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HELP WITH FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
 1.  What is Handwriting Analysis?
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What is AAHA?
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What benefits does AAHA offer members?
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Why should I join AAHA?
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How do I join AAHA?
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What does it cost?
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How much do handwriting analysts earn?
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How are professional analysts employed?
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How do I become certified and how long does it take?
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How do I get the required education?
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What do I get with membership?
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When is the next AAHA Conference?
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How do I get answers on specific questions about AAHA?
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How do I become a professional handwriting analyst?



Q: What is Handwriting Analysis?

A: Handwriting Analysis (also known as Graphology) is:

"The study or science of handwriting, especially insofar as it expresses or reveals the character or personality of the writer; the art (and perhaps the embryo science) of determining qualities of personality from script."
    Allport and Vernon

"The first known systematic attempts to study and describe the relationship between handwriting traits and character traits were made in Italy at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century."
    Roman, Klara "Handwriting, A Key to Personality" (p. 3)


"It can be subsumed under the larger science of expressive movements, in which it occupies a unique niche; for of all expressive movements, handwriting furnishes the most reliable record. It is a gesture in space, frozen or congealed in time, ...psychologists now place graphology among (the) projective techniques."
   
Roman, Klara "Encyclopedia of the Written Word" 1968 (p. 169)

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Q: What is AAHA?

A: The American Association of Handwriting Analysts (AAHA) is a not for profit 501(c3) organization, incorporated in Illinois and has been in existence since 1962. The AAHA mission is To Increase Public Understanding and Acceptance of Handwriting Analysis by promoting graphology and educating its members to encourage a professional practice of this remarkable science/art.

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Q: What benefits does AAHA offer members?

A: Members network, acquire mentors, attend area workshops, seminars and the annual international convention. Members receive a full package of educational materials to guide them in book and course selection that defines the areas of study.  After reviewing courses (live lecture and correspondence),  AAHA has prepared a recommended list. Members benefit, too, from the DIALOGUE newsletter and the online web site.

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Q: Why should I join AAHA?

A: You should become a member of AAHA to receive the educational materials, the newsletters, the membership list, and to take advantage of the lending library.

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Q: How do I join AAHA?

A: You will find a membership application on this website to download. Or, you can request that one be mailed to you by conventional mail or email. For more information, contact AAHA's Membership Chair

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Q: What does it cost?

A: For new members, the initiation fee is $15.00 US plus the first year's dues of $50.00 US. If you live outside the US, there is an additional mailing charge of $20.00 US or in Canada $12.00 US.

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Q: How much do handwriting analysts earn?

A: Earnings vary so much that it is very difficult to paint an "average" picture. Many use handwriting analysis as an extension to their main profession (i.e., psychologists, human resource officers, teachers, financial advisors, bankers, etc.) Many people in the US list their occupation as handwriting analysts or handwriting examiner. However, there have been no reliable studies examining earnings. There are practitioners who consider analysis as a "cottage industry," and are content to earn less than $10,000 a year. There are some certified professionals who reportedly earn $100,000 per year and a few who purportedly earn even more.

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Q: How are professional analysts employed?

A: The following list represents the most common places where handwriting analysis is used: General Public, Business Owners, Personnel Managers, Academics, Psychologists, Journalists, Law Enforcement, Investigative Agencies, the Legal Profession and Questioned Document Examiners.

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Q: How do I become certified and how long does it take?

A: To date, the most respected certification is earned through AAHA. Over the years AAHA has established a reputation for certifying outstanding handwriting analysts in the USA as well as for our international members from Canada, Israel, South Africa, England, New Zealand, India, etc., to name a few.

The Certification exam is a two-part exam. The first part of the exam tests one's ability to successfully apply the basics of handwriting analysis. The second part of the exam tests one's ability to produce an analysis from a variety of complex factors. Generally, individuals who take the exam have been studying for two to five years depending on one's learning style and available time.

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Q: How do I get the required education?

A: There are live lecture courses, correspondence courses, a few "schools," and several outstanding texts for those who engage in individualized self-study. AAHA provides its new members with guidelines to help in matching one's learning style with the books and/or courses that facilitate the quality and quantity of education.

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Q: What do I get with membership?

A: The membership package includes a copy of the latest Bylaws, an educational handbook, an AAHA pin, an Associate membership application, an affiliate membership card, Recommended Readings List and Recommended Courses List.  Booklists may be obtained from Mostly Books and GRAPHEX International.  You will receive discounted fees for AAHA conferences and workshops.  You will also have access to the holdings in AAHA's lending library, the Albright Library.

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Q: When is the next AAHA Conference?

A: See the Events section of this website.

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Q: How do I get answers on specific questions about AAHA?

A: On membership questions email Membership
     On the status of handwriting analysis in the US email
Public Relations
     On general graphology questions email
AAHA
 

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Q: How do I become a professional handwriting analyst?

A: Achieve AAHA's Certified level of membership. To prepare for this professional level, take advantage of the recommended reading list and enroll in one of the recommended courses of study. And, previous to this, successfully pass the Associated-level exam.

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