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Association of certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) Certification

ACEDS (A BARBRI Professional Association) is a member organization for e-discovery professionals. The organization is vendor-neutral and has no commercial or financial ties. The membership for eDiscovery professionals includes, among other perks, a mentorship program and live webinars.

The ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist exam is one of the most popular certificates in E-Discovery. For good reasons, as nearly 40 experts have collaborated to construct one of the most challenging exams in eDiscovery! In may 2021, a Canadian version has launched in Beta.

Since 2018, ACEDS offers a new certificate designed for e-Discovery professionals at all levels: The eDiscovery Executive Certificate.

In 2021, ACEDS together with the National Society of Legal Technology introduced a new training and certificate called the “eDiscovery Technology Certificate” (eDTech). This new training program provides law students and legal professionals with an interactive exploration of e-Discovery technology solutions

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ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS)

The ACEDS 'CEDS' certificate is the first independent e-discovery certification program and covers a wide range of subjects, including: project planning, litigation hold, implementation, processing, and review.

Since 2010 the certificate has been one of the most popular exams to take and is definitely a worthwhile addition to your resume.

The exam is considered quite a challenge, with a passing grade of 66.4%, so make sure to prepare well by studying the materials and viewing the three 90-minute webinars planned every quarter.

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Certificate Overview

  • Pricing

    $1255 for government; $1,505 for the private package, $1,995 for the complete package

  • Exam Setup

    145 multiple choice questions

  • Exam Duration

    4 Hours

  • Online or Testing Center?

    Testing Center

  • Mandatory Prerequisites

    A. Document at least 40 CEDS credits in e-discovery and closely related fields based on experience, training, and professional certifications in the field. B. Provide two professional references

  • Recommended Prerequisites

    20 to 30 hours of study time and three 90 minutes seminars.

  • CLE Credits

    10 to 12 depending on state

  • Maintaining the certificate

    40 continuation credits in 2 Years + Renewal fee

  • Retake Policy

    You must pay for each exam attempts, including retakes. You will get two attempts with the complete package

CEDS Canada Certification (Beta)

Now in Beta with a 50% discount!

Beginning in May 2021, ACEDS is launching its flagship Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) exam and training program in Canada. Initially, ACEDS will offer a beta exam through August 1st, with substantially discounted rates for the training and certification exam.

The beta exam is the final critical step in the development of the CEDS Canada exam, which will launch later this year. Beta exam participants will take an extended-time exam with 160-170 questions. Once the beta exam closes in August, the results will undergo full statistical analysis. At the completion of the analysis, questions for the final exam are selected and a cut score will be established. Beta participants are graded using the same questions and passing score as the final version of the exam.

The beta exam is necessary to comply with industry standards for certification credentialing. This “testing of the test” will ensure that the CEDS Canada exam meets the same high standards ACEDS has had for the CEDS certification for over ten years.

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Certificate Overview

  • Pricing

    $749 - After 50% Beta discount

  • Exam Setup

    160-170 multiple choice questions.

  • Exam Duration

    4 Hours

  • Online or Testing Center?

    Testing Center

  • Mandatory Prerequisites

    A. Document at least 40 CEDS credits in e-discovery and closely related fields based on experience, training, and professional certifications in the field. B. Provide two professional references

  • Recommended Prerequisites

    20 to 30 hours of study time and three 90 minutes seminars.

  • CLE Credits

    10 to 12 depending on state

  • Maintaining the certificate

    40 continuation credits in 2 Years + Renewal fee

  • Retake Policy

    You will get two attempts!

ACEDS EDiscovery Executive Executive (EDEx)

The EDEx exam is a relatively new exam by ACEDS, created in 2018. The exam is obtainable for legal professionals on every level with the intention to educate beginners and professional who wish to broaden their knowledge
The exam includes a mandatory 12-plus hour ‘eDiscovery essentials’ course of interactive online training and several lectures on advanced subjects, offering you an economical way to get your first steps in eDiscovery!

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Certificate Overview

  • Pricing

    $795,00

  • Exam Setup

    Knowledge assessment.

  • Exam Duration

    4 Hours

  • Online or Testing Center?

    Testing Center

  • Mandatory Prerequisites

    E-Discoverty Essentials training: 12+ Hours of online training and a lecture Series

  • CLE Credits

    10 to 12 depending on state

ACEDS EDiscovery Technology Certificate (EDTech)

The EDTech training and certification program is a collaboration of ACEDS, NSLT, and about 9 eDiscovery software vendors.

The training aims to expose the eDiscovery student and professional to a variety of tools and applications, offering a unique hands-on experience.

One of the ideas behind this training is that professionals often don't utilize all the tools available for their craft.

With this practical training you will certainly become a well-rounded eDiscovery professional!

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Certificate Overview

  • Pricing

    $295,00

  • Exam Setup

    Complete all the modules to get certified!

  • Online or Testing Center?

    Testing Center

EDiscovery Advanced Certificate (EDAdv)

The new eDiscovery Advanced Certificate course builds on ACEDS' foundational programs and is designed for lawyers, paralegals, and litigation support, legal operations and other legal support personnel at law firms, in corporate legal departments, the government, software and service providers, and in academia.

The new 11-module, online and self-paced course provides five hours of in-depth exploration of the e-discovery lifecycle, from information governance, preservation and collection, to the latest techniques in technology-assisted review and international discovery and ethics

The EDAdv includes the following:

  • Structured Lectures
  • Online Self-paced Stud
  • Knowledge Checks
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Digital Badge
  • One-Year ACEDS Membership
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Certificate Overview

  • Pricing

    $695,00

  • Exam Setup

    Complete all the modules to get certified!

  • Online or Testing Center?

    Online