American Polygraph Association
American Polygraph Association
On a weekly basis I speak to many potential clients, some who have done their homework and others who just call the first number they find. How do you ensure the company you decide to use is qualified and experienced and the examiners are up to date with the latest techniques and uses the best available equipment? Is easy, you need to make sure the examiner is a member of the American Polygraph Association, the APA currently has over 2800 members and ensures they all use validated techniques and train regularly gaining continuing education credits.
This week another advert has popped up on Google Ads offering polygraph tests at cut prices, a quick look shows the owner has had no formal training, isn’t accredited and is probably using amateur equipment so you may as well toss a coin for the results as they have no accuracy, who checks their work, who ensures they are doing everything right. Fortunately in our industry we have the APA, you can check if the examiner is a member here
Lie Detectors UK only use APA Qualified examiners, we were recently voted for an awarded Best Polygraph Testing Company 2019.
More information on the APA can be found here.
The American Polygraph Association (APA) is the leading professional polygraph organisation in the world, representing more than 2,800 experienced polygraph examiners in private business, law enforcement and government. Professional APA polygraph examiners administer hundreds of thousands of polygraph exams each year worldwide. The APA establishes standards of ethical practices, techniques, instrumentation and research, as well as provides advanced training and continuing education programs.
APA examiners are highly qualified professionals who are motivated to help protect the public by verifying the truth, while following the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct. APA examiners pledge to follow all the rules and regulations for polygraph methodologies that are accepted and used in the field today. The APA governs the conduct of its members by requiring adherence to a Code of Ethics and a set of Standards and Principles of Practice.
In order to become an APA member, examiners must adhere to strict guidelines and educational requirements that include hundreds of hours of coursework at an APA approved school, as well as an internship. As in many respected professions, APA members must acquire annual continuing education and training in order to maintain membership. Each APA accredited school is inspected regularly and rigorously to ensure that the curriculum’s attain the highest standards by teaching the most current, fundamental polygraph techniques. Through strict adherence to training and education standards, APA examiners are able to attain accuracy rates exceeding 90 percent.
The Association is governed by a board of 11 officers who are elected by the members. Through this board, the APA represents industry segments that include government, law enforcement, private practice, education and the public at large.
The Association’s national office is in Chattanooga, Tennessee.