Four Steps to your CFI

While obtaining your CFI requires extensive knowledge and experience, the process can be broken into 4 basic steps:

Step 1: Study!
Step 2. Send in Application for Exam
Step 3. Schedule Your Exam
Step 4. Receive your CFI Coin, Letter and Certificate

Step 1. Study!

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

A. The candidate may elect to sit for the examination using his/her personal experience and knowledge as the basis for preparation.
B. The candidate may choose to use the Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Certified Forensic Interviewer Review Program.

The CFI Prep course is active for 6 months. Course re-activation is $200.  To re-activate contact Madison Wrobel at 800-222-7789 Ext. 126.

C. The candidate may elect to attend a CFI Preparatory Seminar and CFI online prep course designed to assist individuals in preparing for the examination.

D. The candidate may prepare by reading and studying the textbooks used to prepare the examination. You can purchase books on the exam study options page.

For more information, go to exam study options.

Step 2. Send in Application for Exam

Read through all the information in the handbook. Then fill out the application. If you are using college experience to help fulfill your eligibility requirements, an official copy of your transcripts must be included with the application. Mail the application with payment to:

CFI Examination
18000 W. 105th St.
Olathe, KS 66061-7543

NOTE: It takes approximately 3 weeks for applications to be processed. 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. After the application is approved, candidates have only 3 months to schedule the exam.

Step 3. Schedule Your Exam

A. Online Scheduling: You may complete the scheduling process in one online session by visiting and clicking on “Schedule/Apply for an Exam.”

Click here for directions on how to schedule an exam. If special accommodations are needed, please call AMP at 888/519-9901.

B. 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, 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 (U.S. Only) as to whether or not you passed. If you pass, you will receive a CFI certificate, membership number and CFI Challenge Coin, as well as directions on meeting the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) requirement for recertification via mail. Please allow one month to receive the hard copy of the certificate, letter, and coin.
If you do not pass, you will receive directions on how to apply to retake the exam.

Step 4. Receive your CFI Coin, Letter, and Certificate

You will receive these items the month after you sit for and pass the exam. You will start to receive the CFInsider Journal, and have access to the website and receive other important resources.