The components of handwriting, such as pressure, slope and angle, all have an inherent meaning for each person. Handwriting experts can provide analysis on these meanings, usually in a report format. They may offer handwriting analysis for fun, or they may work in a more professional capacity, as consultants for law enforcement forensic departments.
To become a handwriting expert, a person must be proficient in what they do. Document examiners in particular must take an exam, after which they can become board certified. Specialties can include forensic science and forgery with concentrations in law or criminology.
As a matter of course, document examiners can provide examination of a variety of documents, provide identification, detect forgeries and verify that a signature is indeed that of who it should be. Whether for legal or authentication purposes, these experts can also detect counterfeits and fraud. They may be called to court as part of criminal investigations to give their testimony regarding the authenticity of documents involving forgery. They are certified in graphology and must have a keen eye for detail. Because they must be able to detect the slightest nuances within documents, looking for alterations and impressions, good eyesight is key, as is attention to detail. Good communication skills are also necessary, as these professionals must impart their knowledge on others, working with law enforcement agents, like detectives, on a daily basis. Those who appear in court should have excellent public speaking skills as well.
In addition to handwriting and penmanship analysis, experts can analyze photocopied or faxed documents as well. They often employ the use of state of the art software to aid them in their tasks. They may even offer lessons and classes on how to improve penmanship and make it more legible.