Membership Benefits – General

  • Membership of a cross-sector group of professional interviewers
  • Uniformity of standards
  • Peer support / networking
  • Access to ethical interviewing training courses
  • Recognised qualifications accredited by Skills for Justice Awards
  • A transferable qualification status for Accredited Interviewers
  • A tiered approach to training ensuring your skills are relevant to your needs
  • Access to up to date, relevant legal and academic information
  • Increased reliability in the interview product for your organisation
  • Increased efficiency and cost effectiveness in your investigations
  • Increased options available at the conclusion of your investigation
  • Reduction in the number of legally challenged interviews
  • Increased marketability of your interviewing skills
  • Protection of investment in training for you and/or your organisation
  • Technical guidance/best practice guides – Knowledge Bank
  • Code of Conduct/ethics
  • Online forum – access to members’ area of website
  • Newsletter

 

Accreditation Scheme

  • Regular accreditation of trainers and training courses
  • Regular accreditation of practitioners
  • Use by organisations/individuals of the SoFI quality mark

 

Associate

Eligibility:

– Anyone

– Agree to SoFI Articles of Association

 

Benefits:

– Access to Members area of website

– Voting rights

– Some discounts for events

– Eligible to be selected for sub-committees

– Eligible to enter the SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing – ALP0053 course leading to a qualification accredited by Skills for Justice Awards

Not eligible to sit on MC or Committees

Not eligible to use the SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership fee@ £20 p.a.

 

 

Professional Member

Eligibility:

– Relevant Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

– Agree to SoFI Members Code of Conduct

 

Benefits:

– Access to members area of website

– Voting rights

– Eligible to enter the SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing – ALP0053 course leading to a qualification accredited by Skills for Justice Awards

– Discounts for events

– Eligible for MC and Committees

– Eligible to apply for any Accreditation level

– Not eligible to use the SoFI logo

 

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

– UK police interview training or equivalent

– External interview training equivalent to the above

– External specialist interview training (on merit)

– Relevant professional training e.g.

Solicitor / Barrister

Psychologist registered with British Psychological Society (BPS)

– Special cases not covered above (on merit)

 

Costs:

Membership fee@ £40 p.a.

 

 

Academic Member

Eligibility:

– Masters Degree or above in a relevant subject

– Currently employed as Lecturer or above in relevant subject

– Agree to SoFI Articles of Association

 

Benefits:

As Professional Member

 

Costs:

Membership fee @ £40 p.a.

 

SoFI Accredited Member

 

 

Eligibility:

– Associate, Professional Member or Academic Member

– Pass SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing – ALP0053 course

– Re-sit the Exam every 2 years

– Agree to SoFI Accredited Members Code of Conduct

 

Benefits:

– As Professional Member

– Inclusion on Accreditation list

– Use of post-nominal letters SoFI AM

– Use of SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

SoFI Accredited Interviewer

 

Eligibility:

– Associate, Professional Member or Academic Member

– Pass SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing – ALP0053 course, and approved Practical Units

– SoFI Theory Exam and Practical Assessment every 2 years

– Agree to SoFI Accredited Interviewers Code of Conduct

 

 

Benefits:

– As Professional Member

– Inclusion on Accreditation list

– Use of post-nominal letters SoFI AI

– Use of SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

 

SoFI Accredited Training Practitioner

Eligibility:

– Associate, Professional Member or Academic Member

– Pass SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing – ALP0053 course

– (Pass Advanced and / or Specialist Theory Unit Levels as appropriate)

 

-Provide evidence that they meet the Accredited Trainer Approval Criteria

(see Policies )

– Theory Exam and Practical Assessment every 2 – 3 years

– Agree to SoFI Accredited Trainers Code of Conduct

 

Benefits:

– As Professional Member

– Inclusion on Accredited Training Practitioners list

– Use of post-nominal letters SoFI ATP

– Use of SoFI logo

– Promotion by SoFI

 

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

Membership Fee and Application

The membership fee must be paid at the time of submitting your application. If the application is unsuccessful this fee will be refunded. We aim to process applications within 1 working day.

 

Please provide as much information as possible in the application and read the Articles of Association carefully as you will be required to comply with them.

We do not support or endorse:

  • Some interview techniques used widely in the USA;
  • Techniques based primarily on body language;
  • Most detecting deception techniques.

If you have any queries about our standards please contact info@so-fi.org prior to making your application.

Payment

The fastest and easiest way to join is to pay by PayPal at the end of the application process. However, if you would prefer to pay by other means please complete the application form, but not the PayPal section. Then contact the Society at jeffshiplee@so-fi.org and ask for details of alternative methods of payment.

 

Corporate Membership

SOFI does not currently run a corporate membership scheme. We accredit individual members, interviewers and trainers. However, we would be happy to discuss multiple memberships and include organisations who are committed to ethical investigative interviewing on our Partnership page.

Please contact jeffshiplee@so-fi.org for further information.

 


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