WHAT IS CERTIFICATION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Certification is a formal process which validates, based on predetermined standards, an individual's qualifications and knowledge to practice in a defined area.
The certified professional from the National Association of Forensic Counselors may be eligible to qualify as an expert witness under the Federal Rules of Procedure sect. 702 pertaining to expert witnesses. Eligibility and qualification is at the discretion of the courts. The NAFC certification programs are designed to establish the body of knowledge, experience and education to deliver counseling, evaluation, examination, supervision and forensic services to clients, attorneys and the civil/criminal justice system.
All NAFC certification candidates must meet stringent certification requirements which are verified through a rigorous application process and written examination at proctored Comira examination sites.
The NAFC offers certification programs for professionals working in:
Including, but not limited to:
Certification creates an identifiable workforce from which the criminal justice system can refer.
Certification offers the opportunity to gain recognition from peers, other professionals, administrators, the court systems, probation/parole departments, corrections, law enforcement and the public for your achievement as a knowledgeable, competent professional in the field of forensic counseling and evaluation, examination, supervision, etc.
Becoming certified can mean a broader range of job opportunities, provide job mobility, and in some cases promotion and monetary gain. Some organizations may use certification to determine staff privileges or eligibility for reimbursement. Further, many companies, agencies, courts, etc. may pay for your certification and renewals.
The NAFC was the first to establish post graduate standards, guidelines, and professional responsibility to identify a competent workforce in the mental health, criminal justice, addictions and corrections professions in the very specialized areas of forensic counseling and criminal justice counseling and supervision.
NAFC has consistently been a leader in promoting safe and effective treatment and supervision of offenders in both civil and criminal cases, improving communication between the clinician and criminal justice system, and enhanced protection of the public. The NAFC Mission is to Promote Competency and Training among Persons Working with Criminal Offenders.
The Certification for the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist
The National Association of Forensic Counselors is the first and largest independent multi-disciplinary credentialing board representing the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist.
Karla M. Taylor, CEO - President
The American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors (AACFC) is the Certification Commission
of the National Association of Forensic Counselors.