AAPP Membership Requirements


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Definitions (Article III):

  1. RECOGNIZED POLYGRAPH SCHOOL: One designated as such by the Board of Directors. Recognition will be based upon licensing and/or authorization granted by the appropriate government body when necessary for the school to operate in its physical location. If no such licensing and/or authorization exists or is necessary, the Board of Directors may grant recognition to the school. Additionally, this recognition shall be based upon the professional ethics of the school, instructors and curriculum, and other items which the Board of Directors believes pertinent in granting recognition.

  2. AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATION: A duly constituted law enforcement, investigative or intelligence agency acting pursuant to a grant of authority of the United States, a state government or a local government.

  3. LAW ENFORCEMENT POLYGRAPHISTS: Any United States citizen who is a current employee, salaried or contract, of an American Law Enforcement Organization whose responsibilities include the administration of polygraph examinations for that employer; has met licensing/certification requirements mandated in the state of residence/practice; and is a graduate of an AAPP recognized polygraph school. Any foreign member who is current and in good standing with the AAPP on the date of acceptance (April 18, 2007) of the change to this definition is hereby grandfathered in the respective current membership status as long as such member remains current and in good standing. Foreign members who are in intern status on April 18, 2007 will remain eligible to upgrade to Active Member. Should a foreign member not remain current and in good standing, he will be dropped from the rolls and must reapply pursuant to the constitution and by-laws in force at the time of re-application.

  4. POLYGRAPH: An instrument capable of the simultaneous, visual and permanent recording of changes in a person's respiration, galvanic skin response and cardiovascular systems. Other psychophysiological responses may also be recorded, but only in addition to and never in replacement of the above-listed.



There are six (6) classes of membership:

  • Active
    • Must be a law enforcement polygraphist as defined in Article III.
    • Must have demonstrated proficiency in the administration of polygraph examinations.
    • To maintain Active membership it is necessary to attend within every two-calendar-year period at least one recognized polygraph seminar. Seminars qualifying are those conducted by the AAPP, an AAPP-recognized polygraph school, or a formally organized national, regional or state polygraph organization.
    • Active members shall have the right to vote if the member's dues for that year are paid prior to the Annual Meeting.
    • Active members may hold any AAPP office.
    • Active members may serve on any AAPP committee.
  • Honorary
    • Any person not eligible for Active membership but who has rendered distinguished service and support to the polygraph profession.
    • Such person shall be nominated by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and approved by majority vote of the membership at an Annual Meeting. Not more than one honorary membership will be awarded annually.
    • Honorary members are eligible to attend all AAPP functions but are not eligible to vote or hold any elected
    • office.
    • Honorary members shall have the right to participate in any AAPP committee, but not a Chair.
    • Honorary members shall not be assessed any annual dues or any special assessments.
  • Affiliate
    • 1Any person demonstrating a genuine interest in the polygraph profession shall be eligible for affiliate membership. Such interest may be demonstrated by being involved in the manufacture or sale of polygraph instruments, research of polygraph instruments or techniques or other functions acceptable to the Board of Directors. Further, any current employee, salaried or contract, of any agency equivalent to an American Law Enforcement organization in countries friendly to or allied with the United States may also be eligible for Affiliate membership. The prospective foreign member's responsibilities must include the administration of polygraph examinations for the employer; has met licensing/certification requirements mandated in the place of residence/practice; and is a graduate of an AAPP recognized polygraph school.
    • The procedure for membership acceptance shall be the same as for Active members.
    • Affiliate members are not eligible to vote or hold any elected office.
    • Affiliate members shall have the right to participate in other activities of the AAPP, and may serve on any committee, but not as Chair.
  • Life
    • Life membership shall consist of all Past Presidents.
    • Life members will not be required to pay annual dues or seminar registration fees.
    • Life members have the right of voice, vote and eligibility for election to any office.
    • Life membership is also granted to those Active or Retired members of the AAPP who, because of exemplary support of the AAPP, are nominated by a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors and approved by a majority vote of the membership at an Annual Meeting.
    • No more than one Life membership will be awarded annually.
    • Life members have the right to vote.
    • Life members may only hold the office of President, or Vice President if the qualification for Active Membership is met. Life members shall have the right to hold the other elected offices of the AAPP.
    • Life members may serve on any AAPP committee.
  • Intern
    • A Law Enforcement Polygraphists as defined in Article III, who has completed the classroom portion of an AAPP recognized school but has not completed an internship. No sooner than six months after successful completion of an AAPP recognized polygraph school and successful completion of a minimum of 50 polygraph exams, an Intern member may apply for Active membership by sending a letter to the AAPP Vice President. The letter must be signed by a supervisor or Polygraph School Director and confirm the applicant has successfully completed the required 50 exams and the six month requirement.
    • The procedure for membership acceptance shall be the same as for Active members.
    • Intern members are not eligible to vote or hold any elected office.
    • Intern members do not have a voice at the Annual Meeting.
    • Intern members shall have the right to participate in all other activities of the AAPP, but not serve on any committee.
  • Retired
    • Retired membership is limited to those members that have been in Active membership status for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years and are no longer actively engaged in any type of polygraph consultations and/or the administration of polygraph examination.
    • Retired members shall not be assessed any annual dues.
    • Retired members are eligible for reinstatement to Active membership upon application.
    • Retired members shall have the right to vote.
    • Retired members shall be eligible to hold any elective offices other than President and Vice President.
    • Retired members may serve on any committee.
    • Retired members shall receive all mailings of the AAPP.



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Certified Forensic Law Enforcement Examiner -

The AAPP also offers a certification program to it's Active, Associate or Life Members in good standing, who have completed an average of 20 hours of continuing education credits annually of education in polygraph technique and instrumentation approved by the BOD, to include attendance at a minimum of one (1) AAPP seminar during the past three (3) calendar years.

Applicants must have graduated from a formal polygraph training course recognized and approved by the BOD of the AAPP; have completed a polygraph program of supervision by an experienced polygraph examiner (commonly referred to as an internship whether formal or informal); have completed 200 polygraph examinations; are currently active in the administration of PDD or polygraph examinations.

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