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The National Center for Credibility Assessment


For more than 60 years NCCA and its predecessor organizations have served as the government's premiere educational center for polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies and techniques. Its central mission is to assist federal agencies in the protection of U.S. citizens, interests, infrastructure, and security by providing credibility assessment training, oversight and research. Check the NCCA Calendar for the latest course offerings. .

Mission

The National Center for Credibility Assessment’s (NCCA) mission is NCCA carries out its mission by: to lead the credibility assessment enterprise by delivering premier training and education; program oversight; technical support; and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) services.

  • Determining the standards for and conducting polygraph initial and continuing education.
  • Conducting polygraph countermeasures education and research.
  • Advising the Director of DCSA, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)), and the Director of National Intelligence on federal polygraph technical matters, policies, and standards.
  • Auditing federal polygraph programs to ensure that they are compliant with federal policy, practices, and standards.
  • Conducting continuous research and development of credibility assessment technologies, processes, and instrumentation.
  • Supporting war fighter requirements for the employment of the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS).

Vision

Deliver premier credibility assessment services to fortify uncompromised intelligence, national security, and law enforcement capabilities.

Operating Imperatives

  • Strengthen the relevance and quality of training and education.
  • Maximize the accessibility of services through a mixture of in-person and virtual opportunities.
  • Demonstrate stewardship in the execution of all mission areas.
  • Serve with objectivity and full transparency always.
  • Seek synergistic collaboration across governmental interagency partners.
  • Foster a community-wide culture of innovation.