Courses Available to PDD Examiners

Prerequisites

Student must be a manager of a polygraph program or polygraph examiner employed full time by a federal, state, county, or local agency.

Course Listing and the Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Advances in Psychophysiology (CE 835) (40 CEH)
Computerized Polygraph - AXCITON (CE 802) (24 CEH)
Computerized Polygraph - LAFAYETTE (CE 803) (24 CEH)
Computerized Polygraph - LIMESTONE (CE 804) (24 CEH)
PDD Refresher Course (CE 831) (80 CEH)
Fundamentals of Courtroom Testimony (CE 809) (40 CEH)
Law Enforcement Pre-Employment Screening (CE 864) (40 CEH)
Law Enforcement Quality Control Course (CE 853) (40 CEH)
Predeployment Examiner Course (CE 866) (40 CEH)
PDD Managers Course (CE 860) (24 CEH)
Relevant/Irrelevant Screening Testing (CE 823) (40 CEH)
Advanced Polygraph Studies Course (CE 859) (40 CEH)

Course Descriptions

ADVANCES IN PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY (CE 835) (40 CEH)

This course provides the PDD examiner with an in-depth understanding of the principles of physiology and psychology associated with forensic PDD. Course content includes issues related to the body’s nervous, respiratory, electrodermal, and cardiovascular systems. The psychological aspects of perception, human learning, memory processes, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and stress are also explored. Students are provided with the latest theories in psychology to enable them to be more effective in the conduct of PDD examinations.

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COMPUTERIZED POLYGRAPH - AXCITON (CE 802) (24 CEH)

This course is for experienced examiners who are transitioning from analog instruments or a different brand of computerized instrument to the Axciton system, and provides an in-depth study of computerized polygraph operations for that equipment. The student will become proficient through classroom conference, lecture and practical laboratory experience. Based on the needs of the students and their respective agencies, the course may include familiarization demonstrations and discussion regarding other PDD computer polygraphs such as those available through Stoelting Instruments, Limestone Technologies and Lafayette Instrument Company. Curriculum may include exposure to research instrumentation such as thermal imaging, eye tracking, and other experimental credibility assessment technologies.

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COMPUTERIZED POLYGRAPH - LAFAYETTE (CE 803) (24 CEH)

This course is for experienced examiners who are transitioning from analog instruments or a different brand of computerized instrument to the Lafayette system, and provides an in-depth study of computerized polygraph operations for that equipment. The student will become proficient through classroom conference, lecture and practical laboratory experience. Based on the needs of the students and their respective agencies, the course may include familiarization demonstrations and discussion regarding other PDD computer polygraphs such as those available through Stoelting Instruments, Limestone Technologies and Axciton Systems. Curriculum may include exposure to research instrumentation such as thermal imaging, eye tracking, and other experimental credibility assessment technologies.

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COMPUTERIZED POLYGRAPH - LIMESTONE (CE 804) (24 CEH)

This course is for experienced examiners who are transitioning from analog instruments or a different brand of computerized instrument to the Limestone system, and provides an in-depth study of computerized polygraph operations for that equipment. The student will become proficient through classroom conference, lecture and practical laboratory experience. Based on the needs of the students and their respective agencies, the course may include familiarization demonstrations and discussion regarding other PDD computer polygraphs such as those available through Stoelting Instruments, Axciton Systems, and Lafayette Instrument Company. Curriculum may include exposure to research instrumentation such as thermal imaging, eye tracking, and other experimental credibility assessment technologies.

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PDD REFRESHER COURSE (CE 831) (80 CEH)

The PDD Refresher Course is primarily formulated to review core elements of the Forensic PDD Program. The course assists students who have been temporarily assigned outside of PDD to reestablish their proficiency and achieve re-certification, or for students who received their initial education in PDD in the distant past and require instruction on contemporary procedures. Another dimension of the course is that it provides students with the ability to transition from analog to computerized instruments, and become familiar with current software applications.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF COURTROOM TESTIMONY (CE 809) (40 CEH)

This course assists the student in becoming qualified to lay the foundation for admissibility of a PDD examiner's opinions, and aids in the establishment of the student as an expert witness. Course content includes an analysis of recent court decisions affecting the admissibility of polygraph evidence, mock trial scenarios, a review of polygraph theory, research findings, test data analysis, and test question construction. A selected number of students will conduct a PDD examination and defend their conclusions in a mock-courtroom setting with an actual judge, prosecutor, and defense counsel. The remaining students will act as jurors.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING (CE 864) (40 CEH)

This course addresses the various forms of the Law Enforcement Pre-Employment Test (LEPET) that are currently being utilized by Federal law enforcement agencies as an integral element of their pre-employment process. The course is intended to enable the student to augment existing screening test protocols employed by Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Course content includes a review of the latest test data analysis methodologies. Students will participate in laboratory exercises designed to simulate common problems in pre-employment screening. While it may be possible for arrangements to be made for the NCCA to provide polygraphs for student use, it is recommended that students provide their own instrument.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT QUALITY CONTROL (CE 853) (40 CEH)

This course covers PDD quality control procedures as they would be applied in state and local law enforcement agencies. The course is designed for senior PDD examiners who are responsible for the supervision and quality control of other law enforcement examiners, or by those who are interested in initiating a quality control program within their agency. An emphasis is placed upon the analysis of actual PDD examinations conducted by Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in support of criminal investigations. A myriad of polygraph issues that are routinely confronted by PDD managers will be addressed. In order to facilitate open discussion and an exchange of ideas among students and faculty, the course will be limited to only 15 students.

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PDD MANAGERS COURSE (CE 860) (24 CEH)

This course is to acquaint the manager who has been assigned the task of administering a PDD program with polygraph-specific managerial issues. The faculty of NCCA will explore various contemporary topics dealing with the management of PDD programs and the unique circumstances that must be considered to ensure success. These topics include recruitment and retention, career progression, ethics and budgetary issues. In addition, former and current supervisors and managers will lead interagency discussions with the students, addressing problems and solutions which are unique to the PDD community. While not required, managers will often arrange for attendance at this seminar of their supervisory personnel to assist them in addressing certain issues unique to their organizations.

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PREDEPLOYMENT EXAMINER COURSE (CE 866) (40 CEH) 

This course is conducted in collaboration with available linguist resources and intended to train PDD examiners in the effective use of interpreters in the conduct of PDD examinations. The primary focus will provide training for the Middle Eastern languages as determined by the Course Manager. The course will include training for the examiner as well as indoctrination training for the interpreter/linguist in becoming a part of the credibility assessment team. Topics include Cultural Considerations; Effective Use of an Interpreter; Polygraph Formats and Comparison Question Formulation. Mastery of the presented topics will be assessed during the conduct of laboratory exercises. Preliminary, the course will be conducted over a period of 40 hours and credited likewise.

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RELEVANT/IRRELEVANT SCREENING TESTING (CE 823) (40 CEH)

The Relevant/Irrelevant Screening Test technique and selected testing formats provide examiners and their respective agencies with an alternative to traditional comparison question tests, for screening employees on a wide variety of issues related to counterintelligence and personnel suitability. The student will learn to administer the technique during extended series testing, and employ breakdown examinations and clearing charts. Instruction in global analysis, the field rank order scoring system, and the means for rendering various decisions will be provided. For full course credit, the student is required to satisfactorily complete a written examination and practical exercise, demonstrating his or her proficiency in the technique. The first four days of training will require, on average, one hour of evening study supporting a case study exercise. This course requires that students provide their own polygraph.

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ADVANCED POLYGRAPH STUDIES COURSE (CE 859) (40 CEH)

This 40-hour course is specifically for experienced counterintelligence and law enforcement PDD examiners who are presently engaged in or will soon be performing quality control duties. This course will only be offered when demand exists. The primary emphasis of the course will be on test data analysis, test question construction, and case review. The techniques that will be studied will include Relevant/Irrelevant Screening, Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph, Test for Espionage and Sabotage (TES) Screening, Law Enforcement Applicant Screening, and Criminal Specific Testing.

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