Eligibility for Certification

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR NAFC CERTIFICATION?

Please download the application for the certification for which you are applying for a complete list of certification requirements.

All licensed mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and addictions professionals are eligible as well as Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse and Sex Offender Counselors.

All professionals working in Probation/Parole, Criminal Justice, Corrections, Law Enforcement, or Jail/Detention are eligible and may apply.

The NAFC offers certification programs for professionals in:

Including, but not limited to:

The NAFC requires that clinical level certification candidates have at least three years (6000 hours), and non-clinical level certification candidates have at least 2 years (4000 hours), of experience working with offenders or ex-offenders within the profession applicable to the certification for which they are applying prior to sitting for the certification examination. A complete list of requirements can be found here, and within the NAFC applications:

 

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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.

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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.

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