The Syllabus for the ”Qualified Polygraph Examiners” Certificate

The curriculum includes academic and practical studies in the disciplines of physiology, psychology, applied polygraph and interrogation etc.

The curriculum includes:

1. Research development for tracing and diagnosing dishonesty

Students will become familiar with the history of psychology and physiology research for tracing deceit and lies.

Duration – 8 hours

2. The polygraph apparatus and tools for analysis

Familiarity with the polygraph apparatus and its components and function. The procedure for operating the apparatus, the manner of activating and operating it, the calibration method, and the method of recording the results chart.

Duration – 20 hours

3. The theory of phrasing the questions and interrogation

The examiner’s skill in phrasing questions is very important for the success of a polygraph examination. In class, students will learn about phrasing questions and will be drilled in the manner of phrasing an investigation and semantic emphases.

4. The various polygraph techniques

A trained examiner will know how to adapt the technique that he would use during an examination to the situation, respondent and case. This lesson is fundamental to understanding the use of the various polygraph techniques. Inter alia, the method of control questions, “peak tension,” and the R-I technique etc. will be studied.

Duration – 60 hours

5. Understanding the findings when analyzing the results chart

The physiological measurement chart is essential to the examination procedure. It enables the examiner to determine whether the respondent is telling the truth or a lie. The lesson is dedicated to developing skills for analyzing the chart, using conventional techniques: the global procedure, the numerical scoring procedure etc.

Duration – 50 hours

6. Preparing the ground for examination – On the interview and pre-examination procedure

Contrary to the myth, a polygraph examination begins prior to the introduction to the respondent. During the lesson, we will understand the function of an interview and study the development of the pre and post-examination interview procedure.

Duration – 14 hours

7. Law, ethics and legal issues for polygraph examiners

What are a polygraph examiner's legal obligations? What is an examiner's professional commitment? On the dilemmas and ethical issues that polygraph examiners face and the methods of solving them.

Duration – 6 hours

8. Refining the examiner’s skills

Practical training for developing the students’ skills in polygraph examination management

Duration – 40 hours

9. The polygraph as perceived in the law courts

How does the Legislature perceive polygraph examination? Under what conditions is a polygraph examination acceptable? The polygraph examiners as expert witnesses; the pros and cons of regulation etc.

Duration – 8 hours

10. Psychology and physiology for polygraph examiners

Polygraph examiners are assisted by psychological and physiological means in order to determine whether respondents are telling the truth. Therefore, familiarity with physiology and human psychology and their link to the polygraph is essential for a qualified examiner. This lesson is an introduction to psychology and physiology and familiarity with the science of psychophysiology in law.

Duration – 44 hours

11. Coping with attempts to undermine the examination

It seems that in every informal conversation the subject of the polygraph will set someone going, who will claim that he has the ability to undermine the examination. Is this really possible? How can we trace attempts to undermine the examination? What of the methods for coping with these attempts?

Duration – 4 hours

12. The polygraph as a tool for filtering candidates

For many organizations the polygraph is an entry threshold. How will we use this tool? What are the techniques for filtering job candidates? Interrogation and an analysis results chart

Duration – 8 hours

13. The computerized polygraph examination

The digital age has not bypassed the polygraph which has been refined from a large clumsy apparatus to electronic device installed on the computer. How does the computerized polygraph work? What is the computerized points method?

Duration – 18 hours

14. Advanced seminar with the head of the course

The head of the course in a direct meeting with the students for discussing special issues from the course study material.

Duration – 30 hours

15. Examinations

During the course

A weekly, final examination and oral and practical examination

Duration – 20 hours