Courses Description

Document Verification

Document Verification Courses

Document Verification Courses

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The Threat

Fraudulent travel documents include, but are not limited to, forged passports, passports in which the photograph has been substituted, counterfeit visas, visas which have been transferred from one passport to another, and visas which have been obtained under false pretences. Even the most sophisticated documents can now be quickly compromised and today's increasingly sophisticated and well-financed criminal networks are able to produce counterfeit passports and other identity documents which are very difficult to distinguish from genuine documents. Alliances between criminal gangs and terrorist organisations are today a matter of grave concern. All personnel who screen passports and other identity documents, therefore, occupy a vital role in securing public infrastructures. High quality training is the essential basis for expertise and efficiency in document verification and in the identification of illegal travellers.

In recent years, many countries have introduced carrier liability acts, also known as carrier sanctions into their law. Under these laws, airlines which transport an insufficiently documented passenger (a passenger who does not have a proper passport or authorisation to enter a country) have to pay a large fine, and also often have to assume responsibility for accommodation, medical, repatriation and other related costs. A relatively small investment in training can increase the proficiency of airline staff in verifying passports, and help them to identify inadmissible passengers, which can literally save an airline many thousands of dollars a year in immigration fines.

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The Course

Combining narration with interactive case–studies The Passport Course features chapters on facial recognition, ultraviolet security, contact less smartcards and a range of other components which may be altered by forgers. The course will update personnel on the increasingly sophisticated methods used by forgers and criminals to manufacture and alter passports, visas and other travel documents; and introduce effective procedures and sound techniques for identification of instances of forgery.

Chapters featured cover:
– Facial Recognition
– Ultraviolet Security
– Security Features
– Biographical Data
– Photograph Page
– The Binding
– The Expiry Date
– Pages
– The Inside Cover
– The Outside Cover
– Contact less Smartcards

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Is This Course Right For You?

The programme is designed for all personnel who oversee the verification of identity or travel documents including:
– Airport, airline and seaport security personnel
– Representatives from Embassies and Consulates
– Police officers and other law enforcement personnel
– Customs and Immigration officers
– Security managers from corporate companies
– Bank fraud prevention officers

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Course Outcomes

When you have completed the Passport Course training course you will be more proficient in identifying anomalies in documents and thereby have confidence in your judgement of impostors. You will also be more familiar with the terminology, vocabulary and phraseology used at the security checkpoint.

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Document Verification Test

The Passport Test


The Passport Test is designed for students who have completed The Passport Course as well as students with a background in document verification, who are testing their understanding of ever-sophisticated forgery techniques. The test combines a variety of styles such as multiple-choice, hot-spot, drag-and-drop and true-or-false questions. Students are given feedback for each incorrectly answered question.

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Participants who successfully complete the Passport Course and pass a final assessment test will be awarded a Security Training Operations Programme (S.T.O.P.) Certificate of accomplishment.

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