International Association for Identification (IAI)

Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification


Credential: Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification
Credentialing Agency: International Association for Identification (IAI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The International Association for Identification (IAI), Forensic Photography & Imaging certification is an intermediate-level credential for forensic professionals responsible for the photographic recording of crime scenes, accident scenes, items of evidence and any other items relevant in criminal and civil litigation matters that may be used for further analysis or enhancement, and/or visual reconstruction. Candidates must be able to image archiving, maintenance and preparation for printing or electronic display. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements and pass a written exam, followed by a practical exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training: Minimum of eighty hours of classroom training, or equivalent, in photography-related subjects.
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Association for Identification (IAI)

2131 Hollywood Blvd
Suite 403
Hollywood, FL  33020

Phone: (954) 589-0628

Fax: (954) 589-0657
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Applicant must possess a minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.

Applicant must be actively engaged as an examiner, analyst, practitioner or supervisor in the discipline of forensic science, whose duties include photography and have a minimum of two years of experience working in the area of photography and/or digital imaging within this discipline.

Applicant must have a minimum of 80 hours of classroom training, or equivalent, in photography-related subjects as follows:

  1. 40-hours of basic or advanced hands-on photography courses, no time limit
  2. 40-hours of forensic-specific hands-on photography courses within the previous five years

The Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicant must possess a high ethical and professional standing.
  • Applicant must submit two letters of endorsement, one of which must be from an individual actively working in the area of photography and/or digital imaging. One of which must be from the individual's immediate supervisor. These should be addressed to the Secretary of the Certification Board.

Written Exam

  • History of Photography
  • Basic Photography Principles
  • Digital Imaging Basics
  • Advanced Camera Controls
  • Proper Use of Lenses
  • Exposure Theory
  • Depth of Field
  • Light Theory
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Filters and Color Control
  • Close-up Photography

Practical Exam

  • The practical test shall consist of submission of ten assignments prepared by the applicant, seven of which are from a required list and three from a list of eight  assignments.

    Evaluation of the submitted images is based on a pass/fail basis, using the following factors:

    • Compliance with requirements
    • Technical aspects of the photography, which includes proper composition, good lighting, correct exposure, accurate color, and sharp focus
    • Images are properly processed and sized.


    Images are to be submitted digitally on a CD, DVD, USB drive, or in another manner as directed by the certification board secretary. 

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Forensic Photography & Imaging Certification credential has the following recertification information:

  • The IAI certification program requires recertification every five years. Forensic Photograhy certification holders must be working in the field of forensic science and must provide documentation that evidences the required amount of recertification credits as specified by the Certification Board and approved by the IAI Board of Directors. Continuing education/professional development credits must have been earned over the five year period since the last certification/recertification period.

    Continuing Education/Professional Development Credits may be earned by accumulating credits for various activities.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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ICAC

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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