Course Info

Training Course in Questioned Handwriting & Document Examination

The Training Course in Questioned Handwriting and Document Examination teaches the fundamentals of forensic handwriting and document work. It is designed to equip participants with the knowledge necessary to launch a career in questioned document examination.

The training consists of 31 lessons which guide students from the basics of handwriting examination all the way through writing reports and appearing in court to render testimony. Each lesson is followed by an exam and numerous practical exercises are provided to demonstrate application of the principles involved. Actual case material is utilized and, in many instances, original documentation is provided for the student’s examination. Students are required to work several actual cases and pass an extensive final exam in order to qualify for the Certificate of Training.

Lessons Include
•Examination of signatures and initials
•Anonymous writing
•Disguised writing
•History of handwriting
•Handwriting measurements
•Complex writing features
•Evaluation of printing and numerals
•Handwriting variables
•Comparison standards
•Typewriting and fonts
•Writing instruments
•Altered documents
•Examining non-original documents
•Determining sequence of document entries
•Degrees of opinion
•Report writing
•How to appear as a witness
•The business of document examination…and more

Course Contents & Material
•Bound manual
•31 lessons & exams
•Supplemental material from actual adjudicated cases
•DVD containing all lesson material and exams in PDF and Microsoft Word format OR link to downloadable files (your choice)
•Measuring devices
•Digital USB microscope
•Access to numerous videos related to pertinent topics
•Additional course material (worksheets, report templates, etc.) available for download

Students may enroll at any time. They study at their own pace, with a suggested completion time of 12-18 months. Exams and practical exercises are returned for correction via email. The extensive final exam consists of a written theoretical test as well as a practical section that is an actual questioned handwriting case to be examined and compared in detail. Participants are awarded a Certificate of Training upon successfully completing the work with an average overall score of at least 80%.

Throughout the training Reed will be available for discussion of any of the material, either by email or phone.

Note: This course meets the minimum training requirements for forensic document examiners adopted by the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners.

Tuition for the Training Course in Questioned Handwriting and Document Examination is $2,600 USD. Pay in full up front and get an instant discount of $300. Payment plans include:
1) Payment In Full of $2,300 USD
2) Up-front payment of $500 USD followed by 12 equal installments of $175 USD, or
3) Up-front payment of $300 USD and 12 installments of $191.67 USD.

All payments are handled by PayPal, using either a PayPal account or credit/debit card. (Note: A PayPal account is not required. All major credit cards are accepted.)

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Sample Lesson
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