Choosing Your Examiner
IMPORTANT! EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE SCHEDULING A POLYGRAPH EXAM:
Are You in a Hurry for an Exam? Some Things You Should Know . . .
We routinely receive calls from people who rushed to have a polygraph test done, and ended up getting a test with a phony examiner. Don't fall prey to one of those phonies!
When selecting a polygraph examiner, you need to know that all examiners are not experienced or qualified professionals. Some are self-taught "polygraph operators" who purchased a self-study course over the internet, but hold no legitimate certifications, formal training, and never completed an internship. Others are part-time examiners, interns, or full-time private investigators who conduct just a few exams a month, and lack any real experience. Many of these part-timers will offer you an immediate appointment at a discount price: they are simply not in demand due to inexperience or poor credentials. Some may offer to come to your home, or have you come to their home because they do not even have their own office! Don't let them rush you into thinking you are having a polygraph emergency. An examiner should consult with you to help ensure that the polygraph is appropriate for your situation, and not try to rush you into a same-day appointment.
The American Polygraph Association (APA), American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP), and Arizona Polygraph Association (AzPA) have ethics, education, and training standards. Call these organizations directly to verify if an examiner is a "Full Member," "Associate Member," or "Intern." MANY examiners are not members, while others are only "Associate" or "Intern" members, as they do not meet education or experience requirements to be a Full Member.
What to Ask an Examiner . . .
Before selecting an examiner be sure to ask about their training and experience. Any self-proclaimed polygraph expert should be questioned about their:
- Professional memberships (e.g. APA, AAPP, & AzPA.)
- Continuing Education (30 hours required biannually by the APA.)
- Law enforcement experience (Required to be an AAPP Full Member.)
- Advanced certifications from the APA and AAPP.
- College degrees (A bachelor's degree is required for APA Full Member.)
- Arizona Private Investigator's license
Our college degrees and professional certifications are posted in our office, and our annual training certificates are available for inspection. ABOUT US.
BEWARE of Polygraph "Network" or "Alliance" Referral Services! These groups pay to advertise on the internet. Although they may appear to be legitimate professional organizations, they are actually expensive for-profit advertising services that refer you to someone near you who pays to belong to their "Global Network" or "Nationwide Alliance." Some of these services have been known to give referrals to unqualified, self-taught polygraph operators, or to label their examiners as "Certified", with no regard for APA membership or training. One alliance claims to offer "affordable" exams, but they actually have very high service rates, and they keep a large portion of the fee you pay for themselves. Another service claims to be "Free", but in reality the examiner or unqualified polygraph operator they choose to contact you to has to charge you more money to pay the referral service! Others will even try to sell you phony Voice Stress Tests over the telephone, which have been scientifically proven to be about 50% accurate! For more information on these overpriced referral services, go to HERE and search for "polygraph."
You can use the American Association of Police Polygraphists, American Polygraph Association, and Arizona Polygraph Association websites to choose your own examiner for FREE, without paying any costly referral fees.
Information on our Fees, Scheduling, & Other Questions (FAQ), is HERE.