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Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC Certification Information

Written by AnonymousJuly 25, 2011

If you’re looking to improve your career in accounting, obtaining an accounting certificate is an excellent first step. Accounting certifications can expand your accounting knowledge and increase your proficiency in a specific area of the accounting field.

Introduction to Certified Forensic Consultant Certification 

The Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC program is an educational course and accompanying examination, both designed to train forensic professionals in how to handle the intricacies of the legal system. This certification helps to prepare you for success in court and also enhances your professional credentials and the weight of your expert testimony.

The exam tests on

  • Professional ethics
  • Drafting proper documentation
  • Writing accurate, error-proof reports
  • Interrogatories (requests for information to clarify facts) and deposition testimony
  • Rules related to specific jurisdictions, including the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence (FRCPE)
  • Preparing for a trial

Key Steps to Certified Forensic Consultant Certification

Earning CFC designation requires passing the CFC examination, which you take upon completion of the online and self-paced educational course. However, prior to sitting for the exam, in order for you to be eligible for certification, the following is required:

  • Provide the American College of Forensic Examiners International with a copy of your current résumé or CV, a copy of your highest degree from an accredited university, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references
  • Have no record of disciplinary action from any state, province, or territory licensing or certification board during the last ten years (including any currently under investigation)
  • Have no felony convictions

Details of the Certified Forensic Consultant Exam

The examination and application fee is a combined fee of $495 as of 2011.

In order to take the exam you must apply first. Applicants are provided with a study guide that allows them to study at their own pace. Applicants may take the comprehensive exam online when they feel ready.

The CFC course and exam cover the following topics:

  • The Litigation Process
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • The Discovery Process
  • Note Taking
  • Site Inspection
  • The Written Report
  • The Retainer Letter
  • Types of Witness
  • The Expert Witness Report
  • Preparing for Deposition
  • What to Expect at Deposition
  • Preparing for Trial
  • Testifying at Trial
  • What to Bring to Court
  • The Business of Forensic Consulting

You must answer 70 percent or more of the questions correctly to pass. You have one attempt to pass the exam. If you don’t pass there is a $175 fee to retake the exam.

Maintaining the Certified Forensic Consultant Designation

The American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI) requires that all CFC-holders complete 15 hours of forensic-related continuing education credits every year.

Completing the initial CFC course provides 15 CE credits, meeting the continuing education requirement for that year.

After the first year, you can earn CE credits by participating in one of ACFEI’s National Conferences or one of their many online courses. You can find out more information on their website.

Annual dues are $165 a year or you can pay a onetime fee of $2,500 for a lifetime membership.

Governing Board Information

CFC certification is issued by

The American College of Forensic Examiners International
2750 E. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65804