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CEDS Certification

The Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) Certification responds to the need for professionals with diverse skills and knowledge across the e-discovery spectrum. It facilitates sound hiring practices, advances careers and gives a competitive advantage to individuals who earn it and their employers.

The exam is constructed with the help of 40 experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. This produces a neutral, legally defensible professional certification examination and program.

The CEDS Canada certification and exam will be launching soon! Stay tuned for more details on the first international ACEDS training program.
Increase Your Earning Potential
Enhance Your E-Discovery Career
Validate Your E-Discovery Skill
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About the CEDS Exam

The exam consists of 145 four-item multiple-choice questions and is available year-round at over 1100 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide.

The test is a rigorous examination built objectively by e-discovery experts, audited by a global job-task survey, and appraised by a community of e-discovery scholars.

The exam is constructed with the help of 40 experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. This produces a neutral, legally defensible professional certification examination and program.

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CEDS Exam Prep

With You Every Step of the Way

ACEDS provides you with every resource you'll need to pass the CEDS exam, including help from experts and on-demand training.

CEDS Certification Prep Course
The ultimate tool to guide you through all the steps of the e-discovery process and prepare you for the CEDS Certification exam

CEDS Certification Exam Manual & Practice Questions
The CEDS Certification Exam Manual contains everything you need to study for and pass the CEDS exam, including practice questions.

CEDS Certification Q&A Sessions
Attend an upcoming CEDS Certification Q&A Session to ask your questions to CEDS-Certified experts via a live webinar.

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Earn Your CEDS Digital Badge

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging.

That is why we have partnered with Credly's Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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What Our Customers Say

"ACEDS' certification is a tremendous asset to us. In my opinion, this certification indicates a level of legal competence that is truly needed in the eDiscovery world. Legal professionals want to know that the person(s) on the other end of that often time last-minute call understands the legal landscape and the realities of the world in which a legal professional works."

Phillip Hearn
eDiscovery Manager, Lexbe

"There are many values to the CEDS certification. To me, it proves competence in a very specialized and very important field. I've hired several people because they have the CEDS certification and it initially told me that they were smart and really knew what they were doing and in every instance that actually proved to be true."

Alvin Lindsey, CEDS
Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

Propel Your Career Forward as a Certified E-Discovery Specialist

The Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) certification is the trusted global indicator of e-discovery competence. Stand out from the crowd, drive your career to the next level, and validate your competence in the field with CEDS certification.

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CEDS Certification Brochure

Learn everything you need to know about CEDS Certification with the CEDS Certification Brochure. Get one step closer to advancing your career, download the CEDS brochure now.

The CEDS Brochure includes:

  • More information about the Certification
  • Who gets certified
  • The anatomy of a CEDS question
  • What's included in the CEDS Certification Package

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Certification Package Pricing

Interested in joining our Beta program for the Certified E-Discovery Specialist Canada credential? Enroll here.

Standard Package

$1,495

One Attempt at the CEDS Exam
Live & On-Demand Prep Course
Exam Prep Manual
Practice Questions
Q&A Opportunities with Subject Matter Experts
Two-Year CEDS Certification*
One-Year ACEDS Membership
One-Year of Exam Eligibility and Access to Study Materials
Digital Badge
Access to ACEDS Mentorship Program
eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program
Four-Hour Lecture Series

Complete Package

$1,995

Two Attempts at the CEDS Exam
Live & On-Demand Prep Course
Exam Prep Manual
Practice Questions
Q&A Opportunities with Subject Matter Experts
Two-Year CEDS Certification*
One-Year ACEDS Membership
One-Year of Exam Eligibility and Access to Study Materials
eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program
Digital Badge
Access to ACEDS Mentorship Program
Four-Hour Lecture Series

Government & Non-Profit Pricing

Full time employees of any local, state, or federal government agency, as well as those employed by a non-profit organization, are entitled to discounted CEDS packages. Each includes the same items as noted above at a reduced rate. 

Standard Package: $1,249: Sign Up Now →

Complete Package: $1,595: Sign Up Now →

*Upon passing the CEDS exam with an approved application.