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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, or Law Enforcement Online).


Advanced Comparison for Tenprint Examiners

Description: This course, designed to enhance and enrich the skills of the fingerprint examiner, will teach 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:  A minimum of one year full time fingerprint experience is required to enroll in this course.

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; the use of National Crime Information Center (NCIC) code tables when submitting criminal history information; and an overview of the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specifications 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 Three-Day Training

Description: This course is designed for individuals with 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. This class is for the examiner with limited experience in face comparison and identification, yet has a current or upcoming operational need.

Length: 24 hours (three days)

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

Flash Form Training

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

Length: 16 hours (two days)

Prerequisites: None

Forensic Documentation for the Tenprint Examiner

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

Length: 2 hours

Prerequisites: None

Henry Classification Formula Refresher

Description: The class, which teaches participants how to formulate the Henry Classification, will benefit examiners preparing to take the IAI Tenprint Certification Test.

Length: 4 hours

Prerequisites: Classifying Fingerprints

Scientific Basics of Fingerprints—Classifying, Recording, and Comparing (2 1/2 days)

Description: This two and a-half day course provides a basic knowledge of fingerprints. Participants will learn the basic fingerprint pattern types and classification using the Henry System and NCIC. The instructor provides training that demonstrates proper procedures to effect an identification or exclusion and recording legible fingerprints. Note: This class if often paired with “Scientific Basics of Palmprints–Recording” which would add an additional four hours to the length of the class.

Length: 20 hours (two and one-half days)

Prerequisites: None

Scientific Basics of Fingerprints—Recording

Description: This one-day class provides 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: 8 hours (one day)

Prerequisites: None

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: 4 hours

Prerequisites: None

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

Description: This eight-hour class provides an understanding of the FBI Identity History Summary (IdHS) including the fields on the record, the codes, and the abbreviations the FBI uses to enter data. Information also covers the importance of the IdHS to both criminal and civil applicant agencies, and the importance of submitting dispositions to complete the records maintained by the FBI. Note: This course is NOT “Understanding the NCIC Record”...but certain aspects of the NCIC record will be covered.

Length: 8 hours (one day)

Prerequisites: None