Forensic Anthropologist I

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The next round of chartership of FAI level practitioners will be in 2024. The  submission of application forms and all associated documentation should be made by 28 February 2025. A date for the submission of three anonymised case reports will be individually communicated to the individual candidates following the submission of their application. Viva Voce oral examination as specified in the procedures will take place in April 2025 – (exact date to be confirmed).

Please use this application form and consult the Guidance for Candidates to FAIFurther information is provided in the Examination Procedures

To be eligible for the FAI examination, all applicants must be Fellows of the RAI. Information on joining the RAI can be found here.

Any queries on the application process should be addressed to the examination board via All email correspondence with the RAI for this examination must have “Forensic Anthropology Level I examination” in the subject heading.

The fee for the FAI examination is £500. Applicants will be invoiced on submission of application, which should be sent by email to  

Applicants are advised to also consult the Practitioner LevelsCode of Practice and CPD documents. A range of documentation on the roles and responsibilities of the expert witness and the UK criminal justice systems is available on the BAFA website but this must not be considered to be the full extent of information required for examination purposes.


Continuing professional development is a vital part of the chartership process. FAI practitioners are required to submit an application for recertification of their FAI status every 5 years. Practitioners are advised to consult the CPD document and the FAI recertification application form.  You must consult your own country’s criminal procedure rules for information on the roles and responsibilities of forensic anthropologists as expert witnesses within international criminal justice systems outside of the UK.