Facial Examination Training Course

The Facial Examination Training curriculum is aimed at improving the skill sets of the analyst. The 40-hour course will provide the examiner with necessary skills and strategies needed when conducting facial comparisons. Topics include history, bones and muscles, dermatology, aging, hair, the morphological features of the face, and comparison methodologies. Set with a small student to instructor ratio (12:1), the course provides extensive comparison exercises that apply what is learned during the lectures with feedback from the instructor as well as full class reviews of comparisons. This course is perfect for Federal, State, local, or commercial organizations that have facial recognition systems and who are performing facial comparisons. We also offer a 10-day course for those who want more time completing comparison exercises with our subject matter experts.

Please contact us at [email protected] or call 703-528-9101 for large groups, the 10-day course, onsite training, and additional information.

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Our Students

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Who we have trained:

  • Australian Federal Police and other Australian agencies
  • NEC Conference Training
  • Target
  • Romania ATI
  • Michigan State Police
  • Swedish Migration Agency
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • LA Sheriff’s Department
  • Costa Rican Government
  • Defense Forensic and Biometric Agency (DFBA)
  • DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management
  • National Security Agency
  • West Palm Beach PD
  • Polaris Alpha
  • National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC)
  • Seattle PD
  • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
  • National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
  • Denver PD
  • Forensic Artists
  • Odontologists
  • Anthropologists

Our Instructors

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Lora Sims is a Senior Biometric Examiner at the DFBA and an IAI Certified Tenprint Examiner. She is the chair of both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). She has co-authored a training to competency program on facial identification & comparisons and is responsible for mentoring and training new employees through the tenprint and facial training program while integrating them into an operational environment.

Steven Johnson is a member of the I3 Advisory Board.  He is an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner and Forensic Artist. He was part of the first FISWG and assigned to the Training and Competency Subcommittee to develop standards for facial analysis training. As 1st Vice President of the IAI, he created, vetted and chaired the first Face Identification subcommittee of the IAI’s Science & Practices Committee – a committee that represents all the forensic disciplines and interests of the organization. Steve is a member of the OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board FSSB, the entity that is providing oversight and guidance to the various subcommittees of the OSAC.


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