Certificate Course in Fingerprint Examination & Analysis


Fingerprint examination and analysis are crucial components of forensic science used in criminal investigations. Fingerprint analysis relies on the uniqueness and permanence of ridge patterns on the skin’s friction ridge skin, which forms distinctive patterns known as fingerprints. The Certificate Course on Fingerprint Examination & Analysis is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to become proficient in the field of fingerprint analysis, a vital aspect of forensic science.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the Basics of Fingerprinting; Explore the anatomy of friction ridge skin; Learn about the formation and classification of ridge patterns.
  2. Collection and Preservation Techniques; Study methods for collecting latent prints from crime scenes; Explore proper preservation and handling techniques to maintain print integrity.
  3. Fingerprint Development; Gain hands-on experience in various fingerprint development techniques, including dusting, chemical enhancement, and lifting.
  4. Practical Applications; Engage in practical exercises and case studies to apply learned concepts; Develop hands-on skills in fingerprint comparison and analysis.
  5. Minutiae and Pattern Analysis; Understand the significance of minutiae points in fingerprint analysis; Learn how to analyze ridge patterns and other features to distinguish between prints.
  6. Legal Implications; Explore the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in court; Understand the role of a fingerprint analyst as an expert witness.

Weeks and Topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction To Fingerprints & Development of Fingerprints (Quiz 1)
  • Week 2: Fingerprint Classification & Types of Fingerprints (Quiz 2)
  • Week 3: Identifying Various Fingerprint Patterns & Lifting Fingerprints From Various Objects (Quiz 3)
  • Week 4: Recording And Comparison of Fingerprints (Quiz 4)
  • Week 5: Legal Perspective of Fingerprint (Quiz 5, Final Exam)

Suggested Readings:

  • Fingerprint Identification in Crime Detection by Dr. Surinder Nath
  • Courtroom Testimony for The Fingerprint Expert by Gary W. Jones
  • Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition by Hillary Moses Daluz

Grading Policy:

Course grades are based upon the following criteria:

  • Quizzes (10 points each): 50
  • Final Exam: 50

Course participants need to achieve at least 70% on the quizzes and 75% attendance in order to successfully complete the course.