(a)  The individual seeking certification as a forensic evaluator shall complete six hours of initial training provided by the Division in order to be certified as a local certified forensic evaluator. The initial training shall include:

(1)           current laws and practices including the role of the local certified forensic evaluator in the capacity to proceed evaluation process;

(2)           procedures for conducting interviews including evaluation for the presence of mh/dd/sa disorders, or other relevant conditions;

(3)           procedures for completing reports required by Rule .0207 of this Section;

(4)           process for reporting findings to the court; and

(5)           an examination at the conclusion of the training which assesses comprehension of the training material and an understanding of the duties of a local certified forensic evaluator.

(b)  Each local certified forensic evaluator shall complete four hours of continuing education seminars provided by the Pre-Trail Evaluation Center by December 31 of each calendar year.

(c)  Continuing education seminar topics may include:

(1)           evaluation skills training to enhance skills acquired through the initial local certified forensic evaluator training;

(2)           changes in existing laws and current practices; and

(3)           evaluation of mh/dd/sa populations.

(d)  Local certified forensic evaluators shall be exempt from the continuing education requirement in the calendar year in which they are first certified.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 15A‑1002; 122C-54; 122C-115.4(a); 122C-191; 143B-147;

Eff. July 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 26, 2017;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2018.