APA Accredited Polygraph Programs
This list represents those programs that have agreed to voluntarily comply with the minimum education and training standards established by the APA. These APA accredited programs undergo periodic inspections to determine compliance with those standards. While seeking to establish minimum education and training standards, the APA does not certify that individual programs comply, from course to course, with these minimal training standards nor does the APA certify the competency of polygraph examiners who graduate from these programs.
A link to the APA accreditation standards may be found at the bottom of this page and under the Resources tab. Among these standards are: a minimum of 400 hours that will be completed in not fewer than 10 nor more than 17 weeks and must be conducted at a qualified education and training facility; a week shall consist of at least four but not more than six consecutive days; a day is defined as at least six but not more than nine hours, excluding lunch and breaks; at least 95% of the instruction hours provided each week shall be done so in the presence of a faculty member qualified to provide such instruction.
The APA does not recognize, for basic polygraph education and training, on-line or distance learning for any portion of the required 400 hours of in residence training.
Here is a link to download a current list of accredited programs.
*Notice Regarding the Arizona School of Polygraph Science, Inc.
On January 29, 2013, the APA Board of Directors revoked the APA accreditation of the Arizona School of Polygraph Science, Inc. with regard to their polygraph examiner training programs. Any classes of the Arizona School of Polygraph Science, Inc. which began after January 29, 2013, are not recognized by the APA as APA accredited classes.
To the extent that there are any ongoing representations by the Arizona School of Polygraph Science, Inc. or any school claiming affiliation with the Arizona School of Polygraph Science, Inc., to include but not limited to Wells Polygraph Institute or School of Polygraph Science, Inc. that their polygraph examiner training programs are currently approved or accredited by the American Polygraph Association, such representations are inaccurate.