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The purpose of this program is to recognize those Polygraph Examiners who strive to meet professional standards and improve their professionalism through training and education.




1. Certifying body- The Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association, having agreed to participate in the National Certification Program as established by the 1994 Kansas City Planning Committee Guidelines.  The Kansas City Planning Committee being a body created at a joint meeting of The Academy of Certified Polygraphists, The National Polygraph Association, The American Association of Police Polygraphists, The American Polygraph Association, State License Boards and members of state and regional associations in a joint meeting in Kansas City in January of 1994.


2. Polygraph- an instrument capable of simultaneously recording a breathing pattern, a cardiovascular pattern and galvanic skin response.  This section does not preclude the use of other instrumentation in connection with research or other experimentation recognized by the certifying body.


3. Continuing Education- shall include, at a minimum, attending at any schooling, training or seminar related to polygraph.  Further, courses may include those that would help a polygraph examiner develop skills and knowledge used in the polygraph profession or other courses approved by the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.  These courses could, at a minimum, be taken through any state, regional or national polygraph association, any criminal justice agency, a college or university or a correspondence course offered by any of these providers.




To qualify for initial certification to become a certified polygraph examiner (CPE), the applicant must meet the following qualifications:


1. The polygraph examiner must have graduated from a polygraph school recognized by at least one of the national polygraph organizations represented at the Kansas City National Certification Organizational Program in Kansas City in 1994.


2. The polygraph examiner must have four years polygraph experience and document 32 hours of continuing education since graduation from polygraph school.


3. The polygraph examiner must have conducted a minimum of 200 polygraph examinations.  At least 20 of these must have been conducted in the year before application to become a certified polygraph examiner.


4. The applicant must be of sound moral character.  Further, the applicant must abide by the laws, regarding polygraph and it’s use, of the federal, state and local governments in which the applicant practices.




1. Applicants must be residents of Oregon, Washington, or Idaho.  If the applicant does not reside in any of these states the applicant needs to apply for certification in the state in which the polygraph examiner resides.  If there is not a certifying body available within the state, the applicant must apply to the certifying body nearest to the applicant.  Residents of adjoining states without certification program may apply for certification through the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.  They need not be members of the association.


2. Any polygraph examiner not meeting the minimum qualifications for certification, or having otherwise failed to be accepted as a certified polygraph examiner, shall not again apply for at least 12 months.  Once certification has been denied, the applicant cannot apply to a different certifying body.  Subsequent initial application can only be made to the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.


3. Application for initial certification and renewal will be on a form prescribed for such purpose.




1. Every three years, a CPE wishing to continue in the Program must apply for renewal of certification and submit documentation of having completed at least 38 hours of continuing education within the preceding 3 year period.


2. For renewal the Member must have conducted a minimum of 20 examinations during the previous three year period.


3. If the CPE has moved out of the region during a period of renewal the CPE may apply through the new state/region of residence.  The CPE will only be required to meet the renewal requirements of the renewing state/region.


4. A renewal application will be sent the Member prior to the conclusion of the three year certification period.




The fee charged for initial certification shall be $15.  The fee for renewal shall be $10.  The fees shall be used to establish a fund for the continuous operation of the Certification Program.  




1. A grievance committee appointed by the Association President will investigate grievances or complaints brought to the attention of the association.  Complaints can include, but are not limited to; illegal activity or unethical behavior.  The committee, after investigation, may dismiss the complaint or, after a hearing, the committee may suspend the designation of certified polygraph examiner.


2. A polygraph examiner who is the subject of any grievance committee action may appeal the decision of the committee pursuant to rules as outlined in the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association bylaws.




The committee members shall be appointed by the President of the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.  It shall be the duty of this committee to investigate grievances or complaints presented in writing to the committee.  These complaints can include, but not be limited to, unethical or illegal activity.  The complaint can be made anonymously, however it must contain specifics (name of persons involved, dates and times, possible witnesses, etc) as to the act involved.




Polygraph Certification can not be suspended or revoked without a hearing.


Any hearing must be held within thirty days of completion of the committee’s investigation.


The committee chair will serve as the hearing officer in an open meeting with at least two other grievance members present.  The date shall be chosen by the committee chair.  The charged party will be notified by certified or registered mail, return receipt, of the specific allegations, and the date, time and location of the hearing.


The committee has the right to call any witnesses it sees fit.  The charged person may present any persons the individual believes has information or bearing on the case.  The charged person shall have a right to question any witnesses.  A charged person need not appear for the hearing to proceed and such absence will not be held against the charged person.


A majority vote of the committee present is necessary for a finding.  The committee may choose to dismiss the charge, accept the resignation of the polygraph examiner, or to suspend or revoke certification status.


Any decision may be appealed by the charged person to the certified membership present at the next meeting of the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.  The charged person must notify the committee in writing of the intent to appeal.  Notice will then be given to the certified membership so that all have the opportunity to attend.  Reversal of a committee action shall require a two-third affirmative vote of the certified members present.  The decision of the certified membership is final.


A suspension shall not last longer than a period of one year.  Upon suspension or revocation the charged person shall be notified by certified or registered mail, return receipt.  No person who had the designation of Certified Polygraph Examiner revoked shall be allowed to reapply through any other certifying body.


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