Face Center Of Excellence


Facial Identification Training Course Catalog

100 Series Courses

Fit for the Curious Beginner


F.I.T. 102 Overview Course

4-Hour Course

This class will cover a high-level overview of the basic tenets of the Facial Identification Discipline. You will have the opportunity to“test” your skills with a couple of comparisons as well as interact with a skilled instructor to answer questions during the class.

F.I.T. 103 Introductory Course

16-Hour Course

Created to the minimum standard for training requirement for use of a Facial Recognition system. Topics covered at a high level will include history, science & anatomy, morphological features of the face, and comparison methodologies.

200 Series Courses

Fit for the Professional Examiner


F.I.T. 201 Foundational

24-Hour Course

This course will provide the participant with a system-agnostic foundation to Facial Examination. Participantswill have the opportunity to conduct comparisons; learning key definitions, the stability of facial features,and contributions to facial uniqueness. Challenges withinthe discipline and agencies/organizations that are influencing the discipline are discussed.

F.I.T. 202 Facial Examination Course

5 or 10 Day Course

Created for a small student to instructor ratio (12:1), this course provides the necessary skills and strategies to apply to extensive comparison exercises with feedback from the instructor as well as full class reviews of comparisons. This course is perfect for Federal, State,local government, or commercial organizations that have facial recognition systems and who are performing facial comparisons.

300 Series Courses

Fit for Those Needing a Refresher

F.I.T. 301 Refresher- Review

16-Hour Course

Participants can expect to further develop their skillset with this general review that offers pertinent information and updates relevant to the Facial Identification practice with a focus on adult-to-adult comparisons.

F.I.T. 302 Refresher- Comparing Juvenile Images

16-Hour Course

This refresher class offers the same standard review as in our 301 – General Review course with an additional concentration on juvenile to juvenile and juvenile to adult  comparisons.

F.I.T. 303 Refresher- Population Variations

16-Hour Course

Participants will receive the same key information discussed in our 301 – General Review course while focusing on the differences that are present amongst different populations.

Meet the Instructors

Lora Sims, CTPE

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Lora is the Director of Facial Identification Training and a Biometrics SME currently employed by Ideal Innovations, Inc. Involved in the biometrics field since 2007, Lora has advanced through her organization, starting as a helpdesk operator servicing worldwide tactical operations support in tenprint and latent print identification and being promoted to Tenprint Examiner in 2008.  Soon thereafter, the system she worked on was upgraded to become a multi-modal system, integrating face and iris modalities to the fingerprint system, and her career evolved into the role of a Sr. Biometric Examiner.

In this position, she has co-authored an internal training to competency program on facial identification & comparisons, and been made responsible for mentoring and training new employees through the tenprint and facial training program while integrating them into an operational environment.  She also further advanced her own qualifications and capabilities by qualifying as a Certified Tenprint Examiner through the International Association for Identification (IAI) in 2013 and was recertified in 2018.

Lora joined the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) in 2011 where she served first on the training subcommittee and then on the One-to-One subcommittee. Lora currently serves as the chair of the Digital Multimedia Scientific Area Committee (DM SAC) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science and the chair of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG).

Steve Johnson, CLPE, CFA

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University of Iowa graduate, 20 plus year Law Enforcement career, with the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Davenport (IA) Police Department (DPD).  Served in the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions before assignment to the Identification  Bureau as an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner/Forensic Artist and acted as the supervisor of the Identification Bureau, Crime Laboratory and Evidence/Property Unit before and retiring from the DPD in 2005.

After a short tour as a Criminalist with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Laboratory, began a second career with Ideal Innovations (), working in Iraq as a forensics Team Lead for the first Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC) laboratory located outside Baghdad, as the Laboratory Manager of the first non-IED forensics laboratory that was sponsored by the Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS) in Fallujah and, eventually leadership as the Examination Service manager at Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFSC) Biometrics Operations Division (BOD), as a program manager on a number of forensic support contracts for the DoD and assisted with Quality Assurance/Quality Control support at the BOD.

Steven has also served as the Past Chair/current member of the IAI Forensic Art Certification Board, Past Chair of the IAI Facial Identification subcommittee, Past Member/Vice President/President and Chair of the IAI Board of Directors. Steven is a past IAI representative to the Forensic Science Standards Boards (FSSB) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science and served as the Chair of the FSSB from 2017 until 2020.  He is currently a member of the OSAC Face Identification Subcommittee and is a member of the Ideal Innovations Advisory Board.

Samantha Hedrick

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Samantha is a Senior Biometric Examiner currently employed by Ideal Innovations, Inc. Involved in the biometrics field since 2010, Samantha  worked as a biometric technician offering support to the examination staff within DFSC BOD. In the next year, Samantha advanced and became a Biometric examiner supporting the tenprint, face, and iris modalities. During her time as an examiner, Samantha also worked as a Biometric Examiner Trainer, Co-Lead developing and upkeeping Standard Operating Procedures and assisted the Quality Assurance Team.

Prior to her work in biometrics and forensics, Samantha served in the United States Army for four years as a Military Police Officer, while simultaneously earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University.

Samantha is also a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG).

Chelcey Tyre

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Chelcey is a Senior Biometric Examiner currently employed by Ideal Innovations, Inc. Chelcey started her career as a Criminal History Technician for the Delaware State Police collecting fingerprint, mugshot, and palm print images. Chelcey continued her career with DSP as a Forensic Fingerprint Examiner verifying AFIS examinations through Delaware/Federal databases. She trained law enforcement recruits in classifications of fingerprints and collecting biometrics. Chelcey then became a Biometric Examiner supporting the tenprint, face, and iris modalities in Aug of 2018.

Chelcey is a current member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) where she actively participated in the One-to-One subcommittee which focuses on standards and guidelines for all things related to comparisons of facial images.

Prior to her work in biometrics and forensics, Chelcey earned her Bachelor of Science from Liberty University in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology; minoring in Psychology.


Gerald (JD) Franzman

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Gerald (JD) is a Biometric Examiner currently employed by Ideal Innovations Inc. JD received a Bachelors of Forensic and Investigative Science with a Forensic Examiner track concentration from West Virginia University in 2016. In November 2018, he was hired to help support the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) Biometrics Operation Division (BOD) where he compares face, tenprint, and iris modalities. JD also supports multiple projects at the office and provides innovative ideas to help problem solve various issues.


JD is an active member of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) in the One-to-One subcommittee where he helps create and edit guidelines for standards and procedures surrounding Facial Examination. JD is also a member of the parent body of the International Association for Identification (IAI).

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