CEDS-logo-large-webABOUT 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. By becoming CEDS Certified, professionals show employers they are equipped to tackle a wide range of e-discovery challenges.

The CEDS Certification is awarded to persons who meet certain qualification standards and pass a rigorous certification examination administered at one of 600 proctored testing centers. The exam is constructed with the help of 50 experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. Read how the exam was constructed. This produces a neutral, legally defensible professional certification examination and program. The certification covers topics including project planning, litigation hold implementation, document review, data processing, budgeting and more. Click here to see the full list of exam subjects.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED
The CEDS Certification Package includes the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual, the CEDS Exam Prep Seminar (live and on-demand), 1-year ACEDS Membership and the exam itself.

 

CEDS Certification Package $1,505
CEDS Certification Package (Government) $1,255

 

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Requirements

After purchasing the CEDS-certification exam you are immediately eligible to sit for the exam. Candidates have one year from the date of purchase to take and pass the CEDS exam.However, in addition to passing the CEDS exam you must submit the following documentation in order to earn the CEDS credential. Any person who has passed the CEDS exam without completing the supporting documentation will be a CEDS in waiting. CEDS in waiting have a period of up to 90 days of successfully completing the examination to turn in the supporting documentation earning them the CEDS credential.

The following is required to earn the credential CEDS.

1. Document at least 40 CEDS credits in e-discovery and closely related fields based on education, training, and professional certifications in the field.

2. Provide two professional references. You need the contact information for each reference and their relationship to you. The following table explains the three categories in which you are able to obtain CEDS credits. Please note that you must document your credits before earning the CEDS credential.


1. Professional Experience (Maximum 20 credits allowed)

Calculate the percentage of time you spent on e-discovery and related activities in the three (3) consecutive years prior to submission of the CEDS application. Multiply this percentage by 20 credits. (% Time Spent on E-Discovery x 20). This is documented by listing your employer and previous employers as need be along with your job tasks.

2. Education (Maximum 15 credits allowed)

Choose one degree because they are not cumulative. They may be documented by either taking a photo of your degree or submitting your transcripts.

A High school or GED equivalent 5 Credits
B Associate degree or equivalent 7 Credits
C Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 10 Credits
D Post-graduate or Juris Doctor degree 15 Credits

3. Training (Maximum 25 credits allowed)

Web Seminars, Live training, Panels, Internal training, ACEDS training and more can be used to count towards CEDS credits. You must document your training credit(s) by either presenting a certificate of attendance along with the date and length of the course, in hours or by naming the course, instructor, place of event, date and time. Internal training should be documented in the same fashion with the signature of the supervisor who conducted the training.

A. One (1) CEDS credit is equivalent to 60 minutes of continuous training at one event.

B. Covers e-discovery and related training within the past three (3) consecutive years prior to submission of the CEDS application.

C. Five (5) credits are allowed for each professional certification that is related or relevant to e-discovery, subject to a maximum of two (2) certifications allowed. (Examples of recognized certifications are: Membership by an attorney in a state bar association, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Records Manager (CRM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Legal Assistant (CLA), Certified Paralegal (CP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)).

CEDS Recertification

The CEDS Recertification Candidate Handbook provides guidance and requirements that seek to assure that Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) maintain and enhance their e-discovery knowledge and skills for as long as they hold the CEDS designation. Professionals who hold the CEDS credential are required to earn qualifying continuing education credits through experience, training and education.

  • To recertify, applicants must submit the:
  • Completed Recertification Application
  • Signed Continuing Education Verification Affidavit
  • Form detailing forty (40) continuing education credits
  • Applicable recertification fee

Download the recertification application here.

Continuing Education Credit Requirements

Forty (40) continuing education credits are required to be completed within two-year period. Candidates will not be granted continuing education credits for activities completed prior to obtaining their CEDS credential or completed more than two (2) years prior to the recertification period. All applicable continuing education credits must be earned prior to the recertification deadline.

CEDS Recertification Deadlines

Recertification candidates are required to submit a completed CEDS Recertification Application, and a recertification fee, postmarked no later than the recertification deadline — which is two (2) years from the date indicated on your CEDS certificate, or two (2) years from your most recent CEDS recertification deadline.

For example, if the date you obtained your certification (as indicated by the date on the credential) is March 30, 2015, you will have until March 30, 2017 to submit your completed Recertification Application and the recertification fee . In this instance, you must recertify again through the same process by March 30, 2019, regardless of the date on which you previously recertified.

If the recertification deadline is not met, the CEDS credential will lapse and persons seeking to obtain the credential again will have to do so by taking and passing the exam. An exam retake fee of $100 will be assessed, in addition to the appropriate application fee.

CEDS Continuing Education Credits Supporting Documentation

ACEDS generally relies on the applicant to self-verify that he or she has completed the requisite number of continuing education credits, and supply some basic information on those credits through the Self-Verification form. Applicants do not need to include supporting documentation with the recertification application, but are advised to retain originals or copies of their supporting documents should ACEDS request them for auditing purposes.

Recertification Application Fees and Timeline (for the year your recertification is due)

  1. ACEDS will not accept recertification applications postmarked after the recertification deadline as described above. Please contact the Certification Department with questions at 305-377-2050.
  2. Checks, credit cards and wire transfers are acceptable forms of payment.

The Recertification Application must be submitted to ACEDS within six (6) months of the recertification deadline. The following application fees apply: ACEDS Members $200, Non-Members $300, Government (Members and Non-Members) $150. You may also purchase the Recertification & Membership bundle which includes one year of ACEDS Membership for $350.

Interim Review of Continuing Education Credits

ACEDS will review during the recertification period, at no cost to the CEDS member, continuing education documentation of CEDS members to determine if the submitted credits qualify and the number of approved credits assigned to the activity. All supporting documents submitted for this review must be accompanied by a CEDS Continuing Education Review form.

Denial of Recertification and Removal of the CEDS Credential

Failure to submit the CEDS recertification application by the application deadline will result in denial of recertification and removal of the CEDS credential. Candidates may contact the Certification Department with questions at 305-377-2050.

Processing

To submit an application, you should review the application and policy, and then complete the required information and sign the application and verification forms. Please allow four (4) weeks from the time ACEDS receives your application for review and notification.

Late Application Policy

After the recertification deadline has passed, the applicant must take the CEDS examination to obtain the CEDS designation. The only exceptions for documented extenuating circumstances are described below in the section, “Extensions.”

Extensions

Occasionally, extenuating circumstances, such as prolonged unemployment or serious illness of the applicant or a close family member, may prevent CEDS-certified professionals from meeting the required 40 credits of continuing experience, education and training over a two-year period. One-year extensions of the recertification deadline can be requested under such circumstances. The extension may be granted only once during a CEDS-certified professional’s recertification period and must be approved by the recertification deadline. The fee to request an extension is $100. Applicants may also choose to recertify by examination on or before their recertification deadline at a reduced fee, as stated in the CEDS Candidate Handbook. These are examples of persons who may be eligible for an extension:

  1. Applicants who have been out of work for at least one year of the two-year recertification period because of a layoff or child birth or child care responsibilities.
  2. Applicants who have spent a significant amount of time caring for a seriously ill family member or who have suffered serious illness themselves.
  3. Applicants who are deployed to active duty in the armed forces for at least a six-month assignment.

If approved, the recertification expiration date will be extended for one year, thus allowing time to accumulate the necessary continuing education credits. At the end of one year, applicants will be required to submit a completed recertification application form demonstrating that they meet the continuing education requirements. The full recertification application fee is also due at that time. Upon successful recertification, the new two-year recertification period will begin at the end of the extension period.

To request the extension, the following materials must be submitted by the recertification deadline:

  1. A written request for extension explaining the extenuating circumstances.
  2. Documentation of the extenuating circumstances, which may include a letter from a physician, notice of termination or receipt of unemployment benefits.
  3. The extension request fee of $100.
  4. A completed recertification application demonstrating the efforts to meet recertification requirements.

Ineligibility for extensions

Applicants who have not accrued the required 40 recertification credits by the expiration date or who cannot demonstrate extenuating circumstances or have not submitted a recertification application before their expiration date are not eligible for an extension.

CEDS Certification Dormant State

CEDS certified professionals who are not able to recertify by the recertification deadline may request that their CEDS certification be placed in a “Dormant State.”
A CEDS certification in a Dormant State is inactive until the member can provide ACEDS with the required Recertification Application and supporting documentation of the 40 continuing education credits earned within the two-year period immediately prior to the year of the application to reinstate the CEDS certification.

The fee to request a Dormant State of the CEDS designation is $50.

Lapsed CEDS Certifications

CEDS-certified professionals who do not submit an application by the recertification deadline will be considered lapsed and no longer certified. ACEDS will notify CEDS certified members if their certification expires and will also provide certification status to employers who request it. Expired CEDS certified professionals must cease using the CEDS designation immediately upon notification. To become certified and to display the CEDS designation, the expired CEDS-certified professional must retake the CEDS examination.

Recertification by Examination

Persons whose certification has lapsed may only recertify by taking and passing the CEDS examination. The cost to retake the certification examination is $100, which must be paid in addition to the appropriate recertification fee. Recertification fees are $200 for members, $300 for non-members, and $150 for all government employees. Applicants who submit applications with the inappropriate payment amount will be invoiced the difference and remain unprocessed until the full amount is paid. Fees, which are nonrefundable, may only be paid by credit card, or check payable to ACEDS. The applicants name and company must appear on all payments made by check.

The CEDS Examination Application is found in the CEDS Candidate Handbook, which may be downloaded at ACEDS.org. An applicant must register for the CEDS examination in the year following the recertification deadline. Applicants who do not pass the CEDS examination within one year of registering must reapply to sit for the exam, and pay the regular fees at the time of submission of the CEDS Examination Application.

Reminders and Application Submission

CEDS professionals should know their recertification cycle and submit a completed application before the recertification deadline. As a professional courtesy, ACEDS will send at least two e-mails or mailings reminding all CEDS professionals before the end of their recertification cycles, one approximately six months before the expiration date and one approximately three months before the deadline. ACEDS will send the reminders to the e-mail address and home or office address on file, so it is important that ACEDS be notified of changes in contact information. Recertification cycles and submission requirements will not be changed because a CEDS professional did not receive reminders that were sent to the addresses on file.

Download the recertification application here.

“The CEDS exam is, without doubt, a great tool to gauge e-discovery knowledge and experience. It is intense, well structured and thorough and beyond compare in the industry. One must have well-rounded, real-world practical experience and know concepts and application.” David Kearney, CEDS, Director of Technology Services, Cohen & Grigsby

“I wanted a certification that separates me from my peers. Upon discovering CEDS, I was convinced this was exactly the type of distinction I had been seeking. Since achieving CEDS certification, I’ve noticed immediate recognition from my organization, colleagues, and current and prospective clients. They acknowledge they are more comfortable working with a person who has taken time to seek such certification. CEDS has certainly been worth the small investment and should continue to beget returns for years and years to come.” Andrew Bayer, CEDS, Director of Business Development, Teris

“Since adding the CEDS credential to my arsenal, I’ve noticed a measurable and positive shift in the dynamic of my communications with prospects and clients. My CEDS certification validates me professionally and lets clients know that BIA is committed to excellence across the board. I wish I’d done it sooner!” Mark MacDonald, CEDS, Territory Manager, BIA

“It’s an honor to have the CEDS credentials by my name. Passing the CEDS exam is a big accomplishment for me. ACEDS is of the highest caliber and I’m proud to be under its tent!” Wanda Trotter, CEDS, President, Women in E-Discovery, South Florida Chapter, Miami; Manager, Litigation Support, Astigarraga Davis

“The CEDS exam was thorough, balanced, tough and fair. I am more valuable with the CEDS certification. It helps our company just as much.” Lisa Prowse, CEDS, Director, Strategic Legal Services and Document Review, BIA, Portage

“I don’t know what took so long for a certification like CEDS to come along. There needed to be a strong standard of competence. The exam was rigorous and thorough. You don’t just pay the money and pass the test. This helps solve my hiring problems.” Alvin Lindsay, CEDS, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Miami

“The CEDS exam was comprehensive and followed the… framework in the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual. ACEDS… is on the right path of truly helping professionals establish a common frame of reference in e-discovery.” Rob Robinson, CEDS, Vice President, Marketing, Orange Legal Technologies, Austin

“I feel very proud of passing the CEDS exam. I prepared thoroughly and still found it extremely difficult. I’m glad about this, because it gives real merit to my efforts. I am very excited about being part of ACEDS and seeing the wonderful opportunities it will bring. Thank you so much for helping me achieve this important goal in my career.” Claudia B. Peña, CEDS, Certified Paralegal, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, Coral Gables

“I was extremely impressed with the exam’s line of questioning. If you can answer these questions you know e-discovery well.” James Bickley, CEDS Partner, CRG Legal, Washington, D.C.

“I decided to pursue CEDS certification to help legitimize myself as a specialist in E-Discovery. The material distributed by ACEDS to achieve the certification is thorough. The CEDS credential requires more than a basic knowledge of e-discovery.” Roger Farley, Discovery and Forensics Manager, A Fortune 50 Company, Connecticut

“The CEDS certification really helped me with my job search. It helped me gain confidence and have others gain confidence in me on e-discovery. Thanks a ton for a great certification.” Ravi Prakash, CEDS, Director, Information Security & Database Architecture, San Francisco

“CEDS certification has advanced my career. It solidifies and confirms my knowledge of e-discovery. The exam was very comprehensive and challenging.” Michelle Lange, CEDS, Litigation Support Project Manager, Ogletree Deakins, Pittsburgh

“I write for a living and appreciate well-written, comprehensive, and instructive documents. That describes the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual. A lot of good information, understandable, straightforward, well-organized.” David R. Cohen, David R. Cohen Co., Cleveland

The exam consists of 145 four-item multiple choice questions and is available year-round at nearly 700 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide, including 350 in the United States and Canada.

Specialized security protocols, including identification verification, video surveillance, and professional proctoring, resemble those employed by licensers for Certified Public Accountants and FINRA securities dealers.

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. For details on the exam’s construction, click here.

Candidates receive results immediately upon completion, passing at about a 69% rate. Those who do not pass may retake the exam after two months.

Areas of Focus

The CEDS certification exam probes 15 e-discovery fields as selected by a global taskforce of practicing e-discovery specialists and validated by an ACEDS-sponsored survey. These include:

  • Information Management and Litigation Readiness
  • Project Planning
  • Litigation Hold Implementation
  • Collection Planning and Implementation
  • Data Processing
  • Data Culling
  • Review Planning
  • Document Review
  • Data Production
  • Project Management
  • Legal Framework and Obligation
  • International Discovery
  • Ethics
  • Technology
  • Budgeting

Preparing for the certification exam
Upon registering for the exam, CEDS candidates receive a free electronic copy of the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual. Additionally, ACEDS.org offers online Exam Preparation Courses with sample questions from the CEDS Exam. For information on upcoming courses, please contact James W. Mosier, Jr. at jmosier@aceds.org.

Q. Is ACEDS or the CEDS certification affiliated with, or controlled by, any service provider, software manufacturer, consulting firm or law firm?

A. No, ACEDS is a fully independent organization that is owned and operated by BARBRI, the leader in legal education. It is led by professionals with experience managing certification and training programs, and member associations. ACEDS is strictly vendor-neutral and unaffiliated with any product, software, law firm, consulting firm or government agency.

Q. How long does it take to process the CEDS Certification Application?

A. Once the application is submitted, please allow two to three weeks for a response. You must complete and submit the CEDS application showing your experience, work history and training within 90 days of passing the CEDS exam.

Q. What is the focus of the CEDS exam?

A. The CEDS examination is not a test of knowledge of any product, training course or software. It is the first independente-discovery certification program. The exam adheres to strict psychometric competency principles to assure that it is a legally defensible, fair, unambiguous test of knowledge and skill. A leading psychometric testing firm,Kryterion, advises ACEDS to assure testing soundness and security. The CEDS certification exam focuses on 15 e-discovery fields as selected by a global taskforce of practicing e-discovery experts and validated by an ACEDS-sponsored survey. For a list of exam topics, refer to What the Exam is About.

Q. Does ACEDS follow objective standards in its certification examination and program?

A. ACEDS follows the standards of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). In September 2008, the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), now known as ICE, published a standard for “assessment-based certificate programs,” distinguishing them from professional certifications like the one ACEDS awards.

According to this ICE standard, a certificate program is an education or training program that provides specific course instruction and awards a certificate to those who take and pass the specific course of instruction.

In contrast, a professional certification program, like ACEDS offers, is a competency assessment based on industry knowledge and practices and is fully independent of training courses and course providers. This certification is granted only to those who meet the assessment standards. The CEDS exam meets these certification standards.

Q. What plans does ACEDS have for incorporating international issues and standards into CEDS certification?

A. The CEDS certification exam includes questions on international and cross-border issues that e-discovery practitioners face. The exam is not United States-centric, although the principles and rules that govern United States practices are treated extensively.

Q. What type of questions does the examination ask?

A. The exam consists of four-choice, multiple-choice, application-based “items” based on scenarios related to e-discovery processes.

Q. Where do CEDS candidates take the certification exam?

A. The computer-based, proctored examination is available year-round at any one of more than 600 ACEDS-Kryterion testing center locations worldwide. They are listed at www.kryteriononline.com/host_locations/. The exam is computer-based so the results are provided to the candidate immediately upon the completion of the exam.

CEDS candidates receive a CEDS Exam Preparation Manual in PDF format, at no extra charge, when they register for the exam and pay the examination fee.

Q. What security procedures does ACEDS follow to assure the integrity of the examination?

A. The CEDS exam is offered at secure testing centers. Properly registered, eligible candidates must follow specialized security protocols of Kryterion, the testing company that advises ACEDS. The protocols include identification-verification methods, video surveillance, proctored environments, high-walled cubicles and other measures. ACEDS follows the same standards that apply in licensing examinations for Certified Public Accountants and FINRA securities dealers.

Q. How long and how much do I need to study?

A. It depends on the individual candidate. As with any examination, generally, the more you study, the better you do. Studying the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual will assist all candidates, but it does not guarantee a passing grade and does not teach to the specific scenarios addressed on the exam. Candidates should study other pertinent materials to more fully prepare, and will usually need to rely on experience gained in the field. On average, CEDS candidates tell us they generally study 20 to 30 hours.

Q. Does ACEDS offer live or online Exam Preparation Seminars?

A. Yes. The online seminar is offered on demand at ACEDS.org for an additional charge, or as part of the CEDS Certification Package. Seminars take place once per month on average, and consist of three 90-minute, live webcasts presented over three days. Seminars address the themes and subjects that candidates will see on the exam, but do not teach to the specific scenarios on which test questions are built.

Q. How often do I need to renew my CEDS certification?

A. The CEDS certification expires after two years. Certified persons must pay a recertification application fee and record appropriate continuing education credits to maintain certification. If certification lapses, a member must retake the exam to regain certified status. The CEDS Exam Candidate Handbook, which may be downloaded at no charge, has complete information about certification eligibility, recertification and other requirements. Recertification criteria can also be viewed here.

Q. Is there a requirement that I take classes and pay a fee for recertification of the CEDS credential once I obtain it?

A. Two years after a candidate earns the certification, CEDS-certified professionals must show evidence that they have earned 40 continuing education credits in the interim. ACEDS members pay $200 as the recertification fee; nonmembers pay $300; government employees pay $150. The CEDS Exam Candidate Handbook provides full details about the recertification process, including the application, a worksheet for computing continuing education credits and a checklist of the required supporting documentation.

Q. What is the passing score on the exam?

A. The passing score for the CEDS exam is about 70%.

Q. What is the percentage of people who pass the exam?

A. Presently, about 69% of the persons who sit for the exam pass.

Q. Is there a passing grade for the overall exam or do you need to obtain a passing grade on each of the e-discovery areas that are tested?

A. The grade is for the overall exam. The grading is not based on the number of correct answers in any section of the exam, but is based on a combined raw score.

Q. Is only one attempt at passing the examination allowed?

A. CEDS candidates who do not pass the exam are required to wait 60 days before they can retake it, unless a prior arrangement has been made. A reduced fee applies for retaking the exam, details of which are answered below.

Q. What is the fee to take the CEDS exam?

A. The fee for the certification package, which includes the CEDS exam, study manual, online exam preparation and annual membership to ACEDS is $1,505 ($1255 for government employees and $995 for full-time students). You may pay by check payable to ACEDS, credit card, or money order.

The fee includes the CEDS Exam Preparation Manual in electronic format and admission to one of 750 ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide.

Q. Can the CEDS exam be purchased by itself?

A. In general, no. Persons seeking this option should contact ACEDS Member Services at customerservice@aceds.org.

Q. How do I appeal my CEDS exam result?

A. Appeals should be made in writing to ACEDS Member Services at customerservice@aceds.org with the subject line “CEDS Exam Score Appeal.” The email should thoroughly document the reason(s) for the appeal, the candidate’s score and the location of the testing facility. Appeals will be reviewed by a committee of ACEDS and Kryterion personnel and may take up to three weeks to evaluate. Failing scores will not be overturned on the grounds they are within small percentage points of passing, nor will a result be overturned due to a claim that exam content was not addressed in study materials provided by ACEDS.

Q. Does ACEDS offer preferred pricing to organizations with multiple CEDS candidates?

A. Yes. ACEDS offers substantial savings to organizations that wish to have groups of three or more earn the CEDS certification. The larger the group, the greater the discount. Similar group discounts are available to organizations seeking to attend ACEDS online or live training programs, including the ACEDS annual conference, and to become ACEDS members.

Q. Are there discounts for government employees?

A. Yes. ACEDS offers substantial examination and membership discounts to employees of all federal, state and local government agencies in all countries.

Q. What is the fee to retake the examination?

A. The cost to retake the examination is $100.

Q. What is the proposed value of CEDS certification? Why would someone get certified?

A. A CEDS-certified professional, by passing the rigorous, independent examination, earns a credential that validates knowledge and skill in e-discovery through a scientifically verifiable standard. Persons who obtain the CEDS credential join a growing community of certified professionals at some of the largest and most prestigious law firms and organizations. A 2014 study by the Cowen Group, for instance, showed that CEDS is the most widely held industry certification among litigation support managers and directors. ACEDS believes that professionals who earn the CEDS credential gain significant short- and long-term career benefits, and help their respective organizations better address the costs and risks e-discovery entails. These benefits include:

Individually:

  • Elevated standing in e-discovery field by inclusion into exclusive community.
  • Ability to demonstrate competence to employers and prospective employers.
  • Ability to demonstrate competence to clients and prospective clients.
  • Ability to demonstrate competence and due diligence to courts.
  • Ability to better establish yourself as expert witness.
  • Ability to better justify increases in billing rate.
  • Ability to strengthen your case for a salary increase.
  • Ability to increase your career earnings.
  • Ability to validate skills to clients, co-workers and superiors.
  • Ability to better pursue alternative legal career.
  • Ability to help make US and global justice systems more accessible, efficient, and economical.

Organizationally:

  • Ability to bridge language and knowledge barriers between legal and IT.
  • Ability to demonstrate to courts a commitment to e-discovery competence and due diligence.
  • Increased knowledge redundancy by training personnel across multiple departments and areas of expertise.
  • Increased exposure as e-discovery leader in thought and practice.
  • Ability to better reduce the risks associated with e-discovery by assuring employee competence and skill.
  • Ability to better control e-discovery costs by raising organizational knowledge, competence and skill.
  • Ability to better select service provider partners.
  • Ability to associate with a growing list of prestigious organizations that have certified their staffs.

Q. What can I do to further my CEDS certification?

A. The CEDS certification is a valuable career credential. You can do a number of things to further it, including adding it to your email signature and business cards; including it in online posts and profiles on social media sites, internal and external announcements and press releases from your organization acknowledging your credential; and referring to your CEDS credential on your resume and professional biography.

Q. Are only people in the United States CEDS-certified?

A. No. Persons from all parts of the United States and other countries, including Canada, England, Colombia, Switzerland, Ireland, India, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and elsewhere have qualified to take the exam and have passed it since the test was released in November 2010.

Q. What has been the acceptance of the CEDS certification by the industry?

A. ACEDS has been well received by professionals from all occupations in e-discovery, including lawyers and litigation support professionals from a large portion of the AmLaw 200 and smaller law firms, Fortune 500 and smaller organizations, financial institutions, government agencies, including the US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, and staffing firms, among others. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Cowen Group, the CEDS credential is the most widely held industry certification among litigation support managers and directors.

Q. Does ACEDS offer CEDS scholarships based on financial hardship?

A. Yes, in certain instances and based on circumstance. Persons wishing to apply for a scholarship should send an email to ACEDS Member Services at customerservice@aceds.org with the subject line “Scholarship.” The email should detail why the candidate is deserving of a scholarship and provide proof of unemployment or other financial hardship. Unemployed persons will be given preference. Persons with income above $50,000 annually will not be considered.