significance in the application of the concepts to diagnostic and screening tests; ability to review research articles and explain their methodological strengths and weaknesses.
- Ability to perform a proper functionality check of instruments and proper software operations; ability to perform acceptable data collection practices and use standardized annotation on polygraph examinations.
- Knowledge of at least one testing protocol shown to meet APA validation standards for each of the following applications: evidentiary, investigative, and screening.
- Ability to explain the rationale behind pre-test procedures and demonstrate the ability to conduct a free narrative, structured or semi-structured interview.
- Ability to explain the rationale behind post-test procedures, identify basic interview approaches and demonstrate the process of post-test interviews.
- Ability to explain the basic elements of human psychology and their applicability to polygraph testing.
- Understanding the cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous, peripheral nervous, integumentary and skeletal-muscular systems, as well as pharmacology, as they relate to the polygraph data.
- Knowledge of polygraph test questions for validated polygraph techniques.
- Knowledge of the physiological response patterns used in interpretation of polygraph data, and ability to identify data suitable and not suitable for analysis; ability to use a validated scoring system.
- Ability to describe common types of countermeasure attempts and atypical physiology.
- Understanding necessary information content and presentation of test results.
- Ability to demonstrate basic proficiency in conducting examinations under field-like conditions.
Eligibility and mandatory requirements
- This course is offered to:
- members of a recognized police, military or intelligence service that have experience and a proven ability to conduct investigative interviews and/or related interviews involving human sources
- candidates belonging to an agency with a polygraph unit
- candidates that have written support from the head of the agency's polygraph unit.
- Acceptance or refusal in the course is at the discretion of the Canadian Police College.
- Success in the course is based on participation and completion of all required assignments.
- Various evaluation methods are used, including:
- written tests/exams
- practical evaluations
- mock crime scenario testing evaluations
- real testing evaluations
- Re-testing or re-evaluation is conducted at the discretion of the course instructor.
- For more details or other information about the course, please email email@example.com.
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