National Credential
Credential: Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)
Credentialing Agency: Center for Interviewer Standards Assessment, Ltd. (CISA)

A Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) is a professional with the expertise to conduct a variety of investigative interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects or other sources to determine the facts regarding suspicions, allegations or specific incidents in either public or private sector settings. The Certified Forensic Interviewer demonstrates understanding of legal aspects of interviewing and proficiency in interview preparation, behavioral analysis, accusatory and non-accusatory interviewing, documentation, and presentation of findings. CFI applicants must have a combination of education and experience. Applicants must have two to four years of experience in a public or private position where they are responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation. Applicants holding a bachelor's degree are required to have two years of such experience while those with a high school diploma must have four years of experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted MA-Master-At-Arms Rating some  Navy Bucks    E6 Pay Grade

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Center for Interviewer Standards Assessment, Ltd. (CISA)
4932 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL  60615-3611
Phone: (630) 515-3579
Fax: (630) 852-7081
Contact Page

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

Option 1: Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of experience in a public or private position responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation.

Option 2: Associate's degree plus three years of experience in a public or private position responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation.

Option 3: High school diploma or GED plus four years of experience in a public or private position responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation.

Option 4: Minimum two years experience as a full time faculty member at an accredited educational institution teaching interview and interrogation techniques.

The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Agree to adhere to the CISA Code of Ethics.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, any crime or moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like.

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

  • Preparation and Interview Setting
  • Legal Aspects
  • False Confessions
  • Interpretation of Behavior
  • Accusations
  • Showing Understanding/Rationalization/Themes
  • Assumptive Question
  • Enticement Question/Baiting Question
  • Denials/Backing Out
  • Statements
  • Telephone Interview
  • Fact Gathering/Cognitive Interviews
  • Sexual Harassment Interviewing
  • Behavioral Interviews
  • Field Interviews

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the Center for Interviewer Standards Assessment, Ltd. (CISA) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must complete 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for recertification.