Challenge the CEDS Exam
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Are you an experienced professional with sound e-discovery knowledge? Now you can become CEDS Certified for less time and money, by challenging the CEDS Exam.

If you think you’re ready to take on the 4-hour CEDS Exam, ACEDS has a special offer for you! Take the CEDS Exam for only $795. Plus, enjoy a FREE 2-year membership with your approved application. (That’s a savings of over 50%) 

This price includes one attempt at the CEDS exam, and a free two-year ACEDS membership and certification upon passing the exam with an approved application.

Please note that a comprehensive understanding of e-discovery procedures and understanding is needed to pass the CEDS exam without preparation materials. This path is only recommended for seasoned e-discovery professionals. 

Learn more about the CEDS exam.



Challenge the CEDS Exam


  • 1 attempt at the CEDS exam

  • Upon passing with an approved application:
    2-Year ACEDS Membership
    2-Year CEDS Certification 

Full ceds package


  • 1 attempt at the CEDS exam
  • Upon passing with an approved application:
    ACEDS Membership Extension
    2-Year CEDS Certification 
  • Live and On-Demand Prep Course
  • Exam Prep Manual
  • Practice Exam
  • Q&A Opportunities with Subject Matter Experts
  • 1-Year ACEDS Membership at time of enrollment

Training Details

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

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 experience, 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)).

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