How to join NAFE

Email:  - or submit the online application below.



New Affiliate Application      

 New Member and Associate Member Application

NAFE Membership Levels:

    • Fellow
    • Senior Member
    • Member
    • Associate Member
    • Affiliate

Member Benefits

The services that NAFE members receive include:

  • Access to the online NAFE Directory.

  • 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.  

  • 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.  

Chart - Member classifications, entrance requirements and benefits

Board Certification

The NAFE is a founding (charter) member of the Council of 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.

Fees and Maintenance:

Fellow, Senior Member and Member:

To maintain membership as a Fellow the following is required;

  • Proof of membership in the NSPE,
  • Proof of membership in a recognized technical society,
  • Proof of no less than 100 Continuing Education Units earned over the last 5 years, and
  • Annual Dues payment of $350 for Fellows, Senior Members $300 and Members $250.

Associate Members

To maintain membership as an Associate Member the following is required;

  • Proof of membership in the NSPE,
  • Proof of membership in a national or international technical society,
  • Proof of no less than 50 Continuing Education Units earned over the last 5 years, and
  • Annual Dues payment of $225.


To maintain affiliation as an Affiliate the following is required;

  • Annual Dues payment of $150, Students $25.