Membership & Certification

Professional Members

Professional members have provided copies of their highest academic degree (the minimum requirement being a Masters degree), a listing of their related licenses and certifications, an updated Curriculum Vitae, and detailed information (within their CV or in a separate Rule 26 listing) of at least 3 years of professional service in providing assessment and testimony in vocational rehabilitation, forensic vocational and/or forensic economic areas of expertise.

Certified Members

Certified members are Professional members who have successfully completed AREA’s certification exam which consists of a case analysis. Additionally, they have submitted an official transcript from the college/university where they received their highest degree; a copy of lesser degree(s) earned; three letters of recommendation from attorneys or judges; two forensic work products used at trial (including one deposition transcript demonstrating wage loss proficiency and present value calculations); and proof of at least one vocational certification if they are not an economic or financial consultant.

Members certified prior to 8/1/94 are listed as CREs, signifying their Certification in Rehabilitation Economics. Those certified after 8/1/94 are listed as CEAs, or Certified Earnings Analysts. Some members certified prior to 1994 have obtained the CEA designation by taking a supplementary exam, as well as meeting all of the above criteria.

Registered Members

Registered members are Professional members who have testified at least twice in a judicial proceeding related to disability matters in either Social Security, Worker’s Compensation, Municipal, Superior or Federal Court. They have also submitted two letters of reference from attorneys or judges asserting competency of testimony; official transcripts of their related degree(s); two work products; and at least one vocational certification if they are not an economic or financial consultant.

Members in this classification are listed as either Registered Forensic Economists (RFEs) or Forensic Vocational Experts (FVEs), depending upon their primary area of specialization.

Associate Members

Associate members have provided copies of their highest academic degree(s), related licenses/certifications, and curriculum vitae, documenting any professional experience related to vocational rehabilitation, forensic vocational and/or economic assessment and testimony.

Student Members

Student members have provided copies of their highest academic degree(s), related licenses/certifications, DATED proof of their current student enrollment (i.e., photo I.D., letter from a professor, copy of their transcripts), and a curriculum vitae, documenting any professional experience related to vocational rehabilitation, forensic vocational and/or economic assessment and testimony.

NOTE:  Membership status is subject to Annual Renewal, including a signed Statement of Adherence to Ethical Principles. The Statement pledges that the Member will accept appropriate consulting assignments, provide truthful statements, be impartial and maintain current knowledge of his/her field when making evaluations and offering testimony associated with forensic litigation.

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