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The Profiling General Knowledge Exam & 
The ABP Boards


The Profiling General Knowledge Exam

The IAFC has implemented a Profiling General Knowledge Exam (PGKE). The PGKE was developed during 2001 by a committee assembled within the (formerly) ABP membership consisting of accomplished representatives from the investigative, forensic, behavioral, and general member sections. After undergoing scrutiny and testing via the PGKE committee, exam questions were ratified by the ABP Board of Directors. The PGKE consists of 75 questions relating to forensic science, victimology, crime scene analysis, criminal profiling, expert testimony, and professional ethics. Those taking the PGKE are given 90 minutes within which to complete it. Those registering to take the PGKE must be current IAFC members, and should study at least the following approved publications:

IAFC: Ethical Guidelines for Professional Conduct

Baeza, J., Chisum W.J., Chamberlin, T.M., McGrath, M. & Turvey, B. "Academy of Behavioral Profiling: Criminal Profiling Guidelines," Journal of Behavioral Profiling, January, 2000, Vol. 1, No. 1

Turvey, B. (2011) Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 4th Ed., London: Elsevier Science

The PGKE was first administered on December 15, 2001 at the (formerly) ABP's 3rd Annual Meeting in East Rutherford, NJ. It has been administered at each Annual Meeting since.

NOTE: Passing the PGKE is an important step in advancement of membership status within the IAFC, and signals that a certain level of knowledge has been achieved, but it should not be misconstrued nor presented as providing certification of any kind in the field of criminal profiling. 


The ABP Boards

The ABP Board Examination was developed to satisfy the testing requirements outlined in the IAFC Criminal Profiler Professional Certification Act of 2013 - Section 3.4 - Examination Requirement.

The ABP Board Examination is an advanced and comprehensive examination covering advanced forensic science, victimology, crime scene analysis, and offender character inference issues. Those IAFC members seeking to take this exam should study at least the prior list of publications for the PGKE, and the following additional approved publications:

Crowder, S. & Turvey, B. (2013) Ethical Justice: Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals, San Diego: Elsevier Science

Chisum, W.J. & Turvey, B. (2011) Crime Reconstruction, 2nd Ed., San Diego: Elsevier Science

Turvey, B. (2013) Forensic Victimology, 2nd Ed., San Diego: Elsevier Science

NOTE: The ABP Boards are required for Diplomate status, which serves as professional acknowledgement from the IAFC and The ABP Board of Examiners that a member has achieved an advanced level of knowledge, skill, and ability in the subject and practice of criminal profiling. It is the highest professional credential available for criminal profilers in the IAFC.


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