Q.I’ve attended training with the Midwest Association of Certified Voice Stress Analysts (MACVSA), but the only training announcements seem to come from the IAVSA. Are you connected with the MACVSA in some way?

Q.I recently heard there was a merging of all the regional associations into the IAVSA. Is that true and why was it necessary?

Q.Will voice stress training ever be in my area?

Q.How do I join the IAVSA?



Q.I’ve attended training with the Midwest Association of Certified Voice Stress Analysts (MACVSA), but the only training announcements seem to come from the IAVSA. Are you connected with the MACVSA in some way?
A. The MACVSA has provided professional training to our members since 1995 and will continue to do so. The only difference now is that the MACVSA has merged into its parent company, the International Association of Voice Stress Analysts, Inc. See the below question which asked about the merger.

Q.I recently heard there was a merging of all the regional associations into the IAVSA. Is that true and why was it necessary?
A. Each of the four regional voice stress associations have merged into the International Association of Voice Stress Analysts, Inc. (IAVSA) for a variety of reasons. We continue to maintain approximately 1,000 law enforcement members and our mission remains the same: to provide professional training to our members at an affordable price.
The Midwest Association of Certified Voice Stress Analysts, Inc.; the Central Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, Inc.; the Southern Association of Certified Voice Stress Analysts, Inc.; and, the Western Association of Certified Voice Stress Analysts were all previously operating under the oversight of the International Association. The merger provides some distinct benefits to all of the Associations, which ultimately benefits our members and class attendees. Each region still provides professional training as they always have, but there is now only one Board of Directors, instead of five; one website; and one Secretary and Treasurer. One of the biggest cost savings is there is only one insurance policy that covers everyone. The cost savings is pretty significant. This is a huge win-win for our Association and members.

Q.Will voice stress training ever be in my area?
A. Prior to the economy taking a plunge and resulting budgetary problems at police agencies we typically held training in a large city and examiners came to us. While the venue and accommodations were really nice, it caused added expenses for agencies. We have changed that policy and now take our training closer to examiner agencies. Our attendance is much smaller as a result, but many have said they enjoy the smaller class size. Prior to this change, the typical class size for an MACVSA seminar was 100-135 attendees.

Q.How do I join the IAVSA?
A. It is simple. You must be a voice stress examiner and utilize one of the approved IAVSA instruments: Computer Voice Stress Analyzer(tm), Vipre Systems, or Forensic Voice Stress Analyzer. Click on the "Membership Application" link and submit the completed interactive form. Membership costs have been reduced because of the poor economy and can be paid online. Merely select the method of payment from a drop-down box. We've tried to make it as easy as possible.