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 Spring 2022 trainings to be held via live webinars

Due to recent trends in COVID-19 spread, the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training Program (OFETP) will conduct the below trainings via Zoom, not in-person training.

Oregon Forensic Evaluator Trainings

Training for Oregon certified forensic evaluators is administered by Oregon Health Authority and provided by the Northwest Forensic Institute. Upcoming training dates are listed below.

  • Initial Training (mandatory for all new evaluators): May 17-19, 2022 
  • Juvenile Training: May 20, 2022
  • Recertification Training: June 3, 2022

Training is restricted to new applicants for certification, currently certified evaluators, and Forensic Evaluation Service interns. 

Application materials for certification or recertification, including the $250 nonrefundable application fee, must be submitted prior to registering for training. 

If your current certificate expires prior to June 3, 2022, your coverage will not lapse as long as you submit your recertification application and fee prior to the expiration date.

How to register:

Register for your preferred training date on the Northwest Forensic Institute website


For questions regarding certification, contact the Forensic Certification program at  

Training Descriptions

Initial Training

Participation in the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training is mandatory for all individuals applying for initial certification as forensic evaluators. Trainings are held two to three times annually and cover:

  • Review of Oregon statutes and case law applicable to competency and criminal responsibility,
  • Testing and assessment of competency and criminal responsibility,
  • Required contents of a written evaluation report,
  • Ethical standards,
  • Risk assessment as it relates to the forensic evaluation, and
  • Recommending treatment and services.ecommending treatment and services.

The initial training is three full days and an examination is administered at the conclusion.

Juvenile Training

An optional additional day of training provides specialized instruction for evaluators desiring to perform evaluations on children younger than age 15. This day is mandatory for those who intend to perform juvenile evaluations. An exam is also held at the conclusion of the juvenile session.

Recertification Training

Recertification training is mandatory every two years to provide information regarding relevant changes to law, Oregon Administrative Rules and relevant advanced topics.

Participation in the Oregon Forensic Evaluator training is restricted to new applicants for certification, currently certified evaluators, and Forensic Evaluation Service interns.

There is no additional cost to participate in the training; costs for training are included in the fee for application. Currently certified evaluators are welcome to join any training for a refresher at no charge.

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