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

Steps to becoming a Certified Forensic Physician, CFP®

1.1 Portfolio Review

  • Become a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute®
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Proof of documentation of at least five (5) years of Forensic Medical Experience        
  • 150 points attained on the Certified Forensic Physician Application
  • Must hold an active license to practice
*Any international doctors who wishes 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.

1.2 By Examination

  • Become a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute®
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Have at least three (3) years of medical experience
  • Hold an active license as a MD / DO / DC
  • Receive a Passing Score on the CFP Exam

2. Complete the application

  • Click – Apply Online
  • Call – 800.423.9737
  • Fax – 417.881.4702
  • Mail – 2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804

3. Submit Supporting Documents

  • Submit the application, fees, and required supporting documentation including the following:
      • Current resume/curriculum vitae
      • Degrees
      • Licenses, certifications, certificates, and/or commissions (if applicable)
      • At least two professional references

4. 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.             

5. Sit for the Exam
After successful completion of the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from ACFEI. This certificate will also award you with 30 education credits. Your certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks of completion of the exam.

Credential Information
Certification Maintenance Fee (1yr)


CFP Study Materials and Exam


Total Cost


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