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The next round of submissions for certification of FAII practitioners will be in 2025. Submission of application forms and all associated documentation should be made by 31 January 2025

Please use this application form and consult the Guidance for Candidates to FAIIFurther information is provided in the Examination Procedures FAII candidates who elect to undertake Part 1 of the exam – demonstrating theoretical knowledge – via pathway A (simple mapping exercise of the curriculum of the candidates MSc topics against the required RAI Forensic anthropology curriculum or a portfolio submission based on case reports) should consult the FA curriculum document, and use this form to narrate their evidence of satisfying the RAI forensic anthropology curriculum. The form should be submitted by 31 January 2025 as part of the application.

The second stage of the FAII application exam is the practical exam, which is expected to take place in Summer 2025. The venue for the practical exam will be confirmed closer to the exam date. Candidates opting to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge by pathway B (written exam) will also sit a written exam at this time.

To be eligible for the FAII certification, all applicants must be Fellows of the RAI. Information about joining the RAI can be found on the Joining page.

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

The fee for the FAII examination is £200. Candidates will be invoiced on submission of application, which should be sent to

Applicants are advised to also consult the Practitioner Levels, Code 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. 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.


Continuing professional development is a vital part of the certification process. FAII practitioners are required to submit an application for recertification of their FAII status every 5 years if they have not progressed to FAI in this time. Practitioners are advised to consult the CPD document and the FAII recertification application form.