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Fingerprint Classification and Comparison  

To properly classify and compare fingerprints, you must be well versed in the distinct characteristics of each type of print. Numerous “hands-on” exercises during this course will teach you how to identify fingerprint pattern types and classify ten print fingerprint cards using different classification systems.

You will learn about the three different groups of friction ridge patterns along with the characteristics of each group and its subdivisions. During practical exercises, you will study fingerprints to determine the friction skin ridge characteristics requirements for each of the groups.

We will discuss the three systems of fingerprint classification, Henry, N.C.I.C. and I.A.F.I.S., and the process for classifying prints under each. Utilizing the Henry system, we will also explain how to establish a fingerprint file for ease of retrieval.

Finally, we will discuss the process of comparing unknown fingerprints to a known record print. The requirements for establishing positive identification will be explored and we will explain the theory of automated fingerprint identification systems.

Topics Include

  • History of fingerprints
  • Fingerprint pattern type familiarization
  • Pattern classification determination
  • Fingerprint classification systems
  • Sequencing fingerprint cards
  • Finger, palm and felony (major) case printing
  • Print comparison and details used for comparison
  • Automated fingerprint identification systems


This course is designed for those who are currently active in the ten print fingerprint identification section as well as those who aspire to work as ten print analysts/technicians within a law enforcement agency. Agency members assigned to crime scene or investigative duty assignments who work directly with the processing and documentation of fingerprint patterns will also benefit from this class.

Course Length

40 hours


This course is available by contract only.
For more information, contact us at (904) 620-4786 or by e-mail at



Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online at and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you.

Please do not make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit the Locations/Lodging tab on our website at or call us at (904) 620-4786.