For over 40 years, NW3C’s comprehensive training programs have helped law enforcement professionals master the principles, concepts, and skills they need to fight cyber and economic crime. Our newest initiative offers law enforcement and the private sector the opportunity to earn professional certifications. NW3C certifications, backed by our industry-leading expertise and reputation, attest to demonstrated competence in digital forensics and/or the investigation of illegal financial activity. They open up doors for greater opportunities to serve and add credibility to your name in your professional environment.

Certified Economic Crime
Forensic Examiner

Available for professionals in both law enforcement and the private sector, this certification attests to the holder’s ability to investigate and analyze information related to financial conduct of all types. Holders of this certification have demonstrated that they possess the working knowledge and skills needed to detect, respond to, and investigate illegal financial activity.

CECFE Body of Knowledge

1. Theory and history
2. Common economic crimes and fraud schemes
3. Currencies, financial instruments, and payments
4. Financial analysis
5. Fraud prevention
6. Legislative and regulatory framework

Certified Cyber Crime

Available for professionals in both law enforcement and the private sector, this certification attests to the holder’s knowledge of proper digital forensic techniques and best practices for working with digital evidence. Holders of this certification have demonstrated their knowledge of the identification and proper handling of digital evidence; types of digital hardware technologies; common file systems; best practices in forensic imaging; documenting and reporting; and legal considerations.

CCCE Body of Knowledge

1. Technologies
2. Digital evidence handling
3. Forensic imaging
4. File system forensics
5. Forensic concepts

The Test

Each examiner test will consist of 100 randomized questions of multiple choice, true/false, multiple answer, and practicals. There will be 75 minutes allotted to complete the CECFE and 60 minutes allotted to complete the CCCE. Should the exam not be completed in the allotted time, the test will be graded on the questions answered. The questions unanswered will be counted against the final score.

Testing for the CCCE and CECFE will begin in February 2019.

Examiner Certification Fee

$300 Certification exam [must be completed within 30 days of payment]
$100 Retest [2nd attempt 30 days after initial exam]
$150 Retest [3rd attempt 90 days after 2ndexam]
$150 Certification dues [biennial]


In order to reflect continued proficiency and competency in the ever-evolving domains of cyber and economic crime, NW3C requires that both CECFE and CCCE certifications be renewed every two (2) years. The cost of renewal is $150 and will be due upon the conclusion of the two-year period.

Option 1.

Earn a passing score on the current certification exam.

Option 2.

Earn 30 hours of relevant continuing education [NOTE: subject to audit].

Recognized continuing education providers include,
but are not limited to:

• Access Data
• Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
• Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS)
• Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
• Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
• Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
• Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
• Fox Valley Technical College
• Guidance Software
• High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)
• International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS)
• International Association of Cyber and Economic Crime Professionals (IACECP)
• National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC)
• National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI)
• National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)
• National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
• National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
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