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The Profiling General Knowledge Exam

Board Certification


The Profiling General Knowledge Exam (PGKE) was developed in 2001 by a committee assembled from the membership. This PGKE committee consisted of the most accomplished representatives from each of the member sections. After a year of development, exam questions were ratified by the ABP Board of Directors. The PGKE was first administered on December 15, 2001 at the (formerly) ABP's 3rd Annual Meeting in East Rutherford, NJ. 


The ABP Board Examination was developed from the PGKE. It satisfies the testing requirements outlined in the IAFC Criminal Profiler Professional Certification Act of 

2013 - Section 3.4 Examination Requirement. It is an advanced and comprehensive 

examination covering the areas of forensic science, victimology, crime scene analysis, and criminal profiling.

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.

Recommended Reading

Chisum, W. J. & Turvey, B. (2012) Crime Reconstruction, 2nd Ed, San Diego: Elsevier Science


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

International Association of Forensic Criminologists (IAFC) Criminal Profiler Professional Certification Act of 2013, Ratified June 23, 2013

Board of Directors (2017) IAFC Memo Re: Professional Certification and Revocation, April 14.

The International Association  of Forensic Criminologists


 The PGKE & The ABP Boards

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