Exam Study Options

The following listed textbooks were used in the development of most of the questions for the CFI examination. This list is not exclusive; other resource materials were used to prepare the examination. Applicants planning to study for the examination may find it helpful to review the information in the following textbooks. These textbooks may be ordered from any bookstore or the publishers.

Candidates sitting for the CFI examination may prepare for the test in several ways.

  1. The candidate may elect to sit for the examination using his personal experience and knowledge as the basis for preparation.  CISA strongly recommends the candidate reviews reference materials and not simply rely on personal experience and knowledge.
  2. The candidate may choose to use the Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Certified Forensic Interviewer Review Program. The computer-based review program covers all the sections and tasks identified as being necessary to be a CFI by the national survey.  The printable text sections provide the candidate the information necessary to successfully complete the tasks listed under each of the separate sections in the content outline. There is an online self test at the conclusion of each module, so the candidate can assess his understanding of the material.   The questions are linked back to the pertinent text material so they may be easily reviewed and the correct response to the question understood. Once you have received the Authorization code to access the CFI Online Preparatory Course the website is www.wzcfi.com.
  3. The candidate may elect to attend a CFI Preparatory Seminar designed to assist individuals in preparing for the examination.
    • 2014 CFI Seminar Dates
      • February 12-13, 2014 in Dallas, TX
      • March 26-27, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV
      • September 10-11, 2014 in Atlanta, GA
      • October 29-30, 2014 in Chicago, IL
  4. The candidate may prepare by reading and studying the textbooks used to prepare the examination (see below).

Certified Forensic Interviewer Preparation Course (Option #2)

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The Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Certified Forensic Interviewer Preparation Course is designed to review the 15 major content areas represented on the CFI Examination. This course has been designed with both online and offline features.

While you are offline, you will have access to the printable text material represented in the 15 chapters of the review program. When you are online, you will have access to both the offline text content, as well as audio and video scenarios, pictures and graphics that support the training objectives.

Each of the fifteen sections has a series of review questions to assure the user's understanding of the material. These questions and Final Review Examination are available only when online. The Final Review is comprised of 100 questions pulled from the 15 chapters of material which are representative of the content included in the Certified Forensic Interviewer Examination.

Certified Forensic Interviewer Textbooks Used (Option #4)

Practical Aspects of Interview And Interrogation

(Hard Cover) New Second Edition!

David E. Zulawski, CFI and Douglas E. Wicklander, CFI

Price: $69.96 To Order go to: http://www.w-z.com/shop/


Tactics for Criminal Patrol

Author: Charles Remsberg
Calibre Press 2001


Memory-Enhancing Techniques for Investigative Interviewing

Authors: Ronald Fisher and Edward Geiselman
Charles Thomas Publisher 1992


Criminal Interrogation 3rd Edition

Authors: Arthur Aubry, Jr. and Rudulph Caputo
Charles Thomas Publisher 1980

Investigative Discourse Analysis
Author: Don Rabon, Durham
Carolina Academic Press, 1994.


Criminal Interrogation and Confessions 4th Edition
Author: By Fred E. Inbau, John E. Reid, Joseph P. Buckley III and Brian C. Jayne


Telling Lies
Author: Paul Ekman

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