DNA Academy Sample Set Training Goals
All trainees are required to analyze a minimum of 7 sets of data
(Sample Sets 1 through 6 plus the Competency Test / Sample Set 7)
- Throughout the Academy, the trainees will extract items from a sample set,
and will then be required to quantify, amplify, type, and evaluate their data
using GeneMapper® ID prior to extracting items from any other sample set.
This process serves two purposes – (1) it allows the instructors to readily
identify, address, and correct issues (such as the introduction of contamination
or the inability of a trainee to recover sufficient amounts of DNA during the
extraction process) and (2) it enables the trainee to receive immediate
feedback regarding their analytical skills, affording the individual the ability to
become increasingly proficient and confident. NERFI has found this holistic
approach to be the most expedient, valuable, and trainee-friendly method for
instruction of DNA testing methodologies.
- For the first three sample sets, each trainee’s DNA typing results will be
subjected to a preliminary review by an instructor to evaluate the trainee’s
ability / technique before they can proceed to the next sample set. If
appropriate, the trainee will be required to repeat all (or part) of the sample set.
Trainees experiencing difficulty in mastering the extraction techniques may be
assigned additional training samples or sample sets at the lead instructor’s
- The last four sample sets are self-paced, meaning the trainee may proceed to
their next sample set once the analysis of the previous set has been completed.
- Trainees will be encouraged to discuss any potential problems or concerns
with the instructors. This process, along with continued instructor oversight,
enables each trainee to receive instructions to repeat a procedure in a timely
manner, should the need arise.
- The trainees are also assigned f