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EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner (EnCEP) Program

The EnCase™ Certified eDiscovery Practitioner (EnCEP) program certifies private- and public-sector professionals in the use of the OpenText™ EnCase™ Information Assurance software as well as their proficiency in eDiscovery planning, project management, and best practices, spanning legal hold to load file creation. EnCase Information Assurance is the leading eDiscovery solution for the search, collection, preservation, and processing of electronically stored information (ESI).

Earning the EnCEP certification illustrates that a practitioner is skilled in the application of the solution to manage and successfully complete all sizes of electronic discovery matters in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

EnCEP requirements and process

Step 1: Training and experience requirements

You need to have attended the live eDiscovery with EnCase Information Assurance training course AND have three months of work experience in electronic discovery collection, processing, and/or project management.

Step 2: Complete the EnCEP application

Download and complete the application and send it to the Certification Coordinator:

Attn: Certification Coordinator
1055 East Colorado Boulevard Suite 400
Pasadena, CA 91106-2375

The cost of the test is $125.00 ($150.00 International), which includes:

  • Phase I and Phase II tests delivered online with the ExamBuilder engine.
  • EnCEP certificate and wallet card upon successful completion of the program.

Step 3: Register for test

Once the application has been received and approved, you will:

  • Be contacted by the Certification Coordinator for the test payment by credit card, check, or purchase order.
  • Receive an email with the registration information to take the EnCEP test online.

Step 4: Take phase I (written exam)

  • With the information provided by the Certification Coordinator, log onto ExamBuilder to take the Phase I computer-based written exam. You will have 1.25 hours to complete the test of 100 questions drawn from a pool of about 200.
  • Minimum passing score is 80%.
  • If your organization or personal information changes prior to retesting, you will need to submit a new application.
  • If you do not pass this test, you can retake the test within 30 days. If you are not successful on the second attempt, you must coordinate with the Certification Coordinator for retesting after a 30-day waiting period. After three unsuccessful attempts, you will need to reapply for the EnCEP program.

Step 5: Take phase II (practical exam)

  • Those who pass the phase I test will be registered for phase II scenario exam online.
  • The phase II scenario exam tests the candidate on the use of EnCase Information Assurance in scenarios and case studies, utilizing the skills taught in the eDiscovery with EnCase Information Assurance course.
  • The candidates are allotted 3.5 hours to complete the phase II exam.
  • Candidates must complete the phase II test within 30 calendar days of being scheduled for the phase II test. Extensions of up to seven (7) calendar days may be granted by the Certification Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
  • The candidate must receive a score of 80% on the phase II test to pass.
  • If a candidate does not complete the phase II test within the time allotted them, they will be required to start the EnCEP process over at phase I. Requests for an extension must be made in writing and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • If a grade of 80% to pass the phase II test is not obtained, the test can be retaken within 30 days. If a second attempt is not successful, you must coordinate with the Certification Coordinator for retesting after a 30-day waiting period. After three unsuccessful attempts, you will need to reapply for the EnCEP program. A new application is required if your organization of personal information changes during the waiting period.

Step 6: EnCEP Certification and renewal process

  • Those who pass the Phase II exam will be notified via email and issued an electronic EnCEP certificate and wallet card.
  • EnCEP certifications are valid for three years from date obtained. Detailed information about the renewal process and submitting renewal credit is available on the EnCEP Certification page.
  • Please be aware EnCEP holders are responsible for knowing their certification expiration date. Should your certification expire, you will be required to restart the EnCEP process from Phase I. Extensions will not be granted. If you are unsure of your expiration date please email
  • Contacting any EnCEP examiners or trainers while you are undergoing the EnCEP testing process (Phase I and II) will be considered cheating and result in immediate failure and exclusion from future testing.
  • If you have any questions regarding EnCEP, please contact