Certified Forensic Physician®, CFP Program

Can you spot the warning signs of abuse?

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.

Why should you choose the CFP program?

The Certified Forensic Physician, CFP® program is designed to help prepare physicians to know what to look for in various abuse cases, and to provide knowledge on the American legal system.

What topics does this credential cover?

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Suicide
  • The American legal system

How do I maintain the CFP credential?

Individuals are expected to maintain membership and complete 15 hours of forensic-related continuing education credits per year to maintain their CFP status. The initial CFP course provides 15 CE credits, fulfilling this requirement.

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

Steps to becoming a Certified Forensic Physician®, CFP

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
    These requirements must be met in order to apply for the CFP program.
    • Member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
    • At least 18 years of age
    • No felony convictions
    • Have at least five (5) years of medical experience
    • Hold an active license as an MD or DO*
    *International doctors who wish to become a Certified Forensic Physician®, CFP, must hold an MD or its equivalent and submit documentation of MD equivalence. Applicants must submit a portfolio of supporting documentation, including a photo ID and photocopy of any licenses/certificates. Documentation must be in English in order to be reviewed.
  • Complete the application
    The application can be completed online by clicking Apply Now or you may submit it via mail, phone, fax, or email.
  • Enroll in the program
    Submit payment and register to receive program materials.
  • Provide copies of résumé/curriculum vitae
    A current résumé/curriculum vitae will be placed in your file.
  • Provide copies of any degrees, licenses, certificates, and/or commissions, and two professional references
    These documents will attest to your professional standing. Please include any necessary references as well.
  • Review the materials once your eligibility has been confirmed.
    Materials can be accessed from your online course catalog once you receive your log-in information.
  • Successfully pass the CFP exam.
    After finishing the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from ACFEI.
  • Once you have passed the CFP exam, Member Services will mail you your certificate.
    Your CFP certificate will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after successful completion of the CFP exam and a final review of your application file.

Credential Information
ACFEI Membership Dues (1yr)


CFP Study Materials and Exam


Total Cost


Certified Forensic Physician exam is approved for ACCME level I credit.