Polygraph Examiners Course

Course detail

Program area: Polygraph training

Course code: PEC

Course registration details
Session(s) Location Start date End date
23-01 English Ottawa 2023-01-16 2023-03-24
23-02 English Ottawa 2023-09-11 2023-11-17


  • Accommodations are offered to course participants. Our rooms are subject to availability and the request must be indicated on the course registration form
  • Meal plans are offered to course participants. The specific meal plan must be indicated on the course registration form
  • Travel grant funding is available to our non-federal law enforcement agencies


The Canadian Police College is the only institution in Canada where law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies can train to become certified polygraph examiners. By asking questions about a particular issue under investigation and examining a subject's physiological reactions, a polygraph examiner can reach an opinion as to whether a subject has been truthful or deceptive. Polygraph testing is an investigative tool that is typically used during the later stages of an investigation.

Format and delivery

Length of course

Three phases of the course must be completed within one year:

  1. the academic phase is a ten week course of theory and practice
  2. the internship phase is a two week period of practical application under direct supervision
  3. the certification phase is approximately eight months of practical application under indirect supervision.
Class size
maximum 14 students
Delivery setting
theoretical portions are offered in the classroom; practical exercises take place in a polygraph suite with polygraph equipment

Learning outcomes

Eligibility and mandatory requirements


Transfer credits

The graduates of the college's Polygraph Examiners course are eligible for credits towards the Bachelor of Arts in Policing at Wilfrid Laurier University. For more information, please refer to the Transfer credits section.


For more details or other information about the course, please email

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