The Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners (O.A.P.E.) consists of approximately 80 members who represent law enforcement, government and private sectors who are dedicated to seeking out the truth while maintaining a sense of integrity, objectivity and fairness to all persons. The goals and objectives of this association are to promote and enhance high standards of professional and ethical conduct, encourage continuing education and training in the field of polygraph, encourage research into instrumentation and techniques, and to regulate the conduct of its members through the establishment and enforcement of a Code of Ethics and a set of Standards and Principles of Practice. Membership is open to all those individuals who meet the qualifications which are outlined under "Types of Memberships". While there is no licensing requirements in the State of Ohio, this Association does provides a "Certification" program whereby its members and/or other polygraph examiners who meet the basic requirement, can receive certification from this Association.


Membership is open to all those individuals who meet the qualifications which are outlined under "Types of Memberships".


While there is no licensing requirements in the State of Ohio, this Association does provides a "Certification" program whereby its members and/or other polygraph examiners who meet the basic requirements, can receive certification from this Association.



Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners: Statement on COVID-19 (Novel-Coronavirus) Policies

Based on the recommendations from the Ohio Governor's Office and the Ohio Department of Health, the OAPE recommends all Ohio polygraph examiners immediately postpone all pre-employment and administrative polygraph examinations until the order is lifted. This is due to the polygraph examiner's inability to safely maintain the recommended six (6) foot social distancing from the examinee during the average examination period of two to three hours and the need to place attachments on the examinee's person. In addition, various health safety measures may adversely affect or interfere with the examination process and results..


Ohio law enforcement agencies should refer to their agencies policy and procedures regarding polygraph testing and seek any additional guidance from their police legal adviser.



Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners: Voice Stress Position Statement

In an effort to avoid any association with invalid and inaccurate techniques in truth verification and detection of deception, the Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners has taken a position against the use of Voice Stress or any Voice Stress device. To date, no published validated studies support CVSA’s ability to meet the high demand of truth verification and detection of deception through validated techniques.


Our position is consistent with the national polygraph associations:

American Polygraph Association
American Association of Police Polygraphists


Statistically, no other techniques or developing techniques come close to the accuracy and validity of polygraph. Contrary to common belief, polygraph is accepted in American courts for its accuracy and reliability in detection of deception and credibility assessment.


The Ohio Association of Polygraph Examiners opposes the use of substandard practices in credibility assessment and detection of deception at all levels of the law enforcement community. Substandard practices place the society we protect at unnecessary risk. Furthermore, the reputation, trust, and confidence in reliable and accurate credibility assessment and detection of deception practices is paramount.