Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator

(CFMHE) Credential

The CFMHE credential is designed to certify licensed mental health professionals (psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists) who have attained expert status in the specialty of forensic mental health evaluation as evidenced by their forensic knowledge and experience. Please note that in order to pursue our Certified Child Custody Evaluator (CCCE) credential or our Certified Forensic Behavioral Analyst (CFBA) credential you must first be certified as one of our Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator's (CFMHE).

Certification Process in 5 Steps:

1.     Complete the application for the CFMHE credential, by signing up for a self-paced certification workshop "on-demand" or attend a live certification workshop. Please scroll down to "Apply Now" for more details. 

2.    After submitting your application, attend a certification workshop (no additional cost) and/or utilize the online training resources, located on the members only page (no additional cost) available to prepare for the written and oral examinations. 

3.    Schedule and complete the written examination within 90 days of applying (or attending a certification workshop).

4.    Submit a sample forensic mental health evaluation report to the Oral Examination Committee within 6 months of passing the written examination.  The committee will review the sample and either recommend revisions for re-submission or approve the sample and schedule the oral examination.  Once approved by the committee, the sample will be sent to the Chair of the Oral committee for final approval.  

5.    Attend and pass the oral examination.


To attain NBFE board certification as a forensic mental health evaluator, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Holds a current license in good standing as a mental health professional (i.e., clinical mental health counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, clinical or counseling psychologist, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner*) for at least one full year in the state of his/her practice.  
    • *Laws, board rules, and other regulations vary state-by-state.  Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the individual mental health professional to verify that the ability to diagnose and treat, conduct particular types of forensic mental health evaluations, and/or administer and interpret specific tests and assessment tools is within the scope of practice of his or her license in his or her state.
    • Please note that registered internship, associate counselor, or provisional licensure status do not meet criteria for independent licensure unless you are legally permitted to diagnose and treat mental disorders in your state without being under the supervision of another licensed professional.  
    •  If seeking "foreign status" certification and licensure is not required in the applicant's country, the applicant must be certified by a board recognized by NBFE.  Email aaron@nbfe.net to determine what board(s) are recognized by NBFE in your region.
  • Has a minimum of forty (40) hours of forensic experience and/or training.
    • "Experience" is defined as hours spent conducting clinical interviews, reviewing collateral records, administering tests, testifying in court, and/or writing reports for legal proceedings.  Case numbers must be provided in the electronic application.  Experience in forensic mental health-related research (e.g., studies published in peer-reviewed, professional journal articles) may also be considered.
    • "Training" consists of clock hours hours recognized by appropriate continuing education authorities (e.g., National Board for Certified Counselors, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Medical Association, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, etc.) of forensic mental health-related training through classes, workshops, seminars, etc. focusing on forensic mental health-related topics such as sexual offenders, domestic violence, expert witness, ethical issues in forensic evaluation, family law, introduction to essentials of forensic assessment, child custody evaluations, assessment in personal injury, malingering, competency to stand trial, civil commitment, juvenile justice, administering and interpreting psychological tests, and substance abuse evaluation. 
    • Applicants who do not have 40 hours of experience may elect to complete live, "on demand" webinar, or homestudy courses offered by NBFE.  All NBFE courses are automatically deemed "forensic mental health-related." Click here to explore these courses.
  • Has submitted three current professional references that can validate the applicants ethical and moral standards, as well as pertinent clinical skills and abilities. Must be on a professional letter head.
    • Note that reference letters will only be accepted if written by a mental health professional
  • Has completed a written examination designed to assess the depth and breadth of the applicant's forensic mental health knowledge.
  • Has submitted a sample written report that adheres to NBFE's official report format (note that training resources will be provided to aid the applicant in writing the sample report). 
  • Has passed an oral examination that involves defending the sample report (note that training resources will be provided to aid the applicant in passing the oral exam)
  • Has agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics of the evaluator's licensed discipline as follows: American Mental Health Counselors Association or American Counseling Association (for counselors), National Association of Social Workers (for social workers), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (for marriage and family therapists), American Psychological Association (for psychologists), American Psychiatric Association (for psychiatrists).
DO NOT CLICK APPLY NOW if you intend to attend a live certification workshop. The click apply button below is there for applicants wanting our on-demand Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator Certification. Which is a self serve option vs. attending live (in-person or virtually). If interested in attending one of our live certification trainings please go back up to the top of the website page, locate events/trainings tab --> live trainings, and locate our next certification workshop. 

 This option is all self-paced. Click "apply now" to access our self-served credentialing process. Access our CFMHE course when time allows. Please be advised that our self-paced Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator training, still adheres to our timeframes for completing the course. Our self-paced certification course is offered starting at $715 (none-members) or $600 (members). Members are those who hold a valid, none-expired membership with one of our professional partnerships. Please click here to verify our professional partnerships. Click here to view live certification workshops! Should you have any questions about becoming certified please contact our Administrative Assistant - Valentino Norton call or text (386) 366-5761 or email: Valentino@nbfe.net 

Certification costs include:

1. Application Fee

2. Membership

3. Discounted rates off trainings and homestudy courses (member rate vs. none-member rate)

4. Eight-hour certification workshop (8-CE's)

5. Written Exam

6. Oral Exam

Certification Renewal

Each year, CFMHEs receive automated renewal instructions directing them on how to upload an updated copy of their malpractice insurance and license and how to re-attest to ethical and legal questions.  CFMHEs also pay an annual certification renewal fee, which is currently set at $80.  Annual renewal fees are subject to change.  Renewals are due by January 31st of each year.  The first renewal fee is automatically waived for CFMHEs who are certified from October 1st through January31st.

Foreign Certification Process

NBFE now certifies those of our professional counselors practicing independent counseling in our neighboring foreign countries. However, the following requirements must be achieved for those seeking the certification of an NBFE forensic mental health evaluator (CFMHE):

  • A minimum of three years experience as an independent counselor
  • Successfully passing the National Board of Certified Counselors examination

If licensing is not required in your country of residence, the candidate must be nationally certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors with a National Certified Counselor Credential (NCC) or a CCMHC certification.

  • A minimum of forty-hours substantiated forensic documentation.

Link to:  Hoffman Organicity Test 

Link to: DSICA

Link to Homestudy

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