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posted 08-31-2005 03:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ebvan Click Here to Email ebvan Edit/Delete Message
I was wondering if we could establish an examiner selection guide for posting on the front page of this site to help people find a competent polygraph examiner?

Simple questions someone seeking an examiner should ask:
Are you a graduate of an accredited polygraph school?
Does your state require a polygraph license?
If so, how long have you been licensed.
Do you hold memberships in state or national professional polygraph associations?
Which ones?
What is your experience in dealing with my specific issue?
How long will my examination take.

That should get us started. What else should we include? I don't want to get into a long discussion about specifics or which school or association is best. We may want to consider providing general answers the customer should expect to hear from a competent examiner. I just think it would be a nice feature to include. Actually, I think if someone was going to take a criminal specific or pre-employement polygraph for a gov't agency they would certainly be entitled to answers to the above questions and most examiners wouldn't be offended by them.

anyone interested??

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posted 08-31-2005 07:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for LouRovner Click Here to Email LouRovner Edit/Delete Message
I think that's an excellent idea! However, someone would have to verify that the information posted about each examiner is accurate.

For example, we would want to be certain that an examiner who claims to have graduated from an accredited polygraph school actually did.

However, once that's done, it gives the public some really valuable information to consider when selecting an examiner.

Lou Rovner

Louis Rovner, Ph.D.
Rovner & Associates

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posted 09-01-2005 09:51 AM Click Here to See the Profile for ebvan Click Here to Email ebvan Edit/Delete Message
Maybe I wasn't quite clear.

I am not suggesting that this bulletin board recommend examiners or endorse an examiner in any way. The board makes a bit of income off of advertisements and if examiners want to beat their own drum in those it is fine. I also think it would start competition between examiners that might inhibit the informational service the board provides to the public.

What I had in mind was a list of general questions that a person seeking an examination should ask a prospective examiner along with some general idea of what types of responses they should receive from a competent examiner.

A recent survey indicated that 47% of people who researched polygraph on the web were considering taking or arranging a polygraph examination, This does not include the 6% who admitted they were seeking means to "Beat the Polygraph". .
I would surmise they don't know much about polygraph.
Absent guidance from us, I suggest that most customers would go with some combination of cheapest, fastest and closest. Using those criteria doesn't necessarily do our profession the most good.

I think we should help them by showing them a list of good questions to ask before they get out their checkbook. If we are going to do this I would like to have as many examiners as possible provide their input. I think if we can come up with a decent guide, those who seek this board for help will go away with a good feeling about polygraph.

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J L Ogilvie
posted 09-06-2005 04:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for J L Ogilvie Click Here to Email J L Ogilvie Edit/Delete Message
Ebvan, excellent idea. I like the questions you suggested. If I think of any others I will send them on.

If I can do anything else to help let me know.



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posted 10-14-2005 07:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Lieguy Click Here to Email Lieguy Edit/Delete Message
Great idea, ebvan...

One of my pet peeves is that a member of the public doesn't even know the right questions to ask of a prospective examiner.

We need to educate them, for instance, explain the national Certification Program to everyone and how important it is to select examiners that meet this criteria.

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