The National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) is a federally funded institution providing graduate and continuing education courses in psychophysiological detection of deception (PDD). Its missions are to:
- Qualify DoD and other federal personnel for careers as PDD examiners.
- Research, develop, validate, and field credibility assessment tools that increase and enhance operational capabilities.
- Manage the PDD continuing education certification program for federal agencies.
- Manage the Quality Assurance Program that develops, implements, and provides oversight of PDD standards for the federal polygraph programs.
- Provide strategic support to intelligence and law enforcement operations and investigations in the form of advice, analysis, and assistance.
The National Center staff consists of recognized subject matter experts in all aspects of PDD. As such, they assist and participate in operational activities throughout the Department of Defense. NCCA personnel conduct operational PDD examinations in support of counterintelligence, security, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism efforts to satisfy unique and specific missions that require a thorough knowledge of relevant laws, law enforcement procedures, counterintelligence methods, and specialized PDD processes and analytic tools.
- Enable students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of PDD.
- Provide continuing education programs for professional career development.
- Provide flexible methods of instruction to meet the unique learning styles of students.
- Conduct research in all areas of PDD and credibility assessment.
- Maintain a reputable standing as an academic and research institute.
- Develop, implement, and provide oversight for standards involving the conduct of PDD examinations.
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