Frequently Asked CFI Certification Questions

How long has CFI been around?

The Certified Forensic Interviewer designation began in 2004.

Do I need to take the WZ 2-Day Interview & Interrogation class before I become a Certified Forensic Interviewer?

You do not need to take the WZ 2-Day Interview & Interrogation seminar before you become a CFI, but if you are just starting your career in the Interview and Interrogation field it is recommended to attend. However, the CFI designation includes multiple techniques, not just the WZ method.

How many individuals are CFIs?

As of March 2019, there are 1800+ total CFI® members throughout the world.

Am I eligible to become a CFI?
How can I study for the exam?
Where do I go to get the CFI Online Prep Course materials?
How much does the CFI Online Prep Course cost?

$495 (10% discount for Active Military or IAI Members)

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

Depends when the individual registers.

What happens once I purchase the CFI Online Prep Course?

You will receive an email confirmation with an authorization number to access the CFI Online Prep Course.

How long does it usually take someone to complete the CFI Online Prep Course?

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

I’ve purchased the CFI Online Prep Course, how do I access it?

Go to Where it says, “Have an Authorization Key”, Click “Continue” and enter the Authorization Key you received from the registration clerk. 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.
  • Study each of the 15 review sections, taking review tests as you complete each section. After you finish a section you can either move on to the next or go back and study more to retake the section review test.
  • Review each section as many times as needed until you feel comfortable with the material. We recommend that you have the ability to score 90% on each module before moving on to the final review exam.
Do I need to take the CFI Online Prep Course before the exam?

No, it is not mandatory to take the CFI Online Prep Course before the exam but it is recommended.

Where can I get the CFI Exam Application?

Read through the Handbook and the application can be found on pages 13 and 14.

Where do I send my CFI Exam Application?
Mail the application with payment to:
CFI 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?

Here are instructions on Scheduling a CFI Exam.

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?

Testing facilities locations.

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?


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What are the recertification requirements and related costs?

The cost of the recertification process is $150 every three years on your anniversary month and you have to receive 24 Continuing Education Credits (CEU) within the 3 year period. CEUs can be obtained from on the job training, job meetings, interviewing seminars, WZ workshops, retaking and passing the CFI® Exam, college classes, completion of study materials for the LPC and CFE exam, ACFE Courses, conferences, or in-House training. Example: If you become a CFI in January 2014 you will then re-certify in January 2017 with $150 recertification fee and 24 CEUs every three years.

What Continuing Education Credits count towards recertification?

More on recertification.

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 Madison Wrobel should you decide to reapply and she will make sure you will be able to use your CFI Online Prep Course. You will also be able to retake the CFI exam at the reduced re-examination rate of only $220.

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

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is an individual who deals with investigations regarding fraudulent activity. A person who has a CFI® certification is the one in conversation with those who are suspected of committing a fraudulent activity.

What is the difference between WZ and IAI?

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.International Association of Interviewers (IAI) provides standards and principles for comprehensive investigative interviewing in both the private and public sector. The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation, issued by International Association of Interviewers (IAI), indicates the certificate holder possesses the knowledge necessary to pass IAI’s rigorous examination. This designation does not guarantee the interviewing or interrogation skills, or performance of any certificate holder. IAI 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 no “WZ Certified”, unless your company has labeled your attendance at the WZ 2-Day Interview & Interrogation Seminar as such.The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) examination and designation is administered by International Association of Interviewers. The CFI designation is a certification obtained by taking an extensive examination requiring the candidate to prove his or her 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:
Madison Wrobel
800.222.7789 x 126 (Phone)
630-852-7081 (Fax)