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NAFE Membership Levels and annual dues

  • Fellow                        $350
  • Senior Member       $300
  • Member                    $250
  • Associate Member  $225
  • Affiliate                      $150
  • Student                      $50
  • Life Member             $100

Member Benefits

The services that NAFE members receive include:

  • Access to the online NAFE Directory - Search for other members.
  • A subscription to The Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, which publishes papers by NAFE Members on a variety of issues of concern to practicing forensic engineers. All members and affiliates have immediate free online access to every NAFE Journal paper published since 1984.
  • Become a published author in the NAFE Journal
  • Invitation to attend NAFE seminars, held at least semi-annually. NAFE seminars provide an opportunity to meet directly with other forensic engineering practitioners and receive counsel and advice from Academy officers, and members, and receive continuing education credit.
  • Access to the NAFE1 Discussion Group which was formed by the members of NAFE to exchange forensic engineering information. The goal of the NAFE1 Discussion group is to improve and advance the practice of Forensic Engineering.
  • Participation in the NAFE Mentoring Program, either as a Mentor or Mentee.

To qualify for full membership, a candidate must be a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and must be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.). The candidate must have appropriate engineering education and experience in practice, including actual experience in forensic engineering. In addition, the candidate must provide acceptable detailed references from attorneys, senior claims managers or NAFE members who are personally familiar with his or her forensic practice and experience. Forensic engineers working towards the requirements of full membership may qualify to become an Associate Member of NAFE.

For those persons new to NAFE or who are not yet eligible for full membership or Associate grade, the following affiliations are available:

Affiliate and Student Affiliate.

Benefits of Board Certification

NAFE Members, Senior Members and Fellows are Board Certified in Forensic Engineering through the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). The CESB was formed by national engineering technical and professional societies, the state examining boards who license professional engineers and the accreditation board which governs the university engineering curricula.

All NAFE Members, Senior Members and Fellows are Board Certified Diplomates in Forensic Engineering through NAFE. Associate Members and Affiliates are not Board Certified Diplomates and are not permitted to use the designation.

Continuing Professional Competency (CPDs)

NAFE Members keep track of their continuing education and report their data to NAFE each year. A minimum of 100 hours accumulated over the past five years is required to maintain good standing. Seminars, training, self-study, publishing engineering articles and books, and NAFE leadership activities all qualify for credit.

How to Learn More:


About the Academy


Our Mission

The National Academy of Forensic Engineers and its members are committed to:

  • Serving the public by advancing the ethical and professional practice of forensic engineering;

  • Serving the jurisprudential system by certifying individuals having achieved expertise in forensic engineering;

  • Serving Academy members and furthering the development of forensic engineers through education and the publication of peer-reviewed technical literature.


History of NAFE

From its conception in the late 1970s NAFE was intended as an educational institution to foster and teach competent practice by PE’s in the legal system, avoiding commercialism and emphasizing ethics. A program of lectures giving examples of actual FE practice situations would be the modality of the presentations, followed then by Technical Peer Review prior to Publication. After drafting of the governing documents, filing of the new NAFE corporation was made in the District of Columbia on May 25, 1982 [later moved to Virginia]. The first general meeting of the Academy was held in conjunction with the NSPE meetings of January, 1984 in San Francisco. Ninety FE’s attended and detailed lectures about FE practice were presented.


What is Forensic Engineering?

Forensic Engineering is "the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution".

Matters in litigation often involve technical issues that require experts to sort out and explain to their clients, report to opposing parties, and ultimately explain to a judge and jury.  Forensic Engineers investigate, research, report, and sometimes testify at deposition and trial.



Among the benefits of NAFE membership, our conferences provide the greatest opportunities for professional development. Meeting with other professionals who share the same "knack" for understanding how things work - we learn from one another and become better practitioners. We exchange practice tips, discuss best practices, and actually get to know one another over time. Whether face-to-face or virtual, NAFE conferences are a stimulating blend of education and fellowship.

Twice each year, summer and winter, NAFE presents two full days of educational seminars. NAFE is a recognized provider of Continuing Professional Development credits by State Professional Engineering Boards, and provides certificates to attendees.

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers

Journal of NAFE

The Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to supporting forensic engineering in all engineer disciplines. Many of the articles are available at no cost to the public.

Board Certified Diplomate Forensic Engineers



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