Polygraph Examiners (PEC)
After consultation with the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists and our partner law enforcement agencies, the Canadian Police College (CPC) will remove the Pre-Employment Examination section of the Polygraph Examiners Course (PEC) from its syllabus starting immediately. A new course on Pre-employment Examination is currently being planned – stay tuned for more information.
These changes will allow candidates to concentrate on forensic polygraph skills, which must be certified by the CPC, a process that takes between eight and twelve months, before pre-employment examinations can be administered.
The change to PEC will result in a reduction in course time from eleven to ten weeks. The new costs are listed below. Should you have any questions, please contact CPCregistrar@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
- Academic phase: 10 weeks (47 days) and is composed of theory and practice;
- Internship phase: 2 weeks (10 days) in which the participant is placed under the direct supervision of a designated field examiner. The internship occurs immediately after the conclusion of the academic phase; and
- Certification phase: 8 months (124 days), during which the participant must complete a minimum of 25 polygraph exams of actual cases. This phase may be extended in the event a participant requires additional time to successfully meet all certification requirements.
- members of an accredited police force with a minimum complement of 100 officers, the Canadian Forces - Military Police Branch, or an accredited intelligence agency;
- full-time police officers with at least five years’ criminal investigation experience, and have a proven ability to conduct investigative interviews.
- a suitable polygraph room equipped with all the necessary equipment, including audio-visual capabilities and a computerized polygraph system;
- conducted, as part of the selection process, a review of the potential participant’s resumé, and identified at least three individuals to be interviewed; and
- engaged a qualified examiner from a different department to conduct the selection interviews for acceptance into the course.
- describe how computerized polygraph systems at the CPC operate;
- operate the polygraph instrument, including its mechanical, electrical and computer components;
- use a systematic approach to prepare themselves and the examinee for a polygraph examination;
- use standard test questions to conduct a polygraph examination;
- incorporate direct and indirect involvement techniques when conducting polygraph tests;
- follow in-test procedures when operating polygraph examination equipment;
- analyse polygraph charts to determine the indication of deception;
- describe the physiological changes that are monitored during a polygraph examination;
- describe how the physiological effects of using common classes of drugs and alcohol may affect the outcome of a polygraph examination;
- describe how various personality types can affect the outcome of a polygraph examination;
- use procedures to maximize the accuracy of recall from individuals;
- write a research paper on an issue related to law enforcement and the use of polygraph examinations;
- describe how to resolve moral and ethical issues which arise as a result of administering a polygraph examination;
- conduct post-test procedures to determine if the examinee has been truthful or deceptive;
- explain human factors related to the examinee that can affect the results of a polygraph examination;
- describe testing procedures that apply to special situations;
- describe other duties that the polygrapher may perform in addition to conducting polygraph examinations;
- apply principles of cognitive interviews to retrieve as much information as possible from a victim or witness;
- apply theories of linguistic coding to detect deception in subjects;
- apply the rules of interrogation to subjects identified as deceptive in order to obtain an admission of guilt or a confession; and
- prepare a court brief.
- Polygraph equipment and facilities
- Functions of memory
- Introduction to computerized polygraphs
- Research paper
- Pre-test procedures
- Professional ethics
- Test question formulation
- Post-test procedures
- Polygraph examination techniques
- Other factors affecting test results
- In-test procedures
- Other testing procedures
- Chart evaluation and scoring
- Polygraph instruction
- Cognitive interview
- Statement analysis
- Legal aspects/Court room testimony
- written pre-test
- written examinations
- practical tests
- polygraph performance examinations
Available in the following language of Instruction:
CPC Registrar - 613-993-6033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fees shown here are for 2017 and 2018. Please also note that the costs for accommodation and meals apply only to courses taking place in Ottawa.
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