The CFE as an Expert Witness

The CFE as an Expert Witness
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3 Credits


This course identifies the knowledge and skills you need to be a qualified, well-prepared and successful expert witness. You will review the legal standards used to evaluate an expert witness, examine the traits needed to be an ideal expert witness, learn how to give expert testimony and compose proper expert reports.

Key Takeaways:

  • Requirements and traits of a qualified expert witness 
  • What elements to include in expert testimony and reports 
  • Most effective testimony for depositions, direct testimony and cross-examination 
  • Which ethical guidelines are applicable during expert testimony 


Fundamental understanding of the trial process

You Will Learn How To:

Identify the legal standards for giving expert testimony

Determine how to become the ideal expert witness

Ascertain the relevance and admissibility of testimony

Recall how to create proper expert reports

Identify what communications and information are confidential or privileged

Determine what testimony is effective during depositions, direct testimony and cross-examination

Recognize the ethical guidelines that apply when testifying

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Roles of CFEs in Litigation
Lesson 2 Legal Standards for Expert Testimony
Lesson 3 Qualifications of Expert Witnesses
Lesson 4 Becoming the Ideal Expert Witness
Lesson 5 Subject Matter of Testimony in Fraud Cases
Lesson 6 Admissibility
Lesson 7 Privileges and Confidentiality
Lesson 8 Expert Reports
Lesson 9 Depositions
Lesson 10 Direct Examination Techniques for Expert Witnesses
Lesson 11 Surviving Cross-Examination
Lesson 12 Ethical Issues for Expert Witnesses

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 3
NASBA Information: Specialized Knowledge
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: December 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


CPE Credit

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

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System Requirements:

  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
  • Speakers required for video sound

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