CCE: Certified Computer Examiner

Best Computer Forensics Certifications for 2014

The Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) comes from the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, aka ISFCE.

It is well-recognized in the industry and in the law enforcement community as a leading credential for computer forensics professionals. Private-sector holders usually include security officers and managers, IT administrators or managers, security or forensics consultants, systems and data security analysts and investigators, and even some lawyers and HR managers. Law enforcement holders usually serve as forensic investigators, analysts, or technicians, and conduct official investigations to research or prosecute computer crimes.

The certification process for the CCE includes both a proctored online multiple-choice exam and hands-on forensic analysis of a floppy or CD-R optical disk. When the online exam is completed, applicants conduct a thorough forensic examination of the test media with which they are supplied. Together, both written and hands-on portions are intended to verify a candidate’s skills and knowledge in the area of computer forensics.

The CCE training classes usually run for 5 days in the classroom (or 40 hours of online or self-paced materials). Instructor-led versions generally cost $2,500 to $3,500 in North America, and are highly regarded. Online or self-paced versions may be somewhat less expensive but don’t always deliver direct instructor contact.

Table 1: Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

Certification Name

Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

Required courses

One of the following is required:

  • Training at a CCE Bootcamp Authorized Training Center
  • Proof of other digital forensics training (can be self-study); must be approved by the Certification Board
  • At least 18 months of verifiable experience conducting digital forensic examinations

Candidates cannot have a criminal record.

Number of Exams

2 exams are required to earn the CCE:

  • Online Written Exam (75 questions in 45 minutes; 70% passing score required to proceed to Practical Examination)
  • Practical Examination (three actual scenarios to investigate)

Average score of 80% for both exams is required to earn the CCE

Cost per Exam

$395 USD for both exams in the USA; prices vary by location elsewhere


Self-study Materials

There are no books or Exam Crams available for this topic, but the ISFCE publishes a complete list of suggested study materials (books and online materials), all of which are readily available to the public: