Forensic and biometric services firm Ideal Innovations has conducted a new round of facial identification training courses.Topics included background on the discipline of facial comparisons, skeletal and muscular structures of the head and face, role of dermatology and hair growth in facial comparisons, age progression, and comparison methodologies and techniques.The need for this training was emphasized in an April 6, 2017 Planet Biometrics article about the new study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which explores the realities involved in real-time and archived video analysis (“NIST report underlines realities in facial video analysis,” 2017). The article states that while accuracy is important in a facial recognition system, there is also a need to have “trained facial recognition experts on hand to ensure that the matches are accurate.”The course is designed to be applicable to personnel at all levels of experience and backgrounds. Most recently, representatives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Government of Costa Rica attended the training. The class was comprised of detectives and professionals in the fields of comparison forensics, pathology, anthropology and odontology. The training was developed and conducted by Lora Sims, who is Chairman of both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). The training reflects the latest thinking and procedures that will be incorporated into the forthcoming certification of face examiners by the International Association for Identification (IAI). Lora is a Senior Biometric Examiner at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Forensic and Biometric Agency (DFBA), an IAI Certified Tenprint Examiner, and a member of the Face Identification subcommittee of the IAI's Science & Practices Committee.