E-Discovery Certification Exam

TheAssociation of Certified E-Discovery Specialiststodayreleased the first independent certification examination ever offered in the e-discovery field.

More than 50 e-discovery, psychometric, and certification experts devoted over 1,000 hours to create the landmark psychometrically-sound examination. The eight-month process included a 272-item international survey, which received more than 400 responses.

The CEDS examination tests a candidate's knowledge in areas from cost controls, litigation and preservation holds, budgeting and ethics to project management, technology, data culling, document reviews and cross-border discovery. The CEDS examination is not a test of knowledge of any product, training course or software.

The legally defensible examination is offered at 519 highly-secure and proctored ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide, including 314 in the US and 28 in Canada.

On November 4, ACEDS will release an extensive CEDS Examination Preparation Manual, which will be provided to certification candidates.

Candidates can download the CEDS Examination Candidate Handbook with eligibility and application information, and to get other guidance about the certification process, at ACEDS.org/certification.

Strong, irrefutable case for e-discovery certification

William F. Hamilton, Chairman of the ACEDS Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor of e-discovery at the University of Florida’s College of Law, and a partner in the Tampa office of the national law firm, Quarles & Brady, said, “An independent, professional certification has been a rallying cry across the e-discovery field for several years. There is a compelling need for the e-discovery certification that ACEDS now offers.”

“The exponentially expanding volume of electronically stored information (ESI) fundamentally changed litigation and dispute resolution. ACEDS' certification establishes verifiable and reliable standards of e-discovery competence that is critically important to businesses, law firms and government agencies,” added Hamilton.

Presently, employers hiring lawyers, litigation support staff, and information technology professionals for e-discovery work must make hiring decisions relying on the subjective evaluation of resumes, interviews and references. Until now there has been no established standard to objectively assess whether a candidate has the requisite knowledge and skill to correctly handle the complex tasks e-discovery requires.

All corporations, law firms and government agencies affected

"The ACEDS certification is a huge benefit to practitioners who want to provide their clients with objective assurance of their qualifications. Corporate counsel, law firms and government agencies looking for high quality advice on e-discovery will recognize the importance of this certification,” said Helen Bergman Moure, an ACEDS Advisory Board member, and attorney and principal in Lex Aperta, a Seattle firm specializing in e-discovery advice and consultation.

“Not being associated with any vendor or particular technology, the ACEDS certification is poised to become the gold standard in the industry,” Moure added.

“The data deluge threatens to engulf our courts, arbitration and justice systems. Information is created, stored, transferred and utilized in previously unimagined ways. ESI has exploded litigation costs and changed the rules of engagement. Businesses need qualified lawyers, staff and vendors to manage the high costs and risks that can engulf litigation. We have to do e-discovery right and sensibly. At stake is the public's confidence in our justice system,” said Hamilton.

CEDS certification exam follows psychometric standards

“The CEDS examination is empirically based, objective and constructed according to the same recognized psychometric standards of other distinguished professional certifications. A leading psychometric firm, Kryterion, assisted ACEDS in constructing and validating testing soundness,” said Gregory Calpakis, Executive Director of ACEDS, who leads a professional staff with substantial experience in creating and administering a professional certification.

CEDS certification confers career and job benefits

The CEDS certification enables e-discovery practitioners to advance their careers and provide compelling evidence of an advanced level of professional skill. It assures employers and clients that the work of managing e-discovery responsibilities is in the hands of someone who meets independent, verifiable standards of competence.

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists is a member organization for professionals in the private and public sectors who work in the electronic discovery field. ACEDS is a community for certification, training, networking, specialized news and best practices.

Source : http://www.financialpost.com


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