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This document examination training course explores the fundamentals of imposture detection and document examination techniques, from key definitions to the most commonly used security features.  Designed to cater for different learning styles, it offers a wide range of practical exercises that allow trainees to examine documents first-hand using basic equipment. This course does not aim to develop fully-fledged document examination experts, but rather empower trainees to confidently and competently conduct initial assessments of suspect documents and persons.

Status: MFHEA Accredited           Qualification Type: Award

ECTS: 2                                         Duration: 4 days

Mode of delivery/attendance: Face-to-face/full-time

Hours of total learning: 25 hours (Contact: 18 hours/Self-study: 5 hours/Assessment: 2 hours)

Language of instruction: English/Arabic

Address: Training Institute on Migration Capacity Partnership for the Mediterranean (MCP Med TI), Development House, 4A, St Anne Street, Floriana, Malta.

Modes of teaching

  • Lecture
  • Practical exercises
  • Plenary discussions and Q/A


  • Attendance (10 points)
  • Practical Application (20 points)
  • Final examination (70 points)
  • Pass rate: 60%

Additional Information

  • Dates for next intake: N/A
  • Educational programme fees: N/A
  • Registration method: N/A
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What Will You Learn?

  • Detect potential impostors by applying the imposture detection technique
  • Use the basic document examination equipment to assess the validity and authenticity of secure documents
  • Efficiently apply the document examination method to examine a suspect document

Course Content

Day 1: Introduction

  • Course introduction
  • Imposters
  • Introduction to Document Examination

Day 2: Substrates and Printing Techniques

Day 3: Personalisation and Additional Security Features

Day 4: Exercises, Assessment and Course Evaluation

English (UK)