North Carolina Polygraph Association: Serving the Polygraph Industry in North Carolina

Welcome to the North Carolina Polygraph Association Website

The North Carolina Polygraph Association is a 501c3 corporation dedicated to promoting the professionalism and integrity of the polygraph industry in the state of North Carolina. This website is the place to get up to date information on the North Carolina Polygraph Association. On our website you will find information about how to become a member, a members directory, an officers listing, our constitution, as well as up to date news and meeting information. If additional information is required, be sure to contact our officers, they would be more than happy to assist you.


NCPA Statement on COVID-19 (Novel-Coronavirus)

The NCPA issues the following statement in regard to testing during this period of social distancing. Please download our statement for more information.


Why should I join the NCPA?

There are many benefits to joining a local association, the NCPA for example. Read our pamphlet for more information specifically about the NCPA!


Continuing Education Approvals - View Courses

A listing of each course approved by the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board is available in our news section. New PPSB approval codes will be posted as soon as they are made available to the NCPA.

Annual Membership Renewal Fees ($50.00) are due January 1st

Annual membership dues need to be renewed each calendar year and cover January 1st thru December 31st of each year. Paid active members can attend spring and/or winter NCPA training without fee. A membership lapse of two years or more will require full re-application in order to renew your membership.

Current members please check the MEMBERS tab to ensure we have your correct contact information. Please email the NCPA secretary with needed changes as soon as possible.

Pay NCPA Member Dues Online
We now accept credit card payments online. You do not need a PayPal account to use this service.

Member Full Name

As always, you can mail a check. Be certain to include the member's full name and organization somewhere on the check.

Please mail all checks to the NCPA secretary/treasurer, John Vanderbilt at the
North Carolina Polygraph Association
c/o Mooresville Police Department
750 W. Iredell Avenue
Mooresville, NC 28115

Upcoming Meetings or Training

NCTC Senior Examiner Course

Date: July 12 - 16, 2021

NCTC is offering a FREE Senior Examiner Course at the NCSBI Headquarters located at 3320 Garner Road, Raleigh, NC Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16. This training is restricted to law enforcement examiners.

The Senior Examiner Courses are taught by fellow polygraph examiners from around the country. It's a great review of formats, TDA, and many other topics.

Register Online:

PPSB Private Polygraph Examiners License Exam

Date: September 29, 2021

Going forward all polygraph examiners wishing to acquire their private license and test for their PPSB private polygraph examiners licensure will be afforded two pre-scheduled opportunities to take the exam at the PPSB offices in Raleigh each calendar year. One test date will be offered each spring and another in the fall.

Annual Tri-state Polygraph Training

Date: September 29, 2021 - October 1, 2021

Registration Notice

We want to thank everyone for supporting the Tri-State Polygraph Conference. We are excited to announce that our registration threshold is quickly being filled, but a few spots are still available. To confirm available space, contact the GPA Treasurer Don Berecz via email at Additionally, our website will be updated should registration have to be closed.

The GPA is proud to host this year's Tri-State Polygraph Conference from September 29 - October 1st at the Hotel Tybee in Tybee Island, GA. Instructors include Steve Duncan, Mark Handler, and Erika Thiel.

Download Event Flier: PDF

Tri-State Conference COVID-19 Update

There have been several inquiries about how the Georgia Polygraph Association (GPA) is going to address the current COVID-19 variants issue during the Tri-State Polygraph Conference. The GPA, in concert with Hotel Tybee, will be disinfecting the conference center accordingly. The GPA recognizes and will adhere to the current CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings as pragmatically as possible. There will be a limited number of masks available for those that wish to wear a mask and hand sanitizer will also be made available. We are all well familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 and would ask that anyone displaying these symptoms not attend training for the day and should re-evaluate each day. Temperatures will be taken at the door every morning and after lunch with a digital no-touch thermometer before entering the conference center. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed into the conference center for training.

In order to assist potential attendees in assessing risks associated with COVID-19, the GPA recommends visiting the CDC website for information and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control. While these are recommendations and are not mandatory, the GPA encourages each individual attending the conference to review and consider this information and recommendations in determining whether they wish to attend the conference and, if they attend, the personal steps available to mitigate COVID infection and transmission.

Hotel Information

Hotel Tybee
1401 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Phone: 912-786-7777

Download Registration: Word


Wednesday, September 29th
08:00-09:45: Countermeasure research (2 hours) - Mark Handler
09:45-10:00: Break
10:00-11:45: Understanding base rates and reducing inconclusive results (2 hours) - Mark Handler
11:45-13:00: Lunch
13:00-14:45: ESS-Multinomial update (2 hours)
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:45: Developing Controls & Eliminating Inconclusives (2 hours) - Steve Duncan
Thursday, September 30th
08:00-09:45: Advances in PCSOT testing (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
09:45-10:00: Break
10:00-11:45: Trauma-related issues in PDD (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
11:45-13:00: Lunch
13:00-14:45: Updates on current and future PCSOT model (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:45: APA Standards of Practice (2 hours) - Steve Duncan
16:45-17:45: GPA Member Business Meeting
Friday, October 1st
08:00-11:45 Case review, discussion, Q&A, and scoring exercise (4 hours) - Mark Handler


Steve Duncan
A former President of the Georgia Polygraph Association (GPA) and the American Polygraph Association (APA). He retired from the Georgia State Patrol and spends his time as a guest lecturer and instructor for the APA and the American International Institute of Polygraph (AIIP). He is a valuable member of the polygraph community and we are pleased to have him instructing and attending the Tri-State conference this year. Mr. Duncan will be presenting on the APA Standards of Practice and Emergency Services Pre-employment Testing.

Mark Handler
The current Editor for the American Polygraph Association publication and is highly considered to be a leader in the field of polygraph research. He is a former law enforcement polygraphist and is a polygraph and credibility assessment instructor. He has written and co- authored approximately 70 peer-reviewed articles pertaining to credibility assessment. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Handler as one of our talented and knowledgeable instructors for this year's conference. Mr. Handler will be providing instruction regarding ESS-Multinomial scoring, Countermeasure Research, and Understanding Base Rates & Reducing Inconclusive Results.

Erika Thiel
A Board Member with the APA and serves as the Chair of the APA PCSOT Committee. She is a licensed clinical therapist and polygraph program manager, specializing in Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT). Ms. Thiel will be leading instruction on the latest PCSOT trends and recommendations, the PCSOT model, advances in PCSOT testing, and trauma-related issues in PDD.

Upcoming NCPA Training

Date: December 2 - 3, 2021

The upcoming NCPA Training will be held Thursday - Friday December 2-3,2021 at the SBI Headquarters in Raleigh, NC. Speakers and topics TBD.

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