So maybe you have considered a job as a Polygraph Examiner and wondered how can I get qualified and if the job is for me.
The only route is to train in America on a 10-12 week course at a American Polygraph Association recognised school and pass all of the exams which are usually weekly. Its a very tough course and intensive and has a high failure rate due to the workload and learning involved. Once you have completed the course and passed its advisable to then be mentored by an experienced Examiner who can help and guide. You would then apply for membership to the American Polygraph Association and then the British Polygraph Association. The APA have a careers page here with jobs for Qualified Examiners.
Seventy percent of Polygraph Jobs is infidelity based whilst the remainder is made up of mixed issues such as theft and allegations, whilst no two days are the same when you are working the job is very draining and only suits a certain type of person, we are often dealing with upset clients who are very emotional. How would you feel failing someone knowing their marriage is on the line and then dealing with the fallout. Since I have been an Examiner quite a few have started and are no longer trading.
There is also the costs to consider, as well as a considerable amount of time spent learning the trade there is the cost of the training, the cost of the equipment, the cost to setup a website etc. I would estimate you would need £25k. You then need to consider the market in the UK is already saturated with Private Examiners all advertising for the same work, the costs for using Google Adwords can run into thousands a month just to get work. There is also a large amount of Government Examiners in the UK who at some point will potentially either retire and enter Private Practice or setup themselves. The work can also be very sporadic, there can be weeks when there is no work, can you pay the bills?
Whilst you might feel I have been negative about Polygraph Jobs I must say that sometimes it is super rewarding, when you can help get someones life back by proving accusations made were incorrect, when you can give someone the proof they need that they have been faithful to a partner.
Jason Hubble APA, BPA, NPA the author has been a Qualified Examiner for over five years and owns Lie Detectors UK, read more about the company here.