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Fingerprint, Identity History Record, and Face Training Biometric Training Team

Fingerprint, Identity History Record, and Face Training

Biometric Training Team
Catalog of Classes

In order to ensure that agencies submit accurate and high-quality biometric images and criminal history data enabling reliable and consistent searches, the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division offers biometric and criminal history training 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. Courses are routinely offered at the CJIS Division facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Note: Travel/lodging expenses are the responsibility of the requesting agency.
  2. Alternative delivery methods, including video teleconferencing are available. 
  3. Multiple courses can be offered sequentially upon request.

Contact Information

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

Phone: (304) 625-5279
Fax: (304) 625-2337
E-mail: biometric_training@leo.gov

You can also access our information online at www.leo.gov (call (304)625-2618 for access to LEO).


Advanced Comparison for Tenprint Examiners

Description: This course is designed to enhance and enrich the skills of the experienced fingerprint examiner, teaching students to apply the ACE-V Methodology to more difficult comparisons, and covers Levels One, Two, and Three of Ridgeology. This class will also be beneficial for examiners preparing to take the IAI Tenprint Certification Test.

Length: 16 hours (two days)

Prerequisites:  None

Criminal History Workshop (customized to each agency)

Description: This course is designed to assist agencies in reducing the number of rejected submissions and ensure information accompanying biometric images, such as biographic data, charges, and dispositions, are included consistently and accurately. Other topics covered include an overview of guidelines for preparing submissions and associated documents; using National Crime Information Center (NCIC) code tables when submitting criminal history information; and an overview of the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specifications (EBTS) Manual. Other topics can be included per the student’s request.

Length: 8-16 hours (one to two days)

Prerequisites: None

Face Comparison and Identification Training

Description: This course is designed for individuals with limited experience and at least monthly interaction with face comparisons through the use of an automated face recognition system or through laboratory analysis of photographic or video evidence.

Length: 24 hours (three days)

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills, knowledge of Adobe Photoshop software is recommended.

Scientific Basics of Fingerprints—Classifying, Recording, and Comparing, Including the Scientific Basics of Palmprints - Recording

Description: This course is for anyone interested in obtaining a basic knowledge of fingerprints. Participants will learn the basic fingerprint pattern types and classification using the Henry  and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) systems. The  training  demonstrates proper procedures to effect an identification or exclusion. In addition, the course includes techniques to  record/collect legible fingerprints and palmprints, including complete friction ridge exemplars formerly referred to as major case prints, if requested. 

Length: 24 hours

Prerequisites: None

Understanding the FBI Identity History Summary—External Next Generation Identification (NGI) Response

Description: This course provides an understanding of the FBI Identity History Summary (IdHS) generated as a result of the NGI search. Topics covered include the fields, the codes, and the abbreviations the FBI uses to enter data. Additionally, the course emphasizes the importance of the IdHS to both criminal and civil applicant agencies, as well as the importance of submitting dispositions to complete the FBI record. Note: This course is NOT “Understanding the NCIC Record”. However certain aspects of the NCIC record will be covered.

Length: 8 hours (one day)

Prerequisites: None

Universal Latent Workstation Software (ULW) Workshop

Description:   This course is designed for latent print examiners who work cases and enter latent fingerprints for search through the Next Generation Identification (NGI) using the ULW software.  Some of the processes covered include:  scanning a latent fingerprint; encoding minutiae points; completing ridge counts; saving to proper folders; sending to the NGI for search; and conducting comparisons of fingerprints with possible candidates returned from the NGI.

Length:  8 hours (one day)

Prerequisites: Must be a latent examiner and basic computer skills recommended