Course Introduction

Diploma in Document and Handwriting Examination

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum
  • FAQ
  • Case Studies
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The Professional Diploma in Document and Handwriting Examination by SIFS India is a specialized course designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify forgeries and examine documents and handwriting to determine authenticity.

The course covers various aspects of document examination, including document analysis, handwriting analysis, signature verification, and various paper analysis techniques. The in-depth coverage of key topics will equip you with the expertise required to successfully handle complex cases and explore new opportunities in the field.

This course covers an overview of documents as evidence, document photographing methods, examination and comparison of handwriting samples, identifying different types of forged signatures, physical and chemical examination of papers, types of ink and their identification, types of writing and printing instruments, types of printing, identification of security features in legal documents, document examination techniques, and usage of different types of instruments.

Lectures are delivered by industry experts, bringing their real-world experiences to the virtual classroom. Your diploma will bring you global recognition.

So whether you are looking for career advancement or a transition into a new field, it will open several doors for you, like working for government agencies, private investigation firms, the banking sector, forensic laboratories, insurance companies, academic institutes, or as a legal service consultant.

  • Curriculum


    This module covers document examination concepts, documents as evidence during legal proceedings, historical development, document examination principles, and the collection and preservation of documents as evidence. You will also learn about ethical considerations, common challenges faced by experts while examining documents, and the steps involved in presenting examination reports in court.


    In this module, you will learn about document photography techniques and their role in documenting and preserving records, along with methods to capture conventional and unconventional document surfaces using appropriate cameras and light sources. The module also covers the study of photomicrography (microscopic examination of documents), image processing techniques (ensuring image clarity for analysis), and other crucial photography skills required for effective document analysis and preservation.


    This module focuses on handwriting fundamentals, writing instruments, handwriting systems, principles of handwriting examination, differences between class characteristics and individual characteristics, factors affecting handwriting, and natural variations and fundamental divergences present in handwriting. You will also gain insights about examining and comparing handwriting samples, the importance of report writing, and common challenges encountered during handwriting examination.


    In this module, you will learn about signature examination, signature-related forgeries and their history, methods to differentiate between genuine and fake signatures, methods of producing forged signatures (traced forgeries, simulated forgeries by memory, spurious signatures, impersonation, spouses' imitation, and forgery by transplantation), identification and examination of forged signatures, evaluation of non-original signatures, assisted or guided signatures, types of electronic signatures, and the challenges encountered during examination.


    This module covers paper and ink examination, including visual examination methods (color, finish, watermark, cutting, size, rounded corners, and binding), physical examination methods (thickness, paper type (wove or laid), opacity, and wire marks), detailed ink examination, types of ink and their compositions, and ink identifying methods. You will learn both non-destructive and destructive techniques for ink analysis, along with ink and paper dating techniques.


    This module covers the study of writing and printing instruments, like pen and pencil (types and comparative examination of features of pen), typewriter (types and working). You will also learn about typescripts, printers, duplicate typescript examination printers, the workings of fax machines, and photocopiers to examine typewritten and printed documents (photocopies, facsimile/fax documents, manipulated fax, and fax handwriting) that assist in identifying the typist, along with the role of cameras and scanners in document production and examination.


    This module covers alterations present in documents (obliteration, addition, and deletion), techniques to detect alterations, indented documents and charred documents, and examination methods to examine damaged or partially destroyed materials. You will also learn about anonymous letters, secret writing techniques, and the difference between holographic and allographic documents, along with the knowledge to handle a wide range of questioned documents.


    This module introduces you to different types of printing methods, like letterpress/relief printing, lithography printing, gravure/intaglio printing, raised printing, and screen printing. You will gain essential skills to identify distinctive features associated with each printing technique that will help you accurately determine the origin of printed materials.


    In this module, you will learn about security features present in various important documents (voter ID cards, driving licenses, national ID cards, passports, stamps and e-stamp papers, bankers' cheques, QR codes, bar codes), identification features on Indian and other currencies, and seal and seal impressions. This module will prepare you to authenticate the documents required to prevent fraud and maintain the security of important records and assets.


    This module covers essential tools and techniques needed for document analysis and verification, including basic tools like magnifying glasses, scales, and cameras, and specialized tools like microscopes (stereomicroscopes and comparison microscopes), Video Spectral Comparator (VSC), Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA), various light spectrums (visible, ultraviolet, and infrared), chromatography, and spectrometry.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this professional course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India; all you have to do is write an email to requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents do I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents is received to

  • How do I login to the portal for my professional course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers. 

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in. 

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for a professional course?

    You can easily access our professional course on mobile or tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this professional course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this professional course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be one hour.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the professional course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the professional course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the professional course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the professional course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Peter Weinberger Kidnapping Case Study

This is the case of a month old Peter Weinberger kidnapping.

Betty Weinberger, his mother, lived in Westbury, New York. One day, on July 4, 1956, she covered him in a blanket and placed him in his carriage in the yard of their home. The baby was sleeping when she went inside for a few minutes and got busy with some work.

After a few minutes, when she returned to look for her son, to her surprise, he was missing, the carriage was empty, and a ransom note was lying in it.

The kidnapper conveyed his apologies in the note for his deed but said he did all that because he deliberately needed money. As ransom, he asked for $2000 and promised to return the baby safely the next day if his demand was fulfilled.

The mother approached the Nassau County Police Department despite being warned by the kidnapper to kill the baby if she made the wrong move.

Morris Weinberger requested newspapers print the story of his son’s kidnapping. However, one newspaper accepted his request, and the kidnapping made the front page of the New York Daily News.

Despite several tactics implemented by the police, the kidnapper never showed up.

After six days of kidnapping on July 10, the kidnapper called the Weinberger and asked them to drop money at two different times with complete instructions. However, he never showed up at either of the locations.

At the second location, police found a blue cloth bag carrying a handwritten note. The note contained instructions on where to find the baby if everything goes as per his plan.

Handwriting experts examined the note by comparing it with the ransom note and confirmed that both were written by the same person.

The FBI entered the case on July 11, after the required seven-day waiting period.

They first established temporary headquarters that operated 24 hours a day for their employees from the New York Field Office—agent and support—in Mineola, Long Island. These headquarters were directed by the New York Field Office’s special agent in charge.

Ransom notes were the only evidence until then. Handwriting experts from the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C., were called to New York to give crash course training to special agents in handwriting examinations.

These newly trained agents then began their investigation process and started examining a huge volume of handwriting specimens maintained by the New York State Motor Vehicle Bureau, federal and state probation offices, schools, aircraft plants, and various municipalities.

They examined and eliminated around two million samples. And on August 22, 1956, their search ended. The writing in the ransom note was found to be similar to the writing in the probation file of one Angelo LaMarca, who was arrested by the Treasury Department for bootlegging.

He was a truck driver and a taxi dispatcher and lived with his wife and two children in Plainview, New York. He was in debt. He had several unpaid bills, lived in a costly house, and was frequently threatened by a loan shark.

On July 4, 1956, he was driving around Westbury, seven miles away, thinking about ways he could get the money to come out of debt.

This was when he saw Mrs. Weinberger leaving her son in the baby carriage and going inside the house. At this time, he kidnapped Peter, left a ransom note, and went off.

LaMarca was arrested on August 23, 1956, from his home by FBI agents and Nassau County police. However, he denied his involvement in the case but later confessed when showing the handwriting comparisons.

He said he went to the first drop-off site with the baby in the car but got scared to see the police and the press in that area. So, he abandoned the baby alive in a heavy bush near a highway exit and went home.

FBI agents and Nassau County Police performed a search of the area and discovered the decomposed remains of Peter Weinberger.

In late 1956, LaMarca was tried and convicted by the jury for kidnapping and murder. On December 14, 1956, he was sentenced to death. Despite several appeals, he was executed at Sing Sing Prison on August 7, 1958.

Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

Reneta Barratt


My experience with SIFS India was great I have learnt new things, things that will make me a better person at my job and it has always taught me some new things about writing and the different types. I’m very greatful .



I'm grateful I had the opportunity to do this course was a great experience and I will encourage anybody who want to do this course to take the opportunity I learn alot and I will use the knowledge to better myself and if given the opportunity to better serve my country.

Anicie Deyonge


I am so delighted to joined this course . I have gained a lot from this course and I believe that this will prepare me for what work is a head .I would like to thank the lectures for their explanation they have done a wonderful job.

Sabriena Harrychan


I was a both a joy and privilege to be a part of this course for it has enhance my performance in my field of practice. The lecturers were exceptional in their delivery of knowledge making the course easily comprehended. 

Ricardo Singh


My experience with SIFS, is extremely wonderful, in relation to gaining a lot of knowledge and learning a wide variety of new things.



Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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