American Polygraph Accreditation Board

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The American Polygraph Accreditation Board (or APAB) was established in 2011 and includes 1,900 members in the polygraph field. It changed its name in 2012 to the International Polygraph Accreditation Board.

The stated goals of the APAB are:

  • The American Polygraph Accreditation Board conformity assessment programs—under which a company or an individual is evaluated and certified based on demonstrated ability to meet the requirements set by the American Polygraph Accreditation Board standard
  • Encouraging and supporting research, training and education to benefit members of the APAB as well as those who support its purpose and by providing a forum for the presentation and exchange of information derived from such research, training and education
  • Establishing and enforcing standards for private accreditation
  • To establish and maintain professional standards in the delivery of a portfolio of professional training courses in the field of psychophysiological detection of deception (PDD) work, encompassing a foundation-level syllabus and qualification
  • To formally recognize the successful completion of a portfolio of professional training courses in PDD work
  • To oversee the delivery of the training courses taking into account the quality and effectiveness of the courses
  • To establish and maintain professional standards in the delivery of an advanced-level PDD qualification based on an agreed common syllabus, to be delivered by education institutions and resulting in an Award at Certificate of Higher Education level
  • To formally recognize the successful completion of the advanced-level PDD qualification
  • To actively promote professional training for PDD specialists and to work with organizations with a common interest in the development of professional training and access to relevant programmes of higher education

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