About Cellebrite Certifications

Certification Policy Updates


January 1, 2021: Notice to BlackBag Certificants

CBE Notice:

Individuals who hold an active Certified BlackLight Examiner (CBE) certification are now governed by the Cellebrite Certification Policy available at this link

  • Current certifications will remain valid until the expiration date on currently issued credentials. 
  • Upon renewal, CBE certifications will be issued in line with all other certifications issued by Cellebrite. 
  • Therefore, renewed CBE certifications shall be issued for two years when you renew.  
  • The CBE recertification schema will be published on this page by 1 February 2021. 
CMO and MiCFE Notice:

Individuals who hold the Certified Mobilyze Operator (CMO) and MacOS & iOS Certified Forensic Examiner (MiCFE) certifications are notified that these certifications have been discontinued.  Certifications will remain valid until the current expiration date but will not be renewable.

Recertification:

Click here. You must be logged in to see your options.

How and when do I renew my certification?

The purpose of recertification (renewing certifications) is to provide proof of ongoing competency in a field of study.

CCO, CCPA, and CBE
CCO, CCPA, and CBE Certifications expired up to 24 months are considered to be in remediation and can be renewed by the customer by logging in to the CLC as detailed below.

CCO, CCPA, and CBE Certifications that expired over 24 months are considered invalid. Customers may appeal to the Certification Director by completing supplying details and reasons for their appeal in the description field on the Training Support Form.

CCME
CCME Certifications expired up to 12 months are considered to be in remediation and can be renewed by the customer logging in to the CLC as detailed below.

CCME Certifications that expired over 12 months are considered invalid.

CCO shield

If the customer has only earned CCO, they can renew in one of two ways:

CCPA shield

If the customer has earned CCPA, they can renew in one of three ways:

CCME shield

If the customer has earned CCME, they can renew only one way:

CCO must be valid (or expired no more than 24 months)

  • Complete the on-demand CCO Only Recertification Class (details below).
  • Attend and achieve CCPA.
CCPA must be valid (or expired no more than 24 months)

  • Complete the on-demand CCPA Only Recertification Class (details below).
  • If they also achieved CCO, they will complete the CCO+CCPA version of the on-demand Recertification Class (details below).
  • Achieve the CCME.
CCME must be valid (or expired no more than 12 months. If expired, completion of CCO and CCPA Recertification Class is required as well)

  • Upload Continuing Professional Development: Cellebrite requires documentation verifying attendance at a minimum of 21 hours of continuing professional development related to mobile device or digital forensics from industry recognized organizations - this does not have to be our training courses.

    Upload Work Experience: At the time of recertification application submission, certificants must have examined or supervised the examination of a minimum of three (3) mobile devices during the previous certification period.

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Take a few minutes to view this video overview of our certification process. 

 
  

You can view the current certification policy document here.


Select a topic below to find out more about Cellebrite Certifications. 


The Value of a Cellebrite Certification

What does it mean to be certified?

A certification credential is awarded in a field of study to certify that recipient's proficiency as measured by written and practical assessments.

Cellebrite requires an initial score of 80% or better on all examinations and practical skills assessments to earn certifications. 

Why is certification important?

Industry-standard certifications have become instrumental to the digital forensic community. Examiners and legal professionals face enough challenges in court.

When introducing evidence in legal proceedings, examiners holding valid Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME), and Certified BlackLight Examiner (CBE) 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

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.

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Expiration of Certifications

How do I know if my certification has expired?

Cellebrite requires core certifications to be renewed every two years. This includes:

  • Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO)
  • Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA)
  • Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME)
  • Certified BlackLight Examiner (CBE)

Advanced and expert classes offering certifications do not expire!

For example, a certificate earned on July 1, 2020, must be renewed by 1 July 2022.

Certificants failing to recertify by their expiration date will be classified as expired. To renew an expired CCO and CCPA certification, the holder of that certification must apply for and successfully complete the Recertification Refresher Course within twelve (12) months of the certification expiration (redemption period).

To renew an expired CCME certification, the holder of that certification must possess the CMFF along with current CCO and CCPA certifications and complete the CCME Recertification Process.  The CCME and recertification process is governed by the Cellebrite Certification Policy which can be viewed in its entirety at this link.

Certificants who fail to renew expired certifications within the redemption period must repeat the program in its entirety, including payment of any training, administrative and examination fees.

To see your certificate expiration dates, you must log in to your account first, then check under My Certificates.

Find the correct recertification options

Using the Training Catalog search page

To see your recertification path, you must log in to your account first, then visit this link to review your recertification options.

If you do not see expected options, first check your My Record of Learning page and verify the completion date for the certification course you completed originally.

In the event that you find this date indicates you should be eligible for recertification options (and none are available), open a support case by opening the Contact Us menu and selecting the Training Operations Support Inquiry option.

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Still have questions? Submit a Training Operations Support Inquiry from the Contact Us menu.
Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:42 AM