The results of a polygraph examination can change your life. You must make sure you hire a qualified polygraph examiner. The reliability and validity of your exam will depend on the polygraph examiners qualifications and experience.
BEWARE, there are individuals that claim they are polygraph examiners without any formal training and do not have the ability to conduct and analyze a proper polygraph examination.
The following is a checklist to assist you in finding a qualified polygraph examiner:
1. Your Examiner should have graduated from an accredited school. You can verify this with the American Polygraph Association.
2. Your Examiner should have professional affiliations and memberships. The most recognized and prestigious organizations is the American Polygraph Association. Your Examiner should be a full member of that association. The American Association of Police Polygraphists is also a highly respected organization.
3. Your examiner should have many years of experience. He should have a minimum of 15 years.
4. Your Examiner should at one time, have conducted polygraph examinations for an agency such as the District Attorneys Office, Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency and Drug Enforcement Agencies. Your Examiner should have testified in criminal cases and be formally recognized by the judicial system.
5. Since polygraph exams are a psychophysiological technique, examiners should possess at least a Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology.
6. Your Examiner should use a computerized polygraph instrument.
Remember, not all polygraph examiners are equal. When choosing a polygraph examiner, NEVER base your choice on price alone. Do not risk your life on hiring individuals who have taken home study courses who are not properly qualified.
You should choose your polygraph examiner with the same care that you would choose your surgeon or attorney.