About Cellebrite Certifications
What does it mean to be certified?
Cellebrite awards participants a certification credential in a field of study to certify that recipient's proficiency as measured by written and practical assessments. Although the examination requirements from course to course may vary, Cellebrite requires a score of 80% or better on all examinations and practical skills assessments to achieve a passing score for all certifications.
Why is certification important?
Industry and vendor certifications document an individual’s knowledge and ability to demonstrate practical skills necessary to conduct forensic examinations. Industry standard certifications have become invaluable to the digital forensic community as they separate the wheat from the chaff.
A "Certificate of Attendance" means a student has met the minimum attendance requirement in each training program. As explained previously, when a student earns certifications from Cellebrite, it means they have demonstrated their ability to meet or exceed competencies for that credential to be issued to them.
Examiners and legal professionals don't need additional challenges in court. When introducing evidence in criminal and civil proceedings, examiners holding valid Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) and Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME) certifications are preferred over those who cannot prove their competency.
Cellebrite requires certifications be renewed by the end of the second year after achievement. For example, certificates earned in 2017 must be renewed by 31 December 2019.
The purpose of recertification (renewing certifications) is to provide proof of ongoing education and competency in a field of study. In addition to submitting proof of continuing education requirements, certificate holders must pass an online assessment during the year in which they are set to expire.
It should be noted that those who progress through the Core Mobile Forensic Track need only recertify at the highest-level certification achieved to renew all lesser certificates. For example, if a student earns CCPA subsequently to CCO, recertifying at the CCPA level will renew the CCO.
A fee may be required for recertification assessments and refresher courses offered by Cellebrite. Additional information on how to apply for recertification can be found in our Upcoming Courses.
What if I have the CCLO (Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator)?
On January 1, 2017, CCO replaced the CCLO certification. Your certification is equivalent to the CCO in every way. In fact, when you recertify in 2017 and beyond, you will receive the new CCO certificate.
How do I renew my certification?
If your certification expired in 2016, you are currently in a redemption period. Please complete the Cellebrite Training Technical Support form. Select "Recertification Questions" from the topic menu and your inquiry will be directed to our Certification Team for further assistance.
If your CCO (formerly CCLO) or CCPA certification is current and due to expire in the current year, you may renew these certifications in one of three ways.
Option 1 - Earn the CCME!
Cellebrite's progressive Core Mobile Forensic Track only requires you to take the highest recertification exam to renew lower required certifications. In fact, once you earn the highest certification in this track (the CCME), you will receive certificates confirming you have met your CCO and CCPA recertification requirements. The cost of taking the CCME is currently $300 USD - increasing to $389 upon release of a new version in mid-2017. Click here to learn more about the CCME and register.
Option 2 - Take the Recertification Refresher Course and Exam
If you are not ready for the CCME and feel that a refresher course would be your best option before attempting the recertification exam. The cost of taking the Recertification Refresher Course which includes the recertification exam is $289 USD. This course will reinforce intermediate to advanced concepts and functions of UFED Physical Analyzer. The online on-demand program will include knowledge checks and hands-on practicals built into the course to prepare you for the exam. Click here to pre-purchase the Recertification Refresher Course and Exam.
Option 3 - Take the stand-alone Recertification Exam
If you have been conducting mobile device extractions and using UFED Physical Analyzer to examine cell phone data for the previous two years, you may elect to take the stand-alone recertification exam. The cost of taking a single attempt of the stand-alone Recertification Exam is $89 USD.
Cellebrite believes in progressive education, therefore you will only need to take the highest recertification exam to renew lower certifications. For example, if you hold both CCO and CCPA, you will only need to take the CCPA recertification exam to renew both.
If you do not pass this attempt, you may attempt it a second time only by taking the Recertification Refresher Course and Exam option. Please complete the Cellebrite Training Technical Support form. Select "Recertification Questions" from the topic menu and your inquiry will be directed to our Certification Team for further assistance.
Core Mobile Forensic Track
Cellebrite’s Core Mobile Forensic Track is essential forensics training for law enforcement, military, intelligence and private sector practitioners. Participants will learn competency with industry leading digital forensics tools, how to effectively apply fundamental forensics principles, practice correct methodologies in order to accurately analyze and validate extraction results and produce evidence that will stand up in court.
The Cellebrite Mobile Forensics Fundamentals (CMFF) course is the starting point for first responders, investigators and CSI staff tasked with identifying and seizing mobile devices for data acquisition. This is the ideal starting point for personnel newly assigned to units dealing with digital forensic evidence but does not include conducting extractions.
The Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO) course is a valuable mobile forensic certification that certifies participants who have gained the knowledge and practical skills required to handle mobile devices in a forensically sound manner, use the UFED Touch2 and UFED 4PC, conduct extractions, basic analysis, and reports on extracted data.
The Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) course is an advanced level certification that certifies participants have gained knowledge and practical skills using UFED Physical Analyzer software conduct advanced analysis on mobile devices, including advanced search and analysis techniques to verify and validate findings. This class will also introduce students how to generate reports on technical findings.
The Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME) is a capstone certification examination designed to assess your comprehensive knowledge and practical skills. Those who successfully complete the CMFF, CCO and CCPA become eligible to seek our flagship certification as a Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME). The CCME is not a training course, but a capstone certification examination with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills assessments.