North Carolina Polygraph Association: Serving the Polygraph Industry in North Carolina since 19xx

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.

Tri-State Conference Update from GPA President

I wanted to reach out to our neighboring associations and update your associations on the Tri-State Conference in October at Tybee Island, Georgia. It is my intentions to continue the planning of this event and we fully intend to host the event barring an unforeseen issue such as another national or state emergency order requiring sheltering in place. My intent is to provide as much social distancing as practical and place hand sanitizer throughout the conference room for easy access. I recognize that many government agencies have not allowed employees to register for training due to the pandemic. As of right now, to say that registration is low would be an understatement. I would like to ask if there is a way that each of you might send something out to your respective organizations inquiring as to a tentative number of people that plan to attend.

Our contract with Hotel Tybee requires the rental of 60 rooms. This is the same as it was in 2017 and we had around 100+ rooms rented. I don't believe it will be a problem this year unless agencies cut the budget in the training department; however, the amount of training for the price is really a great deal. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Regards,

Captain John Sweat
Criminal and Special Investigation Divisions
Phone: (770) 920-4913

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

NCPA Spring Polygraph Training Conference and Member Meeting

Date: March 19 - 20, 2020

The NCPA training scheduled for Thursday and Friday March 19-20, 2020 has been indefinitely postponed.

Several participating agencies have restricted travel for employees that has made the event impossible during these extraordinary times. The board will attempt to reschedule the event ASAP. That information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Also, remember to cancel your hotel reservation ASAP if you have one.

NCTC Senior Polygraph Examiner Course

Date: September 14 - 18, 2020

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Course Description
This course is specifically for experienced law enforcement Psychophysiological Detection of Deception examiners. The primary emphasis of the course will be on quality control, test data analysis, test question construction, and case review. The techniques that will be studied will include Law Enforcement Applicant Screening and Criminal Specific Testing.

State, Local, or Federal Government Polygraph Examiner Certified

Course Length
5 days/40 hours

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Conduct three- and seven-position scoring for test data analysis.
  • Properly construct test questions for screening and specific issue polygraph examinations.
  • Perform proper quality control for polygraph.
  • Conduct law enforcement applicant and specific issue polygraph examinations.

2020 Tri-State Polygraph Conference

Date: October 14 - 16, 2020

The 2020 Tri-State Polygraph Conference is hosted by the Georgia Polygraph Association from October 14-16, 2020 located at the Hotel Tybee on Tybee Island. 20 hours of APA advanced/specialized continuing education credit & 20 hours of P.O.S.T. credit for all law enforcement officers with O-KEY numbers. Speakers TBA.

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Download Updated Flyer/Itinerary


Wednesday, October 14th
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 Emergency Services Pre-employment testing (2 hours): Steve Duncan
Thursday, October 15th
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 16th
08:00 - 11:45 Case review, discussion, Q&A, and scoring exercise (4 hours): Mark Handler

Hotel Tybee Conference Facility
1401 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Phone: 1 (912) 786-7777

Reservation Information
Promotional Code: gpapolygraph2020
*$25.00 Destination Fee per room per night is waived for this group.

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