How do I renew my certification?

If your CCO, CCPA or CCME certification expired in the year immediately prior to this year, you are currently in a redemption period.

• If your certificates expire this year, you may renew any time during the current year prior to 31 December.
• Recertification at the CCO and CCPA level require the completion of Cellebrite's Recertification Refresher Course.
• Renewal of certifications which become expired may incur late fees and can only be renewed for 12 months after expiration, after that they become invalid.
IMPORTANT: If your certificates expire next year or later, you will NOT see recertification options until after January 1 of the year your certificate(s) expire.

How do I know when my certification expires?

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. For more information about minimum attendance requirements in our instructor-led and live online training, visit the Cellebrite Attendance Policy page.

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.

##### Renewing Certifications

Cellebrite requires core certifications be renewed by the end of the second year after achievement. For example, certificates earned in 2019 must be renewed by 31 December 2021.

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 course during the year in which they are set to expire, or no later than 12 months after expiration.

It should be noted that those who progress through Cellebrite's Core Mobile Forensic Track need only recertify at the highest-level certification achieved. This will also renew lower certificates. For example, if a student earns CCME, recertifying at this level will renew their CCO and CCPA as well. From this point forward, the CCME holder will only need to recertify at the CCME level to achieve all three.