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EnCe: EnCase Certified Examiner

Best Computer Forensics Certifications For 2017

Guidance Software is a leader in the forensics tools and services arena. Its well-known and highly used EnCase Forensics software helps professionals acquire data from many different types of devices, complete disk-level examinations and produce reports of findings. The company also sells software for remote investigations (EnCase Endpoint Investigator), eDiscovery, risk management and endpoint security.

The company's certification program includes the Certified Forensic Security Responder (CFSR), EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner (EnCEP) and the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCe). Available to public and private sector professionals, the EnCE recognizes an individual's proficiency using EnCase Forensics software and mastery of computer investigation methodology, including evidence collection, preservation, file verification, file signatures and hashing, first responder activities and much more.

To achieve EnCe certification, candidates must show proof of a minimum of 64 hours of authorized computer forensic training or 12 months of qualified work experience, complete an application, and then successfully complete a two-phase exam that includes a written portion and a practical.

EnCE certifications are valid for 3 years from the date obtained. Recertification requires one of the following:

  • 32 credit hours of continuing education in computer forensics or incident response
  • A computer forensics or incident-response related certification
  • Attendance at an Enfuse conference (at least 10 sessions) or another computer forensic conference (must include labs)

EnCE V8 Facts & Figures

Certification NameEnCase Certified Examiner (EnCe)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesRequired:
  • 64 hours of authorized computer forensic training (online or classroom; Computer Forensics I and II, $2,195 each) or 12 months of work experience in computer forensics
  • Completion of the EnCE application
In addition to required training or experience, Guidance Software recommends the DF310-EnCe Prep course, $2,195.
Number of ExamsOne two-phase exam:
  • Phase I written exam (180 questions, minimum passing score is 80 percent), delivered via ExamBuilder
  • Phase II practical exam (18 questions, minimum passing score is 85 percent)
Passing the Phase I exam earns an electronic license to complete the Phase II exam.
Cost per Exam $200 total, or international $300
Self-Study MaterialsStudy guide and exam guides available at Amazon, as well as some practice exams.

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