Recently we reported about the need for professionals to become certified in eDiscovery. Guidance Software has initiated a program that aims to do just that. Their EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner program certifies private and public sector professionals in the use of Guidance Software's EnCase eDiscovery software. In addition, it also measures and encourages a proficiency in eDiscovery planning, project management and best practices.
The Certification Process
EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner or EnCEP is a six-step process that requires at least three months experience in eDiscovery matters and costs US $125 or $150 for international applicants.
Step 1: Training and Experience Requirements
In additional to experience, prospective applicants must have completed live EnCase eDiscovery training course, the EnCase On-Demand eDiscovery training course or the on-site EnCase eDiscovery implementation training.
Step 2: Complete the application
Applicants can download an application online.
Step 3: Receive Study Manual and Register for the Testing Program
Once registered, applicants will receive the latest edition of the 300+ page EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner manual.
Step 4: Take Phase I (Written Exam)
Applicants receive information from a Certification Coordinator, and can log onto EnCase OnDemand to take the Phase I computer based written exam, which consists of 100 questions (drawn from approximately 200) in 1.25 hours.
Applicants need a minimum score is 80% to pass. Those who do not pass must wait one month prior to retesting.
Step 5: Take Phase II (Scenario Exam)
Those who pass the Phase I test will be registered for Phase II scenario exam through EnCase OnDemand. The Phase II scenario exam tests the candidate on the use of EnCase eDiscovery in scenarios and case studies, utilizing the skills taught in the EnCase eDiscovery courses.
Applicants must complete the Phase II test within 21 calendar days of passing the Phase I test and receive a minimum score of 80% on the test to pass.
Step 6: EnCEP Certification Renewal Process
Applicants who pass Phase II will be notified via email and issued a EnCEP certificate and wallet card. Certifications are valid for 3 years and can be renewed through a separate renewal process.
Setting a New Standard
Certifying professionals so that they can expertly manage and complete eDiscovery processes in accordance with federal regulations not only helps the industries employing search, collection, preservation and processing of electronically stored information (ESI), but it ensures accountability, something that will surely benefit all parties involved.
Guidance Software has been certifying professionals for its EnCase Certified Examiner designation, its computer forensic software. The new EnCEP program will similarly enable eDiscovery practitioners to demonstrate their skills, training and experience in the proper handling of ESI for legal purposes. And that’s setting a new standard for eDiscovery.