Our Psychological Autopsy Certification Training (PACT) leads one to become a certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator 

Member Fee: 

Psychological Autopsy Investigator Training and Certification: $675.00 

Certification Renewal: $499.00

Non-Member Fee: 

Psychological Autopsy Investigator Training and Certification: $775.00 

Certification Renewal: $499.00

Virtual Training Opportunities

February TrainingApril TrainingJune Training
February 22, 2023
1-5 pm EST
April 19, 2023
8 am – 5 pm EST
*Preconference at AAS’23 Annual Conference
June 23, 2023
8 am – 5 pm EST
February 23, 2023
1-5 pm EST

August TrainingOctober TrainingDecember Training
August 24, 2023
1-5 pm EST
October 20, 2023
8 am – 5 pm EST
December 7, 2023
1-5 pm EST
August 25, 2023
1-5 pm EST
December 8, 2023
1-5 pm EST

Click here to request a group training. Email questions to ATC@suicidology.org.


Since its inception in the 1960s, the AAS psychological autopsy investigator certification ™ is the premier certificate program for psychological autopsy investigators. Performed by certified professionals, a psychological autopsy is a best practice postmortem data collection procedure performed in addition to any other official death examination. A psychological autopsy helps to reconstruct the proximate and distal contributing factors of an individual’s death by suicide and document the most likely manner of death where that manner of death is equivocal and left undetermined by a medical examiner or coroner.


Candidates must possess a minimum of one of the following:  

  • Master’s degree in a social sciences/behavioral health field  
  • Alternative training in interviewing skills and a behavioral science background  
  • Current employment/volunteer activities consistent with the opportunity to conduct psychological autopsies e.g., law enforcement, medical examiner system, etc.  

Candidates must complete an application (by applying below) and upload of their CV/resume. 

Inquire: ATC@suicidology.org 


“In the wake of suicide and murder-suicide death in South Africa, the psychological autopsy can be the most important and effective tool for gathering information on suicide or murder-suicide death and providing answers on often asked – why?, why now? and why in this way.” Elelwani Muthivhi, Registered Counselor, and Researcher

“This course has been a wonderful experience and has given me the tools to provide this required service to the jail, and educate my staff on suicide risk. Those at highest risk are often not the ones they think are at highest risk!”Kimberly Warneke, M.D., Medical Director, Mental Health Services

Continuing Education Credits

CE credits may be earned for successful completion of the workshop component of the certification. Participants can earn 8.5 credits.

NASW Credits: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886455354-7264) for 8.5 continuing education contact hours.

NBCC Credits: The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

APA Credits: The American Association of Suicidology is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

ACCME ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Utah and American Association of Suicidology. The University of Utah is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: None of the faculty or planners or anyone in control of content for this continuing medical education activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not cover any products/services of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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