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

October Training
October 6, 2023 || 8am-5pm EST

Click here to request a group training. Email questions to Training@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.  

Email questions to Training@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 and submission of the post-evaluation. Participants can earn 8.5 credits.

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

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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