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Ufologists with The Civilian Department of Ufology (The CDU) are strictly on a volunteer basis. There are no membership fees in order to apply for a ufologist position in your area but certain fees are required for necessary materials.

1) Contact Mitch Stover, Director of Ufology at mitch.stover@thecdu.org with your name, State and City and explain in two paragraphs or less what led to your interest in becoming a Ufologist.

2) Purchase a copy of the CDU Ufologist’s Handbook at Ufologist’s Handbook. To ensure that only competent Ufologists conduct witness interviews, on-site investigations, and collateral contacts with public agencies and others, formal Ufologist training is essential. The Ufologist’s Handbook is the basic reference for training. All trainees must possess an original copy of the Manual and become completely familiar with its contents.

3) Study the CDU Ufologist Manual then complete the open book CDU Ufologist’s exam, a copy of which is included in the Ufologist’s Handbook.

Send your completed exam for grading to the address listed on the exam. Also, please make sure you either email a professional portrait photo of yourself (.jpg format 448H X 336W pixels at 300dpi) to hq@thecdu.org. Please include your name and CDU ID #.

In order to be promoted to the position of Ufologist, every member must achieve a favorable score on the CDU Field Investigator's Exam (passing overall score of at least 80%). The purpose of administering the exam is to evaluate the individual's practical knowledge in respect to both potential UFO and IFO (identifiable flying object) reports from the public. The exam consists of one hundred questions in twelve specific areas: light and optics; sound; electromagnetic properties; measurements; physical traces; photography; radio and radar; celestial objects; atmosphere and

Before engaging in actual investigation stemming from a UFO report, the Ufologist Trainee needs a thorough grounding in the following areas:

• Investigative Ethics. Most importantly, the Trainee must understand and adhere to the tenet of anonymity (withholding witness identifiers from persons who are not part of the UFO report investigation or its evaluation within the CDU).

• Interviewing Methods. Preparation, controlling the setting, the sequence of obtaining a complete account, recognizing sensory perceptions, analyzing witness body language, active listening, interpreting the oral account, and drawing conclusions are all vitally important.

• Collateral Contacts. In a given circumstance, the Trainee must be aware of which public officials and/or others to contact in order to potentially resolve the report as a misperception, determine the person’s reliability as a witness, or identify others who may have witnessed and reported the same event.

• Technical Background. A working knowledge should be conveyed to the Trainee on the subjects of weather anomalies, astronomy, conventional aircraft (especially lighting configurations), space satellites, photographic equipment and methods, and the soil sciences.

• Back Ground Check. the CDU will conduct a criminal "Back Ground" check on all applicants prior to issuance of a Ufologist designation. If the CDU determines the Back Ground check is not acceptable to the CDU, the Ufologist designation will not be issued to the applicant.

4) Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that once you pass your exam and achieve Field Investigator status that you accompany a current experienced CDU Ufologist on one or more live investigations before attempting an investigation on your own. Please contact your CDU State Director to coordinate mentoring opportunities.

How to become a Ufologist with the CDU