Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, CMFSW® Program

Protecting the rights of those in need.

Forensic social work is the application of social work to issues relating to the law and legal system, both civil and criminal. By earning the certification in forensic social work, you demonstrate specialized skills and competency that complement your work and set you apart from those in your field. By becoming a Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, CMSFW® you will gain recognition for your dedication to the field of social work, and the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals. During this unique grandfathering period with our new program, we are providing you the opportunity to earn the credential via a portfolio review.

Why should you choose the CMFSW credential?

The CMFSW credential is distinct from other certifications in forensic social work.
What sets our credential apart is:

  • Grants recognition of knowledge and skills by a third party
  • Enhances professional reputation
  • Provides personal accomplishment
  • Supports continued professional development
  • Demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field of practice
  • Demonstrates a specific level of knowledge and skill
  • Increases opportunities for career advancement and/or increased earnings
  • Validates skills and knowledge
  • Establishes credibility
  • Serves as a differentiator in a competitive job market
  • Meets employer or governmental requirements

Credential Content

This course will focus on the ethics of forensic social work practices and will review the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) ethical standards (1996), with specific concentration on the following:

  • Informed consent
  • Confidentiality
  • Competence
  • Conflicts of interest/dual relationships

How do I maintain the CMFSW credential?

The Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, CMFSW® program 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 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 Master Forensic Social Worker, CMFSW®

  • Be a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute®.
    Membership with the ACFEI is a requirement for obtaining the CMFSW credential.
  • Hold a Master's degree or higher in social work.
    Prior to sitting for the examination, you will be asked to provide photocopies of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and licenses.
  • Score a minimum of 150 points, based on education, experience, knowledge, skill, and training.
    Before applying, you must complete an evaluation of knowledge which shows experience within the field.
  • Must be in compliance with all local ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations.
    You must have no record of disciplinary action from any state, province, or territory licensing or certification board during the past 10 years, nor currently be under investigation. You must also have no felony convictions.
  • Submit three professional references.
    References must be competent to attest to your qualifications as a social worker.
  • Complete the new member application to start the process and submit your payment via credit card.
    ACFEI is now offering monthly payment plans to help make certification more affordable. We also offer auto dues renewal. Call Member Services for more information at 800.423.9737.

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