Training Course Outline

The course will specifically follow the guidelines of the American Polygraph Association for approved polygraph schools.


The basic course of instruction is ten weeks in our London Academy. Classes are generally held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the course the student receives extensive ‘hands on’ practice on all aspects, which are required in the field of Polygraph science. Emphasis is on fundamental skills and application of Polygraph knowledge.

This Polygraph Examiner's Course will consist of 400 hours or ten weeks of intensive classroom and laboratory study.

The course is designed to ensure the participant will be a competent Polygraph Examiner, equipped with the knowledge necessary to conduct conclusive polygraph examinations in a professional and ethical manner.

The details of the course modules and its objectives are outlined below:

Law and Human Rights (8 hours)

The student will learn laws applicable to polygraph.

APA Ethics, Standards of Practice and By-Laws (4 hours)

The student will learn the relationships between the APA Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and By-Laws and other ethical considerations for the practice of polygraph.

Introduction to the History and Evolution of Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (8 hours)

The student will be able to identify those persons who made notable contributions to the early and contemporary history of lie detection, and demonstrate their knowledge of the evolution of polygraph instrumentation, polygraph techniques, and test data analysis; the development of professional associations; and alternate methods of detection of deception.

Scientific Testing (8 hours)

The student will 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; the ability to review research articles and explain their
methodological strengths and weaknesses.

Mechanics of Instrument Operation (16 hours)

The student will be able to perform a proper functionality check of the type of instrument he or she will be using. During their laboratory exercises the student must also demonstrate the proper component placement, including primary and alternate locations in addition to the positioning of the examinee; proper software operations for the instrument he or she will use; acceptable data collection practices, and the use of standardized annotation on polygraph examinations.

Polygraph Techniques (40 hours)

The student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of at least one testing protocol shown to meet APA validation standards for each of the following applications: Evidentiary, investigative, and screening. Exposure to two or more validated protocols is recommended. Students will understand the essential components of these testing protocols, including the number of presentations, number of tests, and question sequence rules.

Pre-Test Interview (32 hours)

At the end of this module the student will be able to explain the rationale behind pretest procedures and demonstrate the ability to conduct a free narrative, structured or semi-structured interview.

Post-Test Interview (8 hours)

The student will be able to explain the rationale behind post-test procedures, identify basic interview approaches and demonstrate the process of post-test interviews for the various test outcomes.

Psychology (20 hours)

The student will learn the basic elements of human psychology and their applicability to the science of polygraph testing.

Physiology (20 hours)

At the end of this module the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous, peripheral nervous, integumentary and skeletal-muscular systems, as well as pharmacology, as they relate to the polygraph data.

Test Question Construction (32 hours)

During classroom and laboratory exercises the student will demonstrate, in writing, an effective working knowledge of polygraph test questions for validated polygraph techniques.

Test Data Analysis (40 hours)

The student will be able at the end of this module to demonstrate a working knowledge of the physiological response patterns used in interpretation of polygraph data, in addition to an ability to identify data suitable and not suitable for analysis. Students will learn to analyze polygraph data using a validated scoring system, including the appropriate use of decision rules.

Countermeasures (8 hours)

The student will be able to describe common types of countermeasure attempts and atypical physiology.

Information and Results Reporting (2 hours)

The student will demonstrate an understanding of necessary information content and presentation of test results.

Practical Application of Polygraph/Mock Examinations (80 hours)

The student will demonstrate basic proficiency in conducting examinations under field-like conditions. A minimum of three complete polygraph examinations, being monitored by a lab instructor or someone providing instructional assistance, will be conducted under field like conditions with a student-to-instructor ratio not to exceed three-to-one. No student will conduct an actual field polygraph examination until they have successfully graduated from the 400-hour education and training program.

Education and Training Program Elective Instruction (74 hours)

The student will be familiarised with other polygraph-related content or given additional instruction on topics listed earlier in these standards, at the discretion of the program

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