Cellebrite Recertification Process and FAQ
Official Cellebrite Training and Certification
The Cellebrite Forensic Training System (CFTS) officially launched in June, 2013. The first official Cellebrite certification class was taught at the 2013 Mobile Forensic World conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The CFTS established a standardized, relevant and current curriculum to deliver the appropriate level of knowledge and practical experience by Cellebrite Certified Instructors (CCI) around the world.
Students attending our certification courses must complete the course and pass appropriate examinations prior to achieving Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO) and/or Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) credentials. Upon completion of a course, participants receive certifications, making them eligible to move to the next stage in the curriculum.
The CFTS is designed to offer a progressive certification system, allowing those students who achieve a higher-level certification, to maintain lower level certificates. For example, someone who earns the CCO credential will renew that certification by achieving CCPA. In addition, individuals who earn CCO and CCPA, may renew both of those certifications by earning our capstone certification, Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME).
The CCME certifies that the recipient has attained a level of mastery in the discipline of mobile device forensic investigation methodology and a high level of proficiency with Cellebrite’s Physical Analyzer software as well as working and practical knowledge regarding Cellebrite’s UFED technology. The CCME test measures the practitioner’s skill using three popular mobile device operating systems including Android, iOS, and Blackberry. CCME certification indicates that an investigator is a skilled mobile device examiner. The CCME is available to applicants who have completed the Cellebrite Mobile Forensic Fundamentals (CMFF) course, and hold current official CCO and CCPA certifications. Examiners wishing to earn their CCME certification must complete the process within two years of earning their CCPA credential.
Due to the rapid evolvement of technology and enhancements to our product line, all of Cellebrite’s certification credentials shall be valid for two years. CCO, CCPA, and CCME holders must recertify during the calendar year they are due to expire. For example, if you received your certification(s) in 2013, you must recertify by the end of 2015. For clarification, Cellebrite certifications shall be deemed valid through the end of the calendar year in which recertification is due.
Cellebrite only requires you to recertify at the highest level achieved. For example, if you have earned CCO and CCPA, you would only need to take the CCPA recertification to renew both. If you progress to earn the CCME, your CCO and CCPA would be refreshed to the date you earn CCME. Additional clarification is listed below under the question: “How and when do I recertify?”
Is my Cellebrite certification valid?
If your certificate has an appearance like the sample shown here, it is an official certification issued by Cellebrite. Your records should also exist in our Cellebrite Learning Center and you will receive an email notification when your expiration is approaching. Please login to www.cellebritelearningcenter.com periodically to ensure your contact information is current in our system.
If your certificate appears different than the example shown, it is considered a non-standard certificate, which may or may not be valid. Please continue reading for details.
What if I cannot find my certificate?
If you have taken an official course directly with Cellebrite, or with a training partner who was teaching our official curriculum, you should have received your certificate for course attendance and certification through the Cellebrite Learning Center (CLC) as noted above. Please try logging into your account at www.cellebritelearningcenter.com. Once logged in, you should be able to access your training history under “My Courses” on the left side of the screen and download a copy of your certificates. If you run into difficulties, please contact the Certification Manager for assistance at email@example.com.
What if my certificate looks different, or I do not have training records in the Cellebrite Learning Center?
If your certificate was issued prior to January 1, 2013, you are not holding a valid or official certification. We regret any difficulty this causes for our loyal customers but diluting our official certification program and its inherent value does not serve our customers, the profession, and the forensic community in general. If you fall into this category, you must take our official curriculum and pass the appropriate examinations to be considered CCO and/or CCPA.
If your certificate was issued January 1 – December 31, 2013, and it does not appear like the sample certificate shown, it is possible that you received a certificate from a vendor who was not delivering official training curriculum. You may be holding a non-standard certificate. Please apply for recertification (link below) to upload and assess your certificates by reading the section below “What is the process to apply for the recertification examination?” There is no cost to apply for recertification.
If your certificate is issued after January 1, 2014, and it does not appear like the sample certificate shown, contact your training provider for resolution.
I have a non-standard certificate issued January 1 – December 31, 2013, how can I have it reviewed by Cellebrite for validity?
The Cellebrite Certification Manager will review recertification requests on a case-by-case basis for non-standard certificate holders. Please apply for recertification (link below) to upload and assess your certificates by reading the section below “What is the process to apply for the recertification examination?”
What happens if my non-standard certificate is reviewed and deemed acceptable by the Certification Manager?
If your certificate is validated and approved by Cellebrite, you will be offered the ability to renew the CCO and/or CCPA certification by passing an online examination. When offered one of the recertification examinations, you must complete that exam during the next recertification exam offering. Non-standard certificate holders will have one attempt to pass the exam (no re-test available).
Depending upon the results of the Certification Manager’s review and validation of your submitted non-standard certificate(s), you will be offered the opportunity to take ONE of the following examinations:
- Official CCO recertification examination
- Official CCPA recertification examination
- Non-standard certificate assessment examination for CCO and/or CCPA
What is the non-standard Certificate Assessment?
Based on an internal review, applicants may be required to pass an examination prior to having their certificates recognized as official CCO and/or CCPA certification. This assessment allows practitioners to demonstrate they have attended a course consisting of Cellebrite’s official core curriculum and taught by a Cellebrite Certified Instructor.
This examination is designed to measure the practitioner’s knowledge and proficiency using Cellebrite’s latest UFED technology. This is a time-limited examination, which must be passed with a score of 80% or better. There is only ONE attempt allowed to pass this exam.
- The CCO non-standard certificate assessment contains 60 questions and must be completed in 120 minutes.
- The CCPA non-standard certificate assessment contains 50 questions and must be completed in 105 minutes.
- The CCO + CCPA non-standard certificate assessment requires completion of both exams above.
What if I do not pass the non-standard Certificate Assessment?
If you do not pass the non-standard Certificate Assessment, you will be offered an opportunity to attend and successfully complete an official Cellebrite certification course at a reduced rate. Additional details will be delivered to those who do not pass this assessment examination.
What happens if my non-standard certificate is reviewed and not accepted?
If your non-standard certificate is not accepted as a valid certificate, it means that Cellebrite cannot recognize your certificate because:
- Cellebrite has no idea of the content, skill sets or domains that were imparted in those third party classes. Even if that content was relevant to Cellebrite at that time, the entire software and hardware platform has radically changed since then, as has the forensic problems and challenges students face today, rendering some or all of that training stale.
- To allow someone who has not received recent and relevant training on current methods and toolset to possess our industry standard and regulated certificates unfortunately devalues the certification for those who are current and invested in the official CFTS, along with those who would seek it now and in the future.
- Since Cellebrite had no commercial or oversight arrangement with any Authorized Training Partners (ATP) prior to 2013, we cannot compel them to rectify the situation financially.
Again, we regret any difficulty this causes for our loyal customers but diluting our official certification program and its inherent value does not serve our customers, the profession, and the forensic community in general.
I have the official CCO and/or CCPA certification but I am still using a UFED Classic, am I eligible to re-certify?
Unfortunately, Cellebrite no longer supports the Cellebrite UFED Classic and therefore it would be unlikely that the tool you are using is up to current standards. Recertification examinations are comprised of concepts from the official curriculum and the latest enhancements to the UFED products. In addition, using older versions of UFED Logical and Physical Analyzer software will likely result in providing incorrect responses during the examination.
What will be on the examination and how do I study for it?
The examination has been designed to measure your recall of information from our official core course material, as well as continued usage of the UFED Touch or 4PC platform for extractions and subsequent analysis using the latest updates to the Logical and/or Physical Analyzer software. As long as you have been consistently using these products and are aware of the latest enhancements, you should find the recertification examination challenging, yet fair. There is no “study guide” for the recertification examination, but we do recommend reviewing your core course material and the current release notes on the support page at cellebrite.com. CCO and CCPA course manuals are only available to students who attend official Cellebrite training and are not sold, replaced or otherwise provided individually.
If I do not pass the exam when can I attempt it again?
Official Cellebrite certificate holders will have two attempts to pass the examination. You must pass with a score of 80% or better to successfully recertify. Failure to pass will require you to repeat the course, initial certification exams and current practical examinations.
What if I fail two attempts?
Students who fail two attempts at the recertification examination will be offered attendance at an instructor lead CCO+CCPA course at a reduced rate.
What is the benefit in maintaining certification?
In the fast paced and ever evolving field of mobile forensics, it is imperative that the analyst can demonstrate they possess up to date knowledge and experience in this field.
How often do I have to recertify?
Cellebrite has established a two-year recertification cycle for all levels of certification. For clarification, Cellebrite certifications shall be deemed valid through the end of the calendar year in which recertification is due. For example, if you achieved your certification any time in 2014, you are due to recertify by December 31, 2016.
How much does it cost to recertify?
- The CCO recertification examination is $69.
- The CCPA recertification examination is $89.
- The non-standard CCO or CCPA assessment is $129.
- The non-standard CCO and CCPA assessment is $149.
NOTE: An additional $100 late fee shall be assessed for those in remediation status (see below for additional details).
How and when do I recertify?
You must recertify your credentials every two years.
Recertification examinations will be offered from throughout the year. For clarification, Cellebrite certifications shall be deemed valid through the end of the calendar year in which recertification is due. For example, if you achieved your certification any time in 2014, you are due to recertify no later than December 31, 2016.
In lieu of taking the recertification examination, you also have the ability recertify by progressing to the next level of certification.
Progressive certification example: If you earned CCO in June 2013, followed by CCPA in August 2013, Cellebrite will recognize and renew your CCO and CCPA recertification due date to 2015. If you then earn your CCME within 24 months of earning your CCPA certification, Cellebrite will renew both your CCO and CCPA expiration dates to that of your newly earned CCPA expiration.
Only the highest recertification exam required: You will only have to take the recertification examination for the highest level you hold. If you earned CCO in June 2013, followed by CCPA in August 2013, simply take the CCPA recertification examination in 2015 to renew both your CCO and CCPA certifications.
The CCO and CCPA recertification examinations are offered exclusively online via the Cellebrite Learning Center.
Please read below to learn how to apply for your recertification exam.
What happens if I choose not to take the recertification examination, am I still certified?
No. Cellebrite certifications are only valid for two years. For clarification, Cellebrite certifications shall be deemed valid through the end of the calendar year in which recertification is due.
What happens if I fail to recertify in the year I am due?
If you failed to recertify during the calendar year you are due, your certification will expire and enter a single remediation period that ends on the last day of March of the following year. If you fail to recertify during the redemption period, you will have to take the courses and appropriate exam(s) again.
You may apply for recertification as described below with the following conditions:
- A late fee of $100 may be assessed in addition to the applicable examination fee
- If you fail to recertify during the remediation period, your certification will no longer be valid
- If you pass the recertification examination in a remediation status, your expiration year is not extended. To illustrate this situation, if you were due to recertify in 2015, but pass the remediation exam in March 2016, you will be due to recertify again in 2017, not 2018.
What is the process to apply for the recertification examination?
THERE IS NO COST TO APPLY FOR RECERTIFICATION
For CCO and/or CCPA recertification, you will be required to:
1) Ensure your certifications were earned within the last 2 years; and
2) Sign up for an account at www.cellebritelearningcenter.com (or confirm your current account login); and
3) Apply for recertification within the prescribed renewal period
CCME recertification will launch in the second half of 2016. Please visit this page for details.
How do I contact the manager of certifications at Cellebrite?
The email address for the Certification Manager is: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I obtain my certificates?
Upon passing the appropriate recertification examination, you will be able to print your new certificate within the Cellebrite Learning Center.