Forensic Certification Programs

What is Certification?

Certification is the process through which an organization grants recognition to an individual, organization, process, service, or product that meets certain established criteria.

What is a Certificate Program?

A certificate program is an educational program that results in a certificate of completion rather than a degree.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the process by which a credentialing or educational program is evaluated against defined standards, and when in compliance with these standards, is awarded recognition by a third party. The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® is currently aligning its certification programs with NCCA standards in anticipation of applying for accreditation through NCCA for its certifications.

Click here to read an interview with Psychometrician Nate Thompson about the process of accreditation

Becoming certified may enhance your education and assist you in obtaining a job, attaining a promotion, or validating education and experience. Some added benefits for becoming certified may include recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party, continued professional development, demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field, and is a differentiator in a competitive job market.

Please note that certification does not give you legal permission to practice or work within a specific field. Only licensure can provide that.


Certified Instructor, CI

The Certified Instructor, CI Program provides an opportunity for members to teach ACFEI credentialing programs in a specific field or area of expertise. CI has three levels—instructor, senior instructor, and master instructor.

Certified Criminal Investigator

Certified Criminal Investigator, CCI®

Investigating criminal behavior involves many different facets. Investigators must identify the crime scene, look for evidence, conduct interviews, properly identify and handle evidence, and testify in court.


Certified Medical Investigator®, CMI

Medical investigators are often asked to do many different things: analyze a crime scene, recognize signs of violence or attack in victims, and analyze DNA evidence.


Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC®

Forensic consultants will be assessed on knowledge and competency in areas relating to consultation services, litigation processes, general legal principles, witness payment, the discovery process, the deposition, and the trial.


Certified Forensic Professional Technologist, CFPT

Forensic Professional Technologists apply the art and science of engineering theory in matters involving the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution. The forensics technologist utilizes their education and experience as a witness in support of legal testimony.


Certified Forensic Nurse, CFN®

Forensic nurses are registered nurses with experience in identifying forms of violence, interpreting injury presentation, preserving and collecting evidence, and understanding components of a medical/forensic examination.


Certified Forensic Physician®, CFP

Forensic physicians hold an integral role in determining the outcome of many important court cases. Often, in extreme cases of assault, murder, or rape, a physician can unlock the information to put an assailant in jail or to exonerate the innocent.


Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, CMFSW®

Forensic social work is the application of social work to issues relating to the law and legal system, both civil and criminal. By becoming certified in forensic social work, you demonstrate specialized skills and competency that complement your work.


Certified in Survival Mindset, CSM®

The Certified in Survival Mindset, CSM® program is a credential essential to physical and psychological survival before, during, and after a critical incident.


Certified Forensic Professional Engineer, CFPE

Forensic Engineering is the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which relate to, the jurisprudence system.The practice of licensed Professional Engineers as Forensic Engineers is important for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare.