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 instrumental 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 a 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 face enough 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. Some jurisdictions require those who will be introducing evidence in legal proceedings to possess appropriate certifications.
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 competency in a field of study. To renew, certificate holders must complete an online recertification process 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 after CCO, recertifying at the CCPA level will renew the CCO certification.
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?
The illustration above shows an example based on someone who achieved both CCO and CCPA.
If your certification expired in the year immediately prior to this year, you are currently in a redemption period. Please complete the Cellebrite Training Technical Support form. Select "Recertification Questions" from the topic menu to send an inquiry to our Certification Director for assistance.
If your CCO (formerly CCLO) or CCPA certification is current and due to expire in this year, you will be notified via email when the recertification process is available for you in the Cellebrite Learning Center. Typically, renewing certifications is completed in one of three ways:
Option 1 - Take the Standalone Recertification Examination
If you have been conducting mobile device extractions on your UFED Touch, Touch2 or UFED 4PC and have been using UFED Physical Analyzer to examine cell phone data for the previous two years, you may wish to take the standalone recertification exam. The cost of taking a single attempt of the stand-alone Recertification Exam is $89 USD. Students who pass the examination will receive renewed recertification certificates valid for two additional years. Students who do not pass this examination and wish to renew must purchase, complete, and pass the Recertification Refresher Class and Examination (Option 2).
Option 2 - Take the Recertification Refresher Class and Exam
Some of you may not have had the opportunity to conduct many device extractions or use Physical Analyzer as often as you would like since earning your certification. This online, on-demand course will reinforce intermediate to advanced concepts and functions of UFED hardware and software. The cost of taking the Recertification Refresher Course which includes the recertification exam is $289 USD. Students who complete this course will receive a certificate of attendance documenting five (5) hours of online learning in addition to the ability to take the recertification examination. Students who pass the examination will be issued CCO and CCPA Recertification certificates valid for two years.
Option 3 - Earn the CCME!
Cellebrite's progressive Core Mobile Forensic Track only requires you to take the highest recertification exam to renew lower required certifications. By earning the highest certification in this track (the CCME), you will receive CCO and CCPA Recertification certificates valid for two years. The cost of taking the CCME is currently $300 USD - increasing to $389 upon release of a new version later in 2017.