About the School



On June 24, 2013, our Founder and School Director, Cleve Backster passed away after a short illness.   

Cleve made provisions for the Backster School of Lie Detection to continue in his absence.   Gregory C. Adams, M.A., is now the School Director and Chief Instructor.  His wife and business partner, JT is the School Registrar.  Greg and JT now own 100% of the business and school.  School enrollment will be limited to the first 30 approved applicants.



All polygraph schools are not the same! 


Many polygraph schools come and go  ... the Backster School of Lie Detection has been in existance for over 55 years and has conducted over 193 basic polygraph training courses. 


The Backster School is the leader in establishing polygraph oriented educational standards. It is the leading school teaching techniques for obtaining polygraph examination determinations exclusively through chart results, yet does not neglect emphasis on interrogation approaches where deceptive charts are indicated.


The Backster School of Lie Detection provides maximum technique emphasis and concentrates on law enforcement  and many other applications of the polygraph.


References attesting to the high standards of the Backster School can be received from leading law enforcement agencies using the polygraph. It is their consensus that the Backster School presents the most advanced polygraph examiner course.


The program of instruction is complemented by training videos of Cleve Backster teaching during various polygraph courses.  In this manner, students still have the unique opportunity to learn directly from the "Grand Master" and "Grandfather of the the Modern Polygraph Technique".  Other training video tapes include lectures on such topics as: court testimony; legal aspects; and polygraph procedure help to assist in the learning process.  Special course emphasis is given to usage of the most modern polygraph equipment involving computer generated polygraph charts and computer assisted chart analysis. In its library, the school has available books that can be checked out on a loan basis.




Approval Disclosure Statement

The Backster School of Lie Detection  has been granted Full Course Approvals with the American Polygraph Association (APA) following a December, 2014  on-site School Inspection that became effective January, 2015.


APA Approved Basic Polygraph Examiner Training Course

  • 10-week 400 total clock hours (Monday - Friday with 1 to 2 evenings and 1 to 2  Saturday classes) 
  • Instruction is in residence with class sizes limited to 30 students.
  • A certificate is issued for satisfactory completion of the academic phase of the course.
  • A final graduation certificate is issued after successful completion of a field project consisting of 20 polygraph examinations. 
  • Staff is available 24/7 to assist students and graduates.


The Backster School of Lie Detection is Accredited by the American Polygraph Association (APA). It is recognized by the American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP) and virtually all National, International, and Regional Polygraph Associations.  Completion of an American Polygraph Association accredited basic polygraph program is only one of the necessary prerequisites for membership in the American Polygraph Association.  This accreditation is not approved by the Board of Education so federal funds are not applicable.


This school currently does not have available sponsored programs, government or otherwise, to provide grants or to pay for portions of tuition fees.


Prospective enrollees are encouraged to discuss personal educational and occupational plans with school personnel prior to enrolling or signing enrollment agreements.



All information in the content of this school catalog is current and correct and is so certified as true by JT Adams, MA - Registrar.


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