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Courses that will give participants a thorough understanding of the fundamentals, underlying principles, and practical methods of forensic document examination, emphasizing the use of best practices techniques.



forensic science society approved training

This training course has been approved by the UK Forensic Science Society for Continual Professional Development certification.

The course provides 49 CPD points, FSS members recieve a 10% discount. Further information available here 

Training Objective:

To give participants the recognised best practice skills required to examine a range of questioned documents and to be competent in producing stronger examination reports.


Course Outline:

Participants will learn fundamentals, theoretical principals and practical applications of a range of different techniques for document examination, focusing mainly on secure documents (identity documents, money, etc.). The course will also feature an element on best practice in producing reports for court. Where samples will allow, the course will be supported by practical exercises to assist comprehension, and participants are encouraged to bring their own examples and case studies.

Course Details:

● Document construction and security printing

● A study of print processes, the theory of light and colour (electromagnetic spectrum)

● Document examination process from beginning to logical conclusion

● A study of common methods of document abuse

● An introduction to RAMAN spectroscopy for comparison of different ink samples

● Accurate note keeping and the continuity chain

● Producing a document examiner’s report


The course is open only to forensic document examiners employed by government agencies wishing to enhance their understanding of the subject. Attendance is at the discretion of the lecturer.


At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:
● Identify print processes, document security features and common methods of document abuse

● Confidently carry out examinations of questioned documents

● Draw logical conclusions from their findings

● Present findings in reports that will stand up to examination in court

Assessment Method:

Practical assessment

Next Step:

Suggested further courses include

● Introduction to Forensic Handwriting Examination 


Training Objective:

To give participants an understanding of the fundamentals of forensic handwriting examination, emphasising the use of best practices techniques.


Course Outline:

 Participants will learn the fundamentals of handwriting examination, covering the underlying principles and practical methods. The forensic examination of handwritten and handprinted documents and signatures will be covered. The course is supported throughout by practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established and participants are welcome to bring their own examples and case studies. 



Course Details:

● The history of forensic document examination and the forensic document examiner 

● Systems, variations, qualities and features of handwriting
● Standards and processes for comparison
● Document Examiner aids and uses
● Handwriting, signatures and forgeries
● Abnormal and disguised handwriting
● The identification of erasures, additions or alterations on documents
● Handwriting examination from electronic images
● Care and handling of questioned documents
● Dealing with fingerprints on documents
● Handwriting opinion evidence and the expert witness
● Note-taking, integrity and the courts
● Recognised guidelines for forensic handwriting examination 


The course is specifically designed for anyone involved in forensic document examination, ranging from those new to the role or with basic training to the more experienced, wishing to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of forensic handwriting examination to achieve best practice. 



At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and will be able to:

● Demonstrate a good working knowledge of commonly-encountered questioned handwriting and the practical skills required for its examination 

● Carry out initial examination of handwriting using best practice

● Present findings in a clear and precise manner 


Assessment Method:

Written assessment


Next Step:

Suggested further course includes:

● Modern Techniques of Forensic Document Examination



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