Biometric and Criminal History Record Training

This page lists out the most current catalog and schedule of classes, workshops, and/or presentations being offered by the Resources Management Section’s Biometric Training Team (BTT). If you would like to take a class from the BTT  menu and you do not see it on the schedule, please contact us with your request. In addition, if there is something you would like to see added to the menu, feel free to make your suggestion(s) to any BTT instructor or staff member.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about our schedule of classes or to request training from our course catalog:

Phone: (304) 625-5279
Fax: (304) 625-2337

Biometric Training Team Course Schedule

Development Opportunities Provided by the Biometric Training Team Resources Management Section

To register for a class, please contact our office at or 304-625-5279. Classes are open to current employees of federal, law enforcement, or criminal justice agencies with valid Originating Agency Numbers (ORI) on file with the FBI.

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.

Advanced Comparison for Tenprint Examiners 

Description: This course is designed to enhance the skills of the experienced fingerprint examiner, providing the participants with information on the application of the ACE-V process to challenging comparisons. This training is also beneficial for examiners preparing to take the IAI Tenprint Certification Test.  The course curriculum consists of presentations, facilitated discussions, and practical exercises.

Prerequisites:  Prior comparison experience.

04/11-12/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
08/24-25/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
11/16-17/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division


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.

(Knowledge of Photoshop software is recommended).

03/27-29/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
05/16-18/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
09/11-13/2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
10/31-11/2-20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division


Scientific Basics of Fingerprints – Classifying, Recording, and Comparing including the Scientific Basics of Palmprints – Recording

Description: This course is for individuals interested in obtaining a basic understanding of fingerprints. The participants will learn the fingerprint pattern types, classification using the Henry (if applicable to the agency), National Crime Information Center (NCIC) systems, and AFIS Pattern Classification (APAT) code. The course will demonstrate procedures to effect an identification or exclusion, and will cover recommended techniques to record/collect legible fingerprints and palm prints. The course curriculum consists of presentations, facilitated discussions, and practical exercises.

02/07-09/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
04/04-06/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
08/21-23/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
10/17-19/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division


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 an NGI fingerprint search. The topics covered include the fields, codes, and 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. 

03/14/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
04/03/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
09/12/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division
10/16/20178:00 am – 4:00 pmCJIS Division


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 importing a latent fingerprint; encoding minutiae points; sending to the NGI for search; and conducting comparisons of fingerprints with possible candidates returned from the NGI.

03/14/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division
09/20/20178:00 am – 4:30 pmCJIS Division