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Yes!  CFCE applicants must have successfully completed 72 hours of training in the field of computer/digital forensics that is comparable to the IACIS CFCE core competencies (Please review the CFCE Core Competencies link under Certification).  The two-week IACIS Basic Computer Forensics Examiner training satisfies these requirements.  For applicants that have not completed the IACIS BCFE, successful completion of comparable training is required and IACIS reserves the right to approve or deny training submissions.  Applicants that have not attended the IACIS BCFE training must submit proof of course completion by scanning applicable certificates of completion, diplomas, or other similar records for IACIS review.  Applicants not meeting the training requirement will not be allowed to participate in the CFCE Certification Program.  In this event any registration fees will be reimbursed to the applicant, minus any applicable background check fees. 
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  

No.  In July of 2010, the membership of IACIS voted to open the CFCE Certification Program to the general public.  Applicants are required to complete the registration process, and some applicants may be required to undergo a background check.

If you have questions about membership, please check our website for more information or send an email to the IACIS Secretary at secretary@iacis.com

CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
If you have any additional questions regarding the course then please send an email to cfce@iacis.com or certification@iacis​.com.
CFCE CertificationYesYes
  
If you attend the IACIS BCFE training event, enrollment for the CFCE Certification Program is made during the BCFE event.  In this instance the fee for enrolling in the CFCE is waived for the CFCE Program cycle that immediately follows the training event (does not apply to subsequent cycles).  Applicants that do not attend the BCFE training event may sign up through the IACIS website during the specified enrollment periods.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  

IACIS provides candidates with two methods to enroll in the CFCE Program. 

1)  Successful completion of the two-week IACIS Basic Computer Forensic Examiner (BCFE) training course entitles CFCE candidates to enter the first available CFCE cycle following the BCFE training event.  This is a one-time offer that is included in the tuition price of the IACIS BCFE training course.  (If you plan to attend the IACIS Basic Computer Forensic Examiner training course, do not register for the CFCE Certification Program.  Registration details will be provided during the BCFE event.)

 2)  For those that do not wish to or cannot attend the BCFE training event, the CFCE Certification Program is available upon registration and payment of the $750 registration fee.  Applicants for the CFCE Certification Program may be required to undergo a background check as a part of the registration process.

CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
No, a proficiency test is only one part of the recertification process.  You must meet the other requirements. 
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
The Peer Review phase is open for a period of four (4) months.  Candidates must complete all of the practical exercises during that time period.  Once the peer review phase has been completed, candidates have up to three months to enter the CFCE Certification phase.  Candidates entering the CFCE Certification phase have three months to complete the certification phase.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Yes.  Complete the registration process and pay the requisite fee.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Yes.  A background check is performed on all certification applicants unless one of the following exemptions exist:
  • The applicant is a full-time employee of a law enforcement or government organization who has undergone a background investigation by the employing organization, and the employing organization provides a letter confirming the applicant has undergone a background investigation with no disqualifying information discovered that would prevent their employment with the law enforcement or government organization; or
  • The applicant has a government clearance or security rating that is verifiable by IACIS.  The applicant must provide proof of the clearance or security rating or provide a point of contact within their employing organization for verification purposes.  If the applicant cannot provide proof of the clearance or security rating, a background check will be performed.

IACIS does not conduct background checks.  TalentWise™ has been contracted by IACIS to perform background screening.  Once the applicant completes the IACIS CFCE Program registration, IACIS will set up a background request.  The applicant will receive an email and the background check will be performed once the applicant completes the online forms. IACIS will review the background results and determine if the candidate meets the requisite criteria. 

NOTE:  IACIS will NOT authorize a background check to be performed on the applicant until the requisite fee is paid in full.  If any applicant fails the background check, IACIS will reimburse the CFCE Program fee in full minus the background fee.  To inquire about the fees, please send an email to treasurer@iacis.com.

CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
No.  As long as you enter the next available CFCE program cycle immediately following the training event, the certification fee is waived.  If you fail to enter or otherwise fail the certification program and wish to enter the CFCE at a later time, candidates must pay the requisite registration fee.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Yes.  Complete the application, meet the training requirements, successfully complete the background check (if applicable) and pay the requisite fee.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Although the traditional form of training is not provided in the CFCE Certification Program, candidates are mentored by IACIS coaches while participating in the Peer Review phase of the CFCE Certification Program.  Applicants must have completed the IACIS BCFE course or submit proof of comparable training equating to a minimum of 72 hours (see above).  To reiterate, while the Peer Review phase provides candidates with feedback and guidance relevant to the core competencies, coaches do NOT teach, instruct, or deliver formal training.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Yes. Please visit our recertification page for more details.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  

There are six (6) competency areas addressed in the CFCE Certification program.  Please visit the CFCE Certification Competencies webpage for more details as the list below represents the primary categories.

•    Pre-Examination Procedures and Legal Issues

•    Media Examination and Analysis

•    Data Recovery

•    Specific Analysis of Recovered Data

•    Reporting and Exhibits

•    Defense and Presentation of Findings

CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
The CFCE certification phase is an independent process by which candidates must examine some form of electronic media and answer a series of questions based on the electronic media examined.  Candidates must also complete a comprehensive written examination that encompasses all of the CFCE core competencies.  Candidates must achieve a score of 80% on the practical and written exercises.  Candidates must also submit a notarized document attesting that the work completed was independent and unassisted.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
The peer review phase of the CFCE program involves a series of practical exercises that incorporate the CFCE core competencies.  Candidates are assigned to a coach that will mentor the candidate while reviewing the candidate’s submissions for each practical exercise (aka: problems).  Candidates must pass each aspect of a practical exercise to advance to the next practical exercise.  In addition, candidates must pass all of the practical exercises in the order assigned to successfully complete the peer review phase and advance to the certification phase.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
The CFCE is a certification program derived from a series of technical computer/digital forensics competencies.  IACIS offers the “CFCE Program” to prospective candidates who wish to attain the CFCE certification.  The CFCE program is comprised of a peer review phase and certification phase.  The peer review phase is a mentored process whereby candidates are presented with a series of practical forensic problems.  Candidates are required to successfully address each of the practical problems, apply the appropriate forensic techniques where appropriate, and submit reports or assessment documents after completing each practical exercise.  Once the peer review phase has been successfully completed within the specified time constraints, candidates may enter the CFCE certification phase.  The CFCE certification phase consists of a practical exercise and comprehensive written final examination designed to test the candidate’s ability to demonstrate and apply sound forensic techniques.  Upon successful completion of this phase, the candidate is awarded the coveted Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) Certification.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
The CFCE Certification Program begins on June 1st and December 1st of each year.  Registration begins a few months in advance of the program's start date and closes 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the start date.  Early registration is highly encouraged as IACIS limits the number of candidate enrollment to ensure adequate IACIS staffing is available.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
Two certification cycles are held each year, beginning in June and December.  Payment is due before the respective certification program begins.  Failure to pay the requisite registration fees prior to the start of the certification cycle you wish to attend may result in your enrollment being denied.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
All CFCE candidates are assigned a coach during the peer review phase.  All candidates are treated equally and receive the same services.  However, during the certification phase candidates are no longer assigned a coach and must work independently.
CFCE CertificationYesNo
  
No.  This was changed in March of 2010 and is no longer a requirement of recertification.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
No. You can take any computer related classes or any investigative class that will benefit you in doing casework.  For example, taking any computer class such as HTML programming, Microsoft Office usage, or other technology classes will count towards your training requirement. Also, actual classroom hours are to be used. You may take a 3 credit hour course at your local college and spend 45 hours in the classroom, count the 45 hours.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
If you attended the IACIS® conference as a coach and/or instructor, the hours count towards satisfying training hours.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
If you are an IACIS member, login to the website and view the status of your certification in your profile at the bottom of the page.  The IACIS website now supports certifications earned and will display your certifications including the status of your certification (current, remediation, or revoked).  If you are not a present IACIS member and hold a CFCE certification, you may send an inquiry to certification@cops.org.  Please include your name and date of initial certification along with any subsequent re-certifications.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
Certificants who fail to take or otherwise do not attain a passing score on a proficiency test in the third year following the initial certification or recertification date will be required to complete and successfully pass one (1) proficiency test in the fourth year following the initial certification or recertification date.  Certificants may not take proficiency tests in immediate succession within the ninety-day (90) proficiency testing period.  Only one proficiency test may be taken when proficiency tests are offered within a ninety-day period.  The certificant’s CFCE certification will be classified as in remediation until the certificant passes one of two proficiency tests offered in the fourth (4th) year.  No more than two (2) proficiency tests can be taken in the fourth (4th) year. 
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  

If you fail the proficiency test(s) in the third and fourth years from the initial certification or last recertification, your CFCE will be revoked.  If you wish to obtain the CFCE certification, you will be required to enter the CFCE program as a new candidate and retake the entire process over again (and pass all objectives).

If you have any questions related to recertification or proficiency testing related to recertification requirements, please email recert@iacis.com.

CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
From the date of your last recertification, you are required to satisfy recertification requirements by December 31st in the third year, 23:59 (GMT).  You are required to take a proficiency test in the third year (not the first or second) from your last recertification certification.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
Currently, there is a requirement to perform at least one forensic examination per year within the three-year period. We have broadened this definition to include credit for those who supervise or manage a related function. We also recognize that some certificants may transfer to another area in their organization and no longer have access to perform an examination. This requirement can be satisfied by completing three (3) proficiency tests within three years.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
From the date of your initial certification, you are required to satisfy recertification requirements by December 31st in the third year, 23:59 (GMT).  You are required to take a proficiency test in the third year (not the first or second) from initial certification.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
  
Any computer training counts towards the continuing education requirement of recertification. The training does not have to be computer forensic training. Training such as webinars, podcasts, on-line training, and videos is also included.  Only the actual number of hours spent in training may be counted. These training hours can be from classes taught or attended, conferences, college/university, IACIS coaching, or any other verifiable attendance in some form of computer training.
CFCE Re-certificationYesNo
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