CFI Frequently Asked Questions

How long has CFI been around?
Do I need to take the WZ Basic Interview & Interrogation class before I become a Certified Forensic Interviewer?
How many individuals are CFIs?
Am I eligible to become a CFI?
How can I study for the exam?
Where do I go to get the CFI Prep Course Materials?
How much does the CFI Online Prep Course Cost?
How much does the CFI 2-day Prep Seminar Cost?
What happens once I purchase the Online Training Material?
How long does it usually take someone to complete the online study material?
How do I access the CFI Online Prep Course?
Do I need to take the Prep Course before the exam?
Where can I get the CFI Exam Application?
Where do I send my CFI Exam Application?
How do I schedule the exam?
How much does the exam cost?
Where are the testing facilities?
What score do I need to receive to pass the exam?
How much does it cost to get a replacement certificate?
How much does it cost to get a replacement coin?
What are the re-certification requirements and related costs?
What Continuing Education credits count towards re-certification?
What if my certification expires, can I reinstate it?
What is the difference between a CFE certification and a CFI?
What is the difference between WZ and CISA?
What is the difference between WZ Certified and CFI?

How long has CFI been around?

The certificate for Certified Forensic Interviewer began in 2004.


Do I need to take the WZ Basic Interview & Interrogation class before I become a Certified Forensic Interviewer?

You do not need to take the WZ Basic Interview & Interrogation seminar before you become a CFI. If you are just starting your career in the Interview and Interrogation field it is recommended to attend.


How many individuals are CFIs?

As of January 2014 there are 1441 total CFI® members throughout the world.


Am I eligible to become a CFI?

Applicant experience must include two to four years in a public or private position responsible
for investigation, interviewing or interrogation. Applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

1) Bachelor’s degree or higher plus two years of experience as stated above
2) Associates degree plus three years of experience as stated above
3) High school diploma or GED plus four years of experience as stated above
4) Experience as a full time faculty member at an accredited educational institution
teaching interview and interrogation techniques

- In addition, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like shall be ineligible to become a CFI. Nor shall a person terminated for dishonesty, but not prosecuted, be eligible to become a CFI.
- Applicant must provide a certified transcript of education.
- Applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background investigation, which may include a criminal background check, and the examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Certified Forensic Interviewer.


How can I study for the exam?

1. CFI Online Prep Course which is computer based that includes a Pre-Test, Post-Test, and 15 different modules of information that is on the exam. This program can be accessed as much as you want up to 6 months after you have started the program. Once you pass your CFI examination the account will be deactivated.

2. CFI Prep Seminar which is a 2 day seminar that reviews the exam and also includes the CFI Online Prep Course.

3. Use knowledge and experience from the field


Where do I go to get the Prep Course materials?

You can visit the Wicklander-Zulawski site  and sign up to get started.


How much does the CFI Online Prep Course cost?

$450


How much does the CFI 2-day Prep Seminar cost?

$799


What happens once I purchase the Online Training Material?

You will receive an email confirmation with a Tag # to access the website.


How long does it usually take someone to complete the online study material?

The study process will take approximately 20-40 hours. It has been approved by numerous groups for 20 CEUs. If you need proof for the CEUs please contact Jen Ziegler to get a certificate of completion.


I’ve purchased the online Certified Forensic Interviewer Review Program.

How do I access the CFI Online Prep Course?

Go to http://www.wzcfi.com/ and click on Online Registration. At the Student Registration page, fill out the fields containing red asterisks. Create a User ID and Password then write them down as you will need them to log in to use the program. Where it says “Authorization”, enter the Authorization Key you received from the registration clerk. Click Submit. Once your registration is complete you will be prompted to sign in and begin the course.


          Navigating the CFI Prep Online Program

  • Log in using the Username and Password you created. Follow the directions for taking the online Pre-Test. Once you have completed the Pre-Test you will receive a score of your current knowledge regarding Interviewing and Interrogation.
  • Study each of the 15 review sections next, taking review tests as you complete each section. After you finish a section you can either move on to the next or you can go back and study more and retake the section review test.
  • Review each section as many times as needed until you feel comfortable with the material. We recommend that you achieve the ability to score 100 on each section before moving on to the final review exam.

Do I need to take the prep course before the exam?

No, it is not mandatory to take the prep course before the exam but it is recommended.


Where can I get the CFI Exam Application?

Read through the Handbook and on pages 13 and 14 is the Application.


Where do I send my CFI Exam Application?

Mail the application with payment to AMP, CISA Examination, 18000 W. 105th St., Olathe, KS 66061-7543. Once your application is approved, you will receive a letter and email with directions on how to select a testing center in your area and schedule an exam sitting.


How do I schedule the exam?

1. Online Scheduling: You may complete the scheduling process in one online session by visiting www.goAMP.com and clicking on “Candidates.” The computer screens will guide you through the complete scheduling process. If special accommodations are being requested, please call AMP at 888/519-9901  888/519-9901

2. Telephone Scheduling: Call AMP at 888/519-9901 to schedule your examination appointment. This toll-free number is answered from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

When you call to schedule an appointment for examination, you will be notified of the time to report to the Assessment Center. Please make a note of it because you will NOT receive an admission letter.

After sitting for the CFI examination you will be given immediate results as to whether or not you passed. If you pass you will receive a CFI certificate, membership card and CFI Challenge Coin, as well as directions on meeting continuing education requirements for re-certification. If you fail you will receive directions on how to apply to retake the exam. Please allow one month to receive the hard copy of the certificate.


How much does the exam cost?

  • $395 for US Exam Fee
  • $220 for Re-Exam Fee
  • $455 for International Exam Fee
  • $280 for International Re-Exam Fee

Where are the testing facilities?

CFI uses a third party exam facility called Applied Measurement Professionals. For the Test Facilities go to: http://goamp.com/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=20668


What score do I need to Pass the exam?

To pass the exam you need to get 69.5% (95 questions) correct on the exam.

How much does it cost to get a replacement certificate?

$15.00

How much does it cost to get a replacement coin?

$25.00


What are the re-certification requirements and related costs?

The cost of the re-certification process is $50 annual on your anniversary month. You have to receive 24 Continuing Education Credits (CEU) within the 3 year period. Click here for the Re-Certification forms. CEUs can be obtained from On the Job Training, Job Meetings, WZ Workshops, Re-taking and passing the CFI® Exam, College Classes, completion of study materials for the LPQ, LPC, CFE, ACFE Courses, Conferences, and In-House Training. Example: If you become a CFI in January 2014 you will then re-certify in January 2017 with $150 re-certification fee and 24 CEUs every three years.


What Continuing Education Credits count towards Re-Certification?

                                                                                     Credits            Limit

1.  Published Articles of Text

 

 

1.1  Each interview or interrogation article published in a recognized Police, Loss Prevention, or Security related magazine

8

 

      1.2  Each textbook on interview and/or interrogation published

20

 

      1.3  Other contributions to articles, texts, or web based reporting

Reviewable

 

2.  Courses, Conferences and Internal Training

 

 

2.1  Attendance at NRF, ASLET, RILA, IACP, ASIS, JSA or other conferences deemed appropriate by the Advisory Committee of CISA®

6 per conference

18

      2.2  Seminars on Interview and Interrogation

1 per hour

 

 2.3   Post certification college credit in the field of investigations, interviewing and interrogation 

Reviewable

 

      2.4   Government courses related to interview and interrogation

1 per hour

 

 2.5   Company training where investigation,   interview, or interrogation was discussed.

     1 per hour                

 

3.  Presentations, Speeches and other Opportunities

 

 

3.1  An instructor on the topic of interview and/or interrogation at a conference, company meeting or another CISA® approved organization

2 per hour

12

3.2  Instruction on interview and/or interrogation at an accredited college or university

2 per hour

12

3.3  Submission of ten acceptable questions for the CFI® exam (contact CISA® for the item writing format and booklet)

5

 

3.4  Retake the CFI® Examination and successfully pass

24

 

3.5  Active member of the CFInsider Newsletter Committee

3 per year

 

      3.6  Active member of the Continuing Education Committee

4 per year

 

4.  Advisory Committee Membership of CISA®

 

 

4.1  Any member of CISA’s® Advisory Committee when they are considered active

8 per year

 

5.  Other Accomplishments



    If an individual believes he has accomplished something relevant that is not specified in these guidelines, please contact CISA®. These instances will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Advisory Committee.

 

 

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What if my CFI certification expires, can I reinstate it?

Your certification can only be reinstated by reapplying and then retaking the examination as you did when you first applied to become a CFI. Please contact Jen Ziegler should you decide to reapply and she will make sure you will be able to use your CFI preparatory material. You will also be able to retake the CFI exam at the reduced re-examination rate of only $220. If you have questions contact Jziegler@w-z.com.


What is the difference between a CFE Certification and a CFI Certification?

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is a person who deals with investigations regarding fraudulent activity. A person who has  CFI® certifications is the one having a conversation with those who committed the fraudulent activity.


What is the difference between WZ and CISA?

Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) is a consulting and training organization dedicated to assisting professionals who are responsible for obtaining the truth.  WZ supports law enforcement agencies, private sector investigators, human resource professionals, federal agencies and military units across the globe.  To this end WZ instructs our partners in multiple legally acceptable interview and interrogation techniques that are consistently updated in response to changing moral, legal and ethical standards.


Center for Interviewer Standards and Assessment (CISA) is to provide standards and principles for comprehensive investigative interviewing in both the private and public sector. The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation issued by the Center for Interviewer Standards & Assessment, Ltd. (CISA) indicates the certificate holder possesses the knowledge necessary to pass CISA's rigorous examination. This designation does not guarantee the interviewing or interrogation skills or performance of any certificate holder. CISA hereby disclaims all liability to third parties in connection with the actual field performance of a certificate holder.


What is the difference between WZ Certified and CFI?

“Wicklander Certified” or “WZ Certified” is a name the industry has attached to attending a WZ 2-day seminar.  There is actually no WZ certification, as there is no examination after attending the 2-day seminar.


The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) examination and designation is administered by the Center for Interviewer Standards and Assessment.  The CFI designation is a certification obtained by taking an extensive examination requiring the candidate to prove his knowledge of fifteen essential areas relating to interview and interrogation and covering a variety of different interview and interrogation approaches.


For More Information:
Questions regarding the procedures should be directed to:
Jen Ziegler
Phone: 800.222.7789  x 106
Fax: 630-852-7081

 
 

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