introduction to the science of Fingerprints


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2014 Class Availability

July 14-18


You need to attend this program if...

  • You want to learn the skills necessary to become a fingerprint technician
  • You want to recognize and properly classify the eight fingerprint patterns
  • You need training in how to properly compare and individualize inked fingerprints


The science of fingerprint identification is based on the uniqueness and permanence of friction ridge structures. Therefore, the ability of the technician to accurately classify and identify fingerprint patterns is essential.

The student will learn fundamental techniques of fingerprint pattern interpretation and how this information is used to accurately classify, compare, and identify fingerprints.


  • Arch, Loop, and Whorl recognition and classification
  • Scars and Amps recognition and classification
  • NCIC classification formula
  • The ACE-V methodology of fingerprint comparison and identification & its relationship to scientific method
  • Inked fingerprint comparison exercises
  • Glossary of Fingerprint Terms

This course is taught using numerous methods of instruction combining lectures with hands on assignments, Q&A, reinforcing quizzes, and practical exercises.

Note: This course is not a latent print comparison class, and uses inked fingerprints. This training is vital for any individual who wishes to pursue a career as a fingerprint examiner and is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Latent Fingerprint classes.


Johnny Leonard is a retired Deputy Director of the City-County Bureau of Identification in Raleigh, NC and is both an I.A.I. Certified Latent Print Examiner and Footwear Examiner. He has also worked for the FBI and the NC State Bureau of Investigation. He has been a latent fingerprint examiner for the past 30 years and has over 41 years of fingerprint experience. During the past 34 years he has instructed over 110 classes and trained more than 1000 students in the science of fingerprints.

Course Fees
The course cost is $600.00 per student with class size limited to 20 students. Please bring your magnifier should you have one and if not, one will be provided for the duration of the class. Transportation, food and lodging costs are the responsibility of the student.

To enroll, register online at  or call (800) 356-7311, if you have any questions. You can also Fax: (919) 556-6784 Mon. thru Fri. ( 8:00 am to 4:30pm EST) Unless noted otherwise, all cancellations made at least 21 days prior to class will be refundable. Cancellations made 20 or less days prior to class will not be refundable. The instructor reserves the right to cancel the class due to lack of enrollment with all tuition refunded.

Raleigh is served by several major airlines through the Raleigh/Durham International Airport, which is just a short drive from SIRCHIE®’s training complex. 

There are a number of hotels in the area. Call our Training Director at (800) 356-7311 for a complete list.

The course is held at SIRCHIE®'s state-of-the-art manufacturing and training complex Youngsville, North Carolina.