In some cases, however, physical traces may have been left on the environment and these need to be collected and analyzed according to accepted scientific procedures. Primary witnesses need to be interviewed and other corroborating witnesses and data sought out. Since well over 90 percent of all UFO reports turn out to be IFOs -- Identified Flying Objects -- after a thorough examination, it is important to ascertain if any mundane phenomena, manmade, meteorological or astronomical, may have been in the immediate vicinity of the sighting and somehow served as its stimulus. Everything from street lamps and advertizing blimps, to ball lightning and the planet Venus have been misinterpreted as UFOs at one time or another. Only by identifying and eliminating such mundane sources can researchers concentrate on the core phenomenon. With close encounters and other so-called "high strangeness" cases, a thorough investigation is even more necessary, especially where episodes of "missing time" and other psychological or physiological effects are reported by the witness es.
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To ensure that only competent investigators conduct witness interviews, on-site investigations, or formal contacts with public agencies and others, structured Field Investigator training is essential. All trainees must possess their own original, current manual or have a current subscription to the online version. Trainees must become completely familiar with its contents. All courses on MU are only available to certified investigators. However, you will have access to the examination section.
Full instructions on enrollment procedures are included with any version of the Field Investigator Manual. The exam consists of one hundred questions concerning light and optics, sound, electromagnetic properties, measurements, physical traces, photography, radio and radar, celestial objects, and atmosphere. Initially you will only have access to the Examination. If purchased, you will also have access to the Training Course or Online Manual. Once you have been approved as an investigator trainee, you will then have access to the remainder of courses at MU including courses.
These courses will provide you with valuable information about MUFON, ufology, policies and procedures, case management, investigative techniques, and much more. Field Investigator and Volunteer Onboarding courses are available and should be completed by every trainee after passing the certification exam. Email a color head-shoulders photo to hq mufon. The approval process will not progress any further until all the required paperwork and photo have been received and approved by headquarters.
Detailed instructions regarding the required paperwork as well as the required forms are provided on MUFON University when you take the examination..
You must then contact your Sate, Provincial, or National Director for further instructions. Typically they will have you work with an experienced field investigator on several field investigations before allowing you to attempt an investigation on your own. The Director will monitor your progress and will decide whether to advance you from trainee to investigator. Advancement to certified investigator is entirely at the discretion of the State Director or their designated appointee.
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