Forensic Polygraph Examinations and Personnel Evaluations for the past 22 years.

THE FOLLOWING ASPECTS IS IMPORTANT WHEN SELECTING A POLYGRAPH EXAMINER:

1. DOES THE EXAMINER BELONG TO A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION

· Most polygraph associations have standards of practice and a code of ethics that their members must adhere to in order to maintain their membership.  The gold standard for polygraph associations is The American Polygraph Association (APA). Established in 1966 and it is the oldest and largest international polygraph association in the world. Every polygraph school in the world strives to be accredited by The American Polygraph Association. The APA standards of practice and code of ethics hold its members accountable to adhere to the association’s standards of practice.

· According to the APA standards all polygraph tests should be conducted by using a video camera to record the entire polygraph test from beginning to end.

· The minimum standard to conduct a properly constructed polygraph test is approximately 90 minutes or longer.  If the test is done in a short space of time the test will be rendered null and void as it would be considered an unethical test which did not meet the minimum standards.

· According to APA standards of practice a polygraph examiner should not do more than four polygraph tests in one working day and if circumstances permitted no more than five polygraph tests per day.

· The APA requires an acquaintance test to be done on all polygraph tests.

2. WHAT CLASS OF MEMBERSHIP DOES THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINER POSSESS IN A PARTICULAR ORGANISATION

· A full member in The American Polygraph Association must have a Baccalaureate Degree and must be a graduate from a APA accredited school and must have completed no less than 200 actual polygraph examinations

3. WHERE DID THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINER RECEIVED INTERNSHIP IF ANY

· Ideally, the polygraph examiner was a law enforcement or government polygraph examiner mentored by experienced examiners in a structural environment. Examiners who simply graduated from a polygraph school and open a polygraph business did not have the opportunity to be mentored by great professionals as did doctors, lawyers and teacher. Polygraph examiners are not born great they are mentored to be great professionals.

4. DOES THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINER UPHOLD CONTINUED TRAINING, EVERY PROFESSION REQUIRES IT

· The American Polygraph Association has a certificate of Advanced and Specialised training which signifies the member has completed at least thirty hours of additional polygraph training every two years

5. WHAT TYPE OF POLYGRAPH INSTRUMENTATION IS THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINER USING

· There are four major polygraph instrument manufacturers: Axciton, Limestone, Lafayette and Stoelting. All are very good. It is imperative that the polygraph instrument has 5 channels i.e. having a “movement sensor” as this is an absolute necessity to render competent indication on truth and deception.