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

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 Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 09L Interpreter/Translator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some          
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS other          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS other          
Enlisted 35M Human Intelligence Collector MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted P8 Basic Special Victims Investigator (BSVI) ASI some          
Enlisted Q8 Senior Special Victims Investigator (SSVI) ASI some          Gap Analysis
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI other          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four 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 likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

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

International Association of Interviewers (IAI)
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:

  • 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 International Association of Interviewers (IAI) 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.