EnCE® Certification Program


The EnCase® Certified Examiner (EnCE®) program certifies both public and private sector professionals in the use of Guidance Software's EnCase® computer forensic software. EnCE® certification acknowledges that professionals have mastered computer investigation methodology as well as the use of EnCase® software during complex computer examinations. Recognized by both the law enforcement and corporate communities as a symbol of in-depth computer forensics knowledge, EnCE certification illustrates that an investigator is a skilled computer examiner.

La certificación EnCE v7 ya está disponible en español.

EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) Requirements and Process

STEP 1. Training Experience and Requirements

You need to have attended 64 hours authorized computer forensic training (online or classroom) OR have 12 months computer forensic experience.

STEP 2. Complete the EnCE application

The application is available for download at:
EnCE Application »

Complete the application and mail it to the EnCase® Certification Coordinator:
Guidance Software, Inc.
Attn: EnCE Certification Coordinator
1055 East Colorado Blvd., Suite 400
Pasadena, CA 91106-2375

STEP 3. Register for Test and Study Guide

  • Once the application has been received and approved, you will be contacted by the EnCase Certification Coordinator for the certification test payment, which can be paid by credit card, check, or purchase order.
  • The fee to take Phase I with ExamBuilder is $200 USD or International $225 USD (£140.63 GBP + VAT).
  • If you are attending an EnCE® Prep Course, you will receive a confirmation e-mail if your application has been approved.

A PDF version of the Study Guide is available for download at:
The EnCE Study Guide v7 »

STEP 4. Take Phase I (Written Exam)
  • Phase I -Taken with ExamBuilder or during the Guidance Software EnCE Prep Course. You have two (2) hours to complete this test.
  • Minimum passing score is 80%.
  • Those who fail must wait two (2) months prior to retesting. You must pay the testing fee again if you fail Phase I. If your organization or personal information changes prior to retesting, you will need to submit a new application.

STEP 5. Take Phase II (Practical Exam)
  • Those who pass the Phase I will be issued an electronic license to complete the Phase II test.
  • Sixty (60) days are allotted to complete the Phase II exam. There is a 30-day extension that can be granted via the EnCE Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum passing score is 85%.
  • Those who fail must wait two (2) months from the date the test was due before being allowed to retest. A participant must contact the certification coordinator on their eligibility date for retesting. Failure to contact the Certification Coordinator on your eligibility date will require a participant to start from Phase I of the testing process. If after submitting Phase II you again fail, you must begin the retesting process from Phase I. If a participant’s organization or personal information changes prior to retesting, a new application will need to be submitted.
  • Those participants who do not finish or submit the Phase II exam in the time allotted will be required to wait two (2) months from the date that the test was due and restart the testing process from the beginning.

STEP 6. EnCE Certification and Renewal Process

  • Those who pass the Phase II test will be notified via e-mail then issued an EnCE Certificate and wallet card.
  • EnCE Certifications are valid for three (3) years from date obtained.  Detailed information about the renewal process and submitting renewal credit is available on the EnCE Certification renewal page.
  • Please be aware that EnCE examiners are responsible for knowing their certification expiration date. Should your certification expire, you will be required to restart the EnCE® process from Phase I. Extensions will not be granted. If you are unsure of your expiration date please email: certification@guidancesoftware.com.
  • Contacting any EnCE examiners or trainers while you are undergoing the EnCE testing process (Phase I and II) will be considered cheating and result in immediate failure and exclusion from future testing.

EnCE Certification Renewal Requirements:
EnCE Renewal »

If you have any questions regarding EnCE please contact certification@guidancesoftware.com.

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