International Association of Interviewers (IAI)

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)


Credential: Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Interviewers (IAI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Association of Interviewers (IAI), Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) is for candidates who have expertise in conducting 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 CFI demonstrates understanding of legal aspects of interviewing and proficiency in interview preparation, behavioral analysis, accusatory and non-accusatory interviewing, documentation, and presentation of findings. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam. 

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

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

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

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Association of Interviewers (IAI)

323 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL  60506

Phone: (630) 515-3579

Fax: (630) 852-7081
Contact Page

Option 1:

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

Option 2:

Candidate must have an Associate's degree plus three years of experience in a public or private position responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation.

Option 3:

Candidate must have a high school diploma or GED plus four years of experience in a public or private position responsible for investigation, interviewing and interrogation.

Option 4:

Candidate must have a 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:

  • Candidate must not have been convicted of a felony, any crime or moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like.
  • Candidate must provide a copy of certified transcript of education ONLY if using college degree rather than experience to qualify.
  • Candidate must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check, and examination process.

Written Exam

  • 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

Exam Preparation Resources

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

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

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the International Association of Interviewers (IAI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

  • CFI certification holders must complete 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every three years. 

    For additional information on recertification requirements visit the IAI website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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