Background on CEDS certification and how it was built

ACEDS follows the rigorous standards that psychometricians and professional certification and test-construction experts adhere to. The CEDS certification was painstakingly developed in an eight-month period with the assistance of 40 volunteer experts from diverse occupations and professions, a leading psychometric-testing firm, and the results of 430 responses to a 272-item worldwide survey that ACEDS commissioned in early 2010. The CEDS certification exam tests knowledge and skill in performing the important and not-infrequent job tasks that the diverse e-discovery practitioners perform on a day-to-day basis.

The CEDS certification should not be confused with what certification and testing professionals call “assessment-based certificate programs,” which are, in essence, education or training programs that provide specific course instruction and award a certificate to those who take and pass a specific course of instruction.

The CEDS certification program is a competency assessment based on knowledge and practices and is totally independent of training courses, course providers, software or platforms. The CEDS certification is granted only to those who meet the assessment testing standards that evolved from the lengthy ACEDS test-construction process.

The CEDS examination is offered at some 600 authorized secure testing centers worldwide. Persons who have registered for the exam must follow specialized security protocols at the proctored testing center, including identification-verification methods, video surveillance, proctored environments, high-walled cubicles and other measures. ACEDS follows the same standards that apply in the examinations administered to Certified Public Accountants and FINRA-recognized securities dealers.


Experience of ACEDS management in professional certifications

The ACEDS professional staff has years of experience in professional certification, training and membership associations. They constructed the world-acclaimed Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credential in 2001, a certification that is extended by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), which they founded. ACAMS has 8,000 certified and 11,000 total members in 145 countries. The CAMS certification is the world standard bearer in the anti-money laundering field and is held by corporate, government, regulatory, financial institution and other officials around the globe.

The CEDS certification is built along the same lines as that issued by ACAMS and follows the same principles of psychometric soundness, integrity and professionalism. The CEDS certification is fashioned to:

  • Recognize a baseline of skill and knowledge that no other e-discovery skill measurement provides,
  • Help employers meet e-discovery hiring challenges by identifying competent individuals,
  • Provide necessary knowledge and leverage to corporations, law firms and government agencies in negotiating of the acquisition of consulting services and technology with providers, and
  • Extend a credential to individuals that signifies knowledge and skill in managing electronically stored information in countries throughout the world.

For further information about CEDS certification, please call James Mosier at 786-517-2730 in the United States or e-mail