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Child Forensic Interview Training for California

Cost: Free to CA residents
Length: Approximately 10 hours of at-home prerequisite, plus

4 days of in-person training
CECs: Available for a fee


The Child Forensic Interview Training for California (CFIT) is an introductory course intended for new child forensic interview specialists. This course introduces child forensic interviewing within the context of:

  • multidisciplinary team investigations
  • interviewer and team responsibilities
  • interview models and techniques
  • development of language and cognition as it applies to interviewing
  • disclosure dynamics
  • childhood trauma as it relates to interviewing
  • interviewing individuals with special needs, and 
  • cultural competency

CIR’s Child Abuse Training and Technical  Assistance Centers work in partnership with many of California’s top forensic interviewing experts to update and revise the CFIT Curriculum on a consistent basis. Video of actual interviews are shown and experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the training. Video of actual interviews are shown throughout the training.

Completion of CFIT does not certify you to conduct child forensic interviews. Consult your County CAC/MDT for local requirements.


  • How long is the CFIT and how often is it offered?

    The in-person CFIT is 4 days. It is offered at least twice per year in both Northern and Southern California (4 CFITs total). Participants are required to complete approximately 10 hours of prerequisite work online before being eligible to attend an in-person training.

  • Who is eligible for CFIT training?

    CFIT is offered to people currently conducting forensic interviews through a multi-disciplinary center or team as part of their jobs. Because of limited space, we often have to limit the training to two participants per county, at least initially. CATTA staff reviews applicants and corresponds with children’s advocacy centers and multi-disciplinary teams from the applicant’s county to determine an individual’s eligibility for the training.

  • Is the CFIT approved by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)?

    Yes, the training is POST approved.

  • Does the revised training meet the National Children's Alliance (NCA) standards?

    The training has been approved by NCA as meeting the Forensic Interview Standard related to training. The total course hours (37.5) exceed the minimum NCA standard of 32.

    Interviewers attending this training should maintain their certificate demonstrating completion. When a CAC participates in the NCA accreditation process, it will be required to submit documentation for each interviewer conducting forensic interviews at their CAC.

  • What is the application process for CFIT?

    CIR is not able to “save spaces” for CFIT.

    Applicants must complete and submit the CFIT application form, which is emailed to all CAC contacts when a training date is identified. Applications will be reviewed and submitted to the applicant's CAC or MDT for approval within one week of submission. Once an applicant receives approval, they will have access to the online prerequisite materials.

    Upon completion of the prerequisite work, participants will be added to CIR’s list of those eligible to attend the 4-day in-person portion of the training. Participants are not given a spot in the in-person training until they have completed the prerequisites.

    Participation will be limited to two per county until all the counties have had the chance to apply.

  • What certificates will participants receive after the training?

    Upon completion of the 4-day in-person training, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and, if applicable, POST or CEC credit.

    Each type of credit is calculated differently. Certificates of attendance are available for both the in-person portion of CFIT (27.5 hours) and the online prerequisites (10 hours), for a total of 37.5 hours. Continuing Education Credits or CECs are available for the active in-person portion of the training (27.5 hours). Because Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) uses a different formula, POST calculates CFIT attendance at 30 hours.

Regional Peer Reviews for Child Forensic Interviewers

Cost: Free as funding allows
Length: 4 to 6 hours


Currently practicing Child Forensic Interviewers working in the 10-Step Model.


Join other professionals conducting forensic interviews. Observe the Ten Step Interview process, provide constructive critique, discuss current articles and topics, and share perspectives.

Quarterly Peer Review is designed to meet criteria set by National Children’s Alliance. For more information, contact Crystal Cardenas at

One-Day In-Person Training Topics

Cost: Free as funding allows
Length: 1 Day
CEUs: Available for MFTs and LCSWs

CATTA offers new face-to-face training topics every year based on the results of our annual needs assessment. Please see our Upcoming Trainings page for more information.

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