Training and Records Testimony Team’s Catalog of Classes, Workshops, and Presentations

Welcome to the Biometric Services Section’s Catalog of Classes, Workshops, and Presentations. We hope you will find this information useful and take full advantage of the services we offer.

We all know that agencies must submit accurate and high-quality fingerprint images and criminal history data to ensure reliable and consistent searches are conducted within the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division offers state-of-the-art training for obtaining legible biometrics and criminal history information and the proper submission of this data free of charge to all authorized agencies.

All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number can take advantage of our products and services in a variety of ways:

1. The best way to obtain training is for you, or your staff, to travel to the CJIS facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia, for in-service instructor led, hands-on training. We will even assist you with your travel arrangements. Note: Travel/lodging expenses are the responsibility of the requesting agency.

2. For some of our products, we will organize and facilitate a video teleconferencing (VTC) session between the CJIS facility and your venue. If you do not have VTC capability or access, we will do our best to locate a suitable location near you for the event. This might be your local FBI field office or resident agency, another federal facility in your area, or a college/university or other educational facility near you.

3. An assortment of written training materials for some of our classes can be accessed through our website at www.leo.gov.

To request any of our services or products, please contact our office:

(304) 625-5279 (Training hotline)

biometric_training@leo.gov 

Course Mapping

Take advantage of our “Course Mapping” feature that allows supervisors, managers, and our customers in the law enforcement community to build your own training event.

Based on what you want to accomplish, our staff will work with you to identify a complete training event for your team, group, unit, or agency. For example, you may want to organize a two/three day or even a week long functional training event for your staff. Simply contact us through e-mail or phone and tell us your goals and the classes, workshops, or presentations from our catalog you want on your agenda.

Please contact us for more information, or to set up your event.

Visit us on the Internet at www.leo.gov:

  • From the LEO Home Page, click on the SIGS tab
  • Click the arrow beside BY ACCESS TYPE
  • Click UNRESTRICTED
  • Click on the BSS-TRTT Logo
  • Once you get into our page, there are several options from there including a link to all CJIS Training Courses offered free of charge!

Courses

Advanced Comparison for Tenprint Examiners

Description: This course, designed to enhance and enrich the skills of the Fingerprint Examiner, will teach the student how to apply the ACE-V Methodology to more difficult comparisons, and covers Levels One, Two, and Three of Ridgeology. This class will also benefit examiners preparing to take the IAI Tenprint Certification Test.

Length: 16 hours (two days)

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Classifying Fingerprints

Description: This class instructs students in the three basic fingerprint pattern types and the classification pertaining to each. Students will learn to select the proper deltas, cores, type lines, and other fingerprint characteristics in order to assign an accurate and complete fingerprint classification, and to devise the Henry Classification formula.

Length: 40 hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

FBI Criminal History Workshop (customized to each agency)

Description: This course is designed to assist agencies in reducing their number of rejected submissions and ensure information accompanying fingerprint images, such as identifying data on the fingerprint card, criminal history records, and dispositions, is included consistently and accurately.  Other topics covered include an overview of guidelines for preparing fingerprint cards/submissions and associated documents, using NCIC code tables when submitting criminal history information, and an overview of both the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specifications manual and the Interstate Criminal History Transmission Specifications.

Length: 8-16 hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

FBI Facial Comparison and Identification Training

Description: This goal of this five-day course, which offers a comprehensive review of all current face training material, is to raise awareness of facial recognition and facial identification concepts and apply this knowledge through practical exercises.

Length: 40 hours

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills, Adobe Photoshop  

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

FBI Fingerprint Examiner (FPE) Training Program: Concentration 2

Description: This concentration consists of a three-phased process where participants will be trained, evaluated, and tested in preparation for the International Association for Identification (IAI) Tenprint Certification test.

Length: Up to 10 weeks

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Flash Form Training (VTC)

Description: This training course provides flash processing procedures to external contributors.

Length: 16 hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Forensic Documentation for the Tenprint Examiner

Description: This course is designed to enhance the Fingerprint Examiner’s position in order to ensure the Tenprint Examiner can document and articulate the process used in determining the fingerprint examiner’s final decision (identification, exclusion, or inconclusive).

Length: Two hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Henry Classification Formula Refresher

Description: Participants will learn how to formulate the Henry Classification. The class will benefit examiners preparing to take the IAI Tenprint Certification Test.

Length: Four hours

Prerequisites: Classifying Fingerprints

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Scientific Basics of Fingerprints—Classifying, Recording, and Comparing

Description: This three-day course is for anyone interested in a basic knowledge of fingerprints. Participants will learn the basic fingerprint pattern types and classification formulas—Henry Classification System and NCIC. The instructor provides training that demonstrates proper procedures to effect an identification or exclusion and recording legible fingerprints. Note: This class is often paired with “Scientific Basics of Palmprints—Recording” which would add an additional day to the length of the class.

Length: 24 hours (3 days)

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Scientific Basics of Fingerprints—Recording

Description: This class is for anyone interested in a basic knowledge of how to record/collect legible fingerprints. Students will learn to recognize fingerprint patterns, techniques for collecting fingerprints, guidelines for preparation of both criminal and civil fingerprint cards, and techniques on how to avoid fingerprint submissions from being rejected.

Length: Eight hours (1 day)

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Scientific Basics of Palmprints—Recording

Description: This class is for anyone interested in a basic knowledge of how to record/collect legible Palmprints and Complete Friction Ridge Exemplars (formerly referred to as major case prints).  

Length: Four hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

The Data Behind the Fingerprints

Description: The CJIS Division is responsible for maintaining the National (fingerprint based) Criminal History Record Repository. In the electronic environment, it is more important than ever for agencies to submit timely, relevant, and accurate information with fingerprint submissions. This workshop will include procedures for submitting criminal and applicant information to CJIS. It will also include pointers to prevent the most common reasons for rejection.

Length: Two hours

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.

Understanding the FBI Criminal History Record (formerly “How to Read RAP Sheets”)—VTC

Description: This one day class provides an understanding of the basics of the FBI Criminal History Record, including the fields on the sheet and the codes and abbreviations used to enter data. Participants receive training on how agencies use information from the criminal history record and how the accuracy of information affects public safety.

Length: Four to eight hours  

Prerequisites: None

Who can attend? All federal employees, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies with an authorized ORI number.