Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC® Program

What do you know about the American legal system?

In the courtroom environment, experts in various fields are asked to provide testimony and evidence on differing professional topics. 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.

Why should you choose the CFC credential?

The Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC® program will help prepare the forensic professional with the necessary knowledge and information to successfully testify in court in a professional manner.

Benefits of becoming a Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC®

  • Grants recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field
  • Serves as a differentiator in a competitive job market

Credential Content

The domains covered in the CFC are as follows:

  • Federal rules in civil proceedings
  • The deposition process
  • Interrogation methods
  • Trial themes and strategies
  • Appropriate file sharing techniques and etiquette
  • Fee establishment

How do I maintain the CFC credential?

The CFC credential requires Certified Members to obtain 30 Continuing Education Credits every 3 years. Excess credits obtained during that 3 year period will not be applied to the following recertification window.

Future CEs may be earned through ACFEI's Executive Summits, completing tests for the continuing education articles located in The Forensic Examiner®, provided in our online course catalog, and/or outside continuing education providers.

Steps to becoming a Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC®

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
    These requirements must be met in order to apply for the CFC program:
    • Become a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® or be a member in good standing
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Have no felony convictions
    • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with 3 years experience in a forensic-related field, or 5 years experience in a forensic related field

    • *Note: Only a judge, under Rule 702, can qualify a professional as an "expert" in a given court case.
  • Complete the application by one of the following methods:
    • Click - Apply Online
    • Call - 800.423.9737
    • Fax - 417.881.4702
    • Mail - 2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, Mo 65804
  • Enroll in the program
    Submit the application, fees, and required supporting documentation, including the following:
    • Current resume/curriculum vitae
    • Degrees
    • Licenses, certifications, certificates, and/or commissions
    • At least two (2) professional references
  • Prepare for the exam
    Once you have been approved, you can begin preparing for the exam. You will be provided access to online study materials. It is recommended that you review the text and materials before sitting for the exam.
  • Sit for the exam
    After successful completion of the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from ACFEI. Obtaining that certificate also awards you 15 continuing education credits. Your certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks of passing the exam.


Credential Information
Certification Maintenance Fee (1yr)


CFC Exam Prep Materials and Exam


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Credential Resources