Diplomate and Fellow Designations

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By being a member in good standing and successfully completing one of ACFEI’s credentialing programs, you have the opportunity to elevate your status by becoming a Diplomate and a Fellow of ACFEI.

What is the Diplomate designation?

The Diplomate status is awarded to those who have made professional achievements and contributions to the field of forensics. It recognizes achievement and excellence and establishes the Diplomate as a distinguished top professional.

How do I apply for Diplomate status?

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You may download the application and mail or fax it back to ACFEI. Application processing time is typically 3-4 weeks.

What are the requirements for Diplomate status?

  • »  Be a member in good standing with ACFEI for at least two (2) years.
  • »  Fulfill the individual requirements for the ACFEI advisory board in which you are applying. Please note that the American Board of Psychological Specialties does not follow the same core requirements. To view the specific requirements for the Diplomate Status with the ABPS, click here.
  • »  Have no felony convictions or ethical violations in the last ten (10) years,as well as not be under investigation by any legal, accounting, or licensing board.
  • »  Agree to adhere to ACFEI's Principles of Professional Practice.
  • »  Have appropriate educational degrees from accredited universities and have five (5) years of relative experience in a forensic-related field.
  • »  Submit, via mail or fax, your curriculum vitae/professional resume, plus copies of forensic reports and court transcripts and/or depositions indicating forensic experience in the field(s) represented by the advisory board to which you are applying.
  • »  Successfully complete one of ACFEI's credentialing programs.
  • »  Dedicate yourself to continuing education.  Diplomates are expected to complete 15 hours of forensic-related continuing education per year from ACFEI or an equivalent organization.
  • »  Pay the one-time passage fee of $250.

What is the Fellow designation?

The Fellow designation is the highest honor ACFEI can bestow upon a member. This designation is reserved for members with outstanding achievements and excellence as well as participating actively in ACFEI programs.

Requirements for Fellow status?

  • »  Continue to fulfill the requirements for becoming a Diplomate and held the Diplomate designation for a minimum of three (3) years.
  • »  Pay the one-time passage fee of $250.

How do I apply for Fellow status?

Application processing time is typically 3-4 weeks.