How do I choose a Polygraph Examiner?

There are several factors to consider before you choose a Polygraph Examiner. These include primary training, overall experience, continuing education and the use of the latest computerised equipment & validated test techniques. In each section below, we have provided a brief outline as to what checks and credentials should be undertaken or verified.

Primary Training:It is paramount to ensure your chosen Polygraph Examiner has attended and graduated from an accredited polygraph training academy. To verify the accreditation of a Polygraph Examiner, this can be confirmed by visiting The American Polygraph Associationwebsite.

Overall Experience: A Polygraph Examiner should be comfortable in using a variety of test techniques and should only use the latest in computerised equipment. As with all businesses & trades, there are those who have more experience than others. The experience of a Polygraph Examiner can be measured by the number of tests conducted or the number of years they have conducted tests. Any Polygraph Examiner should be happy to discuss their experience and credentials with you.

Professional Associations:Qualified Polygraph Examiners must first and foremost be registered members of The American Polygraph Association. It is recommended you choose a Polygraph Examiner who is registered with a second and credible association such as The British Polygraph Association.  Our Polygraph Examiners are registered members of both associations as well as The International Society of Polygraph Examiners.

Continuing Education:Guidelines set out by The American Polygraph Association require Polygraph Examiners to complete training every two years as part of their Continuing Education Policy. These guidelines are set out to ensure examiners keep up with the advancements in polygraph science, research, and technology.

Equipment & Validated Test Techniques: Polygraph Examiners should be using complete and fully operational equipment which is maintained to the highest standards and the latest software versions.  Only the latest and validated testing techniques which have been approved by The American Polygraph Association should be used.

Countermeasure Detection:A qualified & quality examiner should have training and experience in identifying countermeasures, (attempts to “beat” the test).

Written Reports: A written report should be provided willingly, upon request and at no additional charge. A qualified and reputable Polygraph Examiner will be happy to put his/her opinions in writing.

Further FAQ’s

A lie detector test is also known or commonly referred to as a polygraph test or polygraph examination. It is one of the most powerful, robust and useful scientific tools in truth verification or the detection of deception regarding a specific issue, incident or event.

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In short, lie detector test prices vary throughout the UK ranging from £395 to £695 for a specific issue test with an average test costing of around £550.

Lie Detector Test Costs can vary depending on several factors from location, examiner experience, third-party providers, and the number of tests required. Therefore, it is imperative you check the credentials of the polygraph examiner and company before committing and ensure you are asking the correct questions.

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Although no forensic testing of any kind can be guaranteed to be 100% accurate, research gathered by The American Polygraph Association has suggested that qualified polygraph examiners can achieve an accuracy of 95% to 98% when an examination is conducted in an accurate manner, with issue-specific questions and using validated polygraph techniques.

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