Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Brandon was unable to come to Colorado as scheduled. A make-up day was scheduled for October 7th and it turned out to be better than planned.
The course is generally intended to be taught over two days, split between instruction and practical application throughout the course. For the pre-conference events, the course is reduced to one day and focuses primarily on instruction. To obtain certification, the training has been categorized into two practical learning assignments. Each assignment will be evaluated by the instructor. The questions from the textbook must also be answered in essay format and submitted for grading. The final exam involves a 100 question multiple choice/true or false test. The test will be emailed to you and must be completed within 24 hours. All tests are open book. You have 8 weeks to complete the program. Extensions are available upon request. Upon successful completion of the course of study a Certificate of Training will be provided. A passing score of 80% is required to earn the designation of CDITC Certified FTER Forensic Interviewer (CFI-FTER).
You do not have to wait to attend a scheduled or hosted training event - distance learning is available. We highly recommend the personal experience of Brandon's interactive and energetic instruction. If needed, the final textbook questions and final certification exam can be completed within a prescribed period following the course instruction. We highly recommend doing so. You can learn more about the course from Brandon through this video - < About the CFI-FTER Method >.
Being in business for 30 years, and having a combined 50 years of legal investigation experience, interviews almost come second-nature, and conducting effective interviews is a priority in all areas of investigations. Doing so effectively, and in preparation for documenting and testifying, requires as much practical training and experience as possible. We personally know other professional investigators who have been designated as expert witnesses following certification - CFI-FTER. In fact, part of this curriculum is specific to acknowledging and attaining recognized expertise. This is another tool in our box of skills, resources and expertise - and we believe a must for every investigator.
The core of the course is Brandon's book - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery - The FTER Method - is available here - http://amazon.privateinvestigations.org (and other important investigation books).
Dean had an opportunity to review and recommend this book when first released in 2011. Here is a link to that review - www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/forensic-testimonial-recovery
Although fun, interactive and informative - the easy part is the instruction. Although open book, the textbook chapter questions and final exam do challenge the investigator's grasp, understanding and application of the CFI-FTER process. It is a learned and earned process and certification!
Karen - 97% on chapter exam and 98% on final exam!
Dean - 98% on chapter exam and 94% on final exam!