Introduction to the Science of Fingerprints

Introduction to the Science of Fingerprints

This course is approved by the International Association for Identification as credits towards certification and re-certification


Class Rules and Guidelines

Class Attire: Casual
Breaks: Usually one short break per hour.
Lunch: One hour
Starting Time: 8:00 A.M
Ending Time: 5:00 P.M
Participation of Students: Requested and appreciated
Required Materials: Fingerprint magnifier and Pointers if needed
Testing: Competency and written exams
Certificates of Completion: Presented at end of seminar

Course Duration

This is a 40 hour (5-day) training course

Target Audience

This course is designed for those individuals interested in beginning a career in the science of fingerprints.

Course Description

This training course is designed to present a series of interactive lectures using PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, and various other software programs. This training session will provide an overview with both lecture and hands on exercises of the proper methods and techniques in ten- print classification and identification. There will be discussions on the history of the science of fingerprints, pattern interpretation, pattern orientation, classification, identification and AFIS. Numerous practical exercises are utilized and implemented to emphasize and critique the skills of the students to properly perform this level of training, including using an AFIS system. After each exercise the student’s work will be critiqued and measured.

Course Objective

This course will assist the student in understanding the historical background of the science of fingerprints. The student will learn and be able to classify fingerprint cards using the Henry Classification System, to recognize fingerprint patterns and to understand the New Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems. Students will be able to effect make identifications from one fingerprint card to another.