The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB)
To promote trust and confidence in the Digital Forensics profession.
The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) is a non-profit organization of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). The DFCB provides objective certifications in digital forensics which promotes trust and confidence in the Digital Forensics profession.
Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner DFCP and Digital Forensics Certified Associate
The DFCP designation is only available to Digital Evidence Professionals with a minimum of 5-years’ experience related to digital evidence or digital forensics.
The DFCA provides an entry level certification with potential progression to the Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner certification after the candidate accumulates five years of experience. The DFCB certifications cover all aspects of digital forensics: collection, legal components, validation of tools and reporting. Through its certification process, the DFCB strives to ensure candidates are fully versed in the many unique concepts that exist across the entire Digital Forensics profession.
Self-Assessment application must meet qualifying points , at DFCB.org to continue with the exam process.
Required, Attestation form and criminal background check. (active law enforcement is not required)
DFCP Exam: This timed (1 hour), non-proctored, online exam, consists of 50 multiple choice, true/ false questions. Passing score 70% or higher. If a passing score is not obtained, second attempt is available at no cost. Exam Fee $350. USD.
DFCP Annual Dues: Dues renewal is based on calendar year, January- December 31. Fee is $40. USD. Dues are considered delinquent after March 31, and a Reinstate fee of $20 will apply.
Re-Certification: Initial certification is valid for three years from the original date certified. Must be in good standing and provide Re-certification submission form.
DFCA: Digital Forensics Associate Certification, entry level certification with potential progression to the DFCP.
Qualifications: Required, Attestation and pass a Criminal Background Check. Fee $350. USD.
DFCA EXAM: Exam is a proctored online timed exam. Exam is two hours and consists of 100 multiple choice, true/ false questions. Passing score 70% or higher. If a passing score is not obtained, second attempt is available at no cost. Exam Fee $200. USD.
DFCA Annual Dues: Dues renewal is based on calendar year, January- December 31. Fee is $40. USD. Dues are considered delinquent after March 31, and a Reinstate fee of $20 will apply.
For more information to start your exam process visit www.dfcb.org
VALUE OF CERTIFICATION
Certifications showcase and validate knowledge, skills and commitment to the field. According to a variety of industry salary guides, an industry-recognized credential can increase a candidate’s salary by as much as 20%. Hiring managers look for professionals who can demonstrate their knowledge through, and confirmed by, the certification process. Obtaining professional certifications improve career prospects and increase earning power. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020. Increased demand will stem from technological advances that have led to an increase in cyber, financial and insurance crime. With the ever-changing technology and advances in the Digital Forensics field, organizations are continuing to place even more value on certifications. These rapidly changing technologies have fueled the need for professionals with advanced skills and up-to-date knowledge to further demonstrate their abilities through certification. You can prove yourself an expert, increase professional value, and illustrate your dedication to the field with certification.
WHY HIRE A DIGITAL FORENSICS CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER?
The DFCB is committed to providing a highly respected and independent certification process. Digital Forensics is a growing field and a top priority for many organizations as they manage and protect an increasing volume of information. Knowledgeable experts are needed to mitigate evolving risks for both companies and consumers. A professional certification shows that one has the required credibility and knowledge to offer the best possible services to those whom rely on experts. The DFCB conducts thorough background checks of all applicants; the careful process ensures both confidence and trust in its certified members. Companies hiring certified professionals benefit by having a third-party validated knowledge base, which leads to a better industry reputation, higher-quality work, and ultimately, better security.