09 May – 15 July 2022
Sofia, Bulgaria

For those students who are seeking a career in polygraph, you will find that our program will best prepare you for success.

Admission Policy

Each student must meet the following minimum requirements in order to attend our Basic Polygraph Examiner’s Course:

• Must have completed at least a high school diploma or its equivalent
• Must not have been convicted of a felony
• Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor of moral turpitude
• Must be of verified good reputation as documented by professional references. Applicants may be denied admission if they have previously been refused admission to or expelled from any professional organization.
•Must qualify (if applicable) for polygraph or credibility assessment licensure in the jurisdictions they intend on practicing.

PEAK C.A.T.C. & Assess Ltd Basic Polygraph Examiner Course
PEAK is accredited by the American Polygraph Association (APA) and recognized by many state and national associations. Assess Ltd. is in partnership with PEAK and is an Exclusive Polygraph Training Agent in Bulgaria.

Basic Polygraph Examiner's Course is APA accredited and consists of a minimum of 400 hours. Timelines and schedules are flexible and always changing to accommodate class needs and instructor availability. The order of topics covered will vary from class to class. Most Basic Polygraph Examiner's Courses for this institute are completed in a ten-consecutive-week cycle. Nevertheless, all basic courses offered will be completed in not fewer than 10 nor more than 17 weeks according to accreditation standards. Read below for an in-depth explanation of the benefits of the PEAK Basic Course.

Course fee and application deadline
The Basic Examiner's Course fee is 5 500,00 USD (no VAT included).

• The Course Fee is generally due to the beginning of the course of study unless other arrangements are made through the training center.
• The tuition fees include all course materials, supplies and use of equipment and polygraph instrumentation together with staff consultation while in attendance.
• The above tuition does not include costs associated with meals, lodging or transportation. All student lodging, transportation and subsistence accommodations are outside the scope of any enrollment agreement with PEAK C.A.T.C. & Assess Ltd.

Application deadline: 1st April 2022

The Basic Polygraph Examiner Training Course Program consists of the following hours:

Law and Human Rights – (8 hours)
The student will learn laws (and relevant human rights) applicable to credibility assessment.

Ethics, Standards of Practice and By-Laws – (4 hours)
The student will learn the relationships between the APA and AAPP Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice/By-Laws and other ethical considerations for the practice of credibility assessment.

Introduction to the History and Evolution of Credibility Assessment – (8 hours)
The student will be able to identify those persons who made notable contributions to the early and contemporary history of credibility assessment, and demonstrate their knowledge of the evolution of credibility assessment instrumentation, credibility assessment techniques, and test data analysis; the development of relevant professional associations; and alternate methods of credibility assessment.

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. The student will also be able to demonstrate the proper component placement, including primary and alternate locations in addition to the positioning of the examinee; proper software operations; acceptable data collection practices, and the use of standardized annotation on polygraph examinations.

Credibility Assessment Techniques – (40 hours)
The student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of evidentiary, investigative, and screening examinations. 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)
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 be able to explain the basic elements of human psychology and their applicability to the science of credibility assessment testing.

Physiology – (20 hours)
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 credibility assessment data.

Test Question Construction – (32 hours)
During classroom and laboratory exercises the student will demonstrate, in writing, an effective working knowledge of credibility assessment test questions for validated credibility assessment techniques.

Test Data Analysis – (40 hours)
The student will 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 Credibility Assessment/Mock Examinations – (80 hours)
The student will demonstrate basic proficiency in conducting examinations under field-like conditions.

Education and Training Program Elective Instruction – (74 hours)
The student will be familiarized with other credibility assessment-related content or given additional instruction on topics at the discretion of the training center.

Academic Progress and Graduation Policy
During the Basic Polygraph Examiner’s Course, there will be a minimum of three written examinations in addition to a comprehensive final examination. Students shall achieve a minimum of a 70% or higher for each required examination. Additionally, numerous practical examinations shall be conducted (both diagnostic and screening) using proper methodology as taught at the training center. Various other assignments may also be required as determined by course instructors and/or director.

Professional Memberships
The training center does not guarantee that students will be eligible (including education and suitability) for professional polygraph associations. The responsibility of determining eligibility for membership for each professional organization is on each student. The training center undergoes accreditation inspection for accreditation during this year, and will continue to undergo the reaccreditation inspection process every three years, or at whatever interval is required by the American Polygraph Association.

 

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