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What is Certification

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.

Many NAFC clinical level certifications are nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

The NAFC offers certification programs for professionals working in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Addictions
  • Corrections

Including, but not limited to:

  • Private Practice
  • Mental Health and Addictions Programs
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Sex Offender and General Offender Programs
  • Probation/Parole
  • Government
  • Military and Veteran's Administration
  • Universities and Educational Programs
  • Managed Care Facilities
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Social Services
  • Crisis Intervention Programs
  • Outreach Programs
  • Public Welfare Agencies
  • Victim's Services
  • Adult and Juvenile Correctional Facilities
  • Community Programs

Why Certify?

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.

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Karla M. Taylor, CEO - President

The American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors (AACFC) is the Certification Commission of the National Association of Forensic Counselors.