National Board of  Forensic Evaluators

Certified Forensic Suitability and Fitness for Duty Evaluator (CSFDE)

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The CSFDE credential is designed to certify licensed mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists) who have attained expert status in evaluating applicants for first responder public service occupations (i.e., law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMS/paramedic) as well as evaluating fist responders' mental fitness for duty.


  1. To ensure that CSFDE candidates have already demonstrated competency in forensic mental health evaluation and are appropriately vetted, applicants must be Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) 
  2. Successful completion of NBFE’s 8-hour Suitability and Fitness for Duty Evaluation training workshop (details to be announced)
  3. Successful completion of NBFE’s 1.5-hour on-demand webinar entitled "The Mental Health Professional's Role in Prevention and Mitigation of Police Violence and Burnout”
  4. Successful completion of NBFE’s 2-hour “Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Resiliency, and Law Enforcement” webinar
  5. Participation in an experiential learning activity designed to gain a deeper understanding of the demands and duties of first responders. Candidates may choose one (1) of two options to fulfill this requirement:
    1. Option 1: a minimum of 24 hours of ride-alongs with patrol officers (as many as 10 hours may be substituted by ride-along hours with paramedics, EMTs, or firefighters), documented through NBFE’s ride-along form; OR
    2. Option 2: at least three (3) interviews with first responders (i.e., law enforcement officers, EMTs, paramedics, or firefighters) and an APA-formatted paper related to those interviews with a score of at least 75% using NBFE’s first responder interview paper rubric.
  6. A score of 75% or higher on NBFE's 100-question forensic psychometry written examination (to be completed virtually in 3 hours or less)

The CSFDE credential automatically renews each year upon successful renewal of the certificate holder's CFMHE credential.  There is no additional annual renewal fee for the CSFDe credential.

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