ACFEI - Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) - Opinions?
I'm considering signing up for the ACFEI CFC course and was wondering if people who have completed the course could offer some feedback on their experience?
The basic course description is here http//www.acfei.com/forensic_certifications/cfc/
To provide some background on why I'm interested… I've been working in the eDiscovery field (at various vendors) for about 7 years with a focus on forensics over the past year or so. I have my CCE/ACE but have never been formally exposed to the nitty-gritty legal details and believe this information could prove useful when consulting clients.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
If you want to be exposed to legal things, take up a defense case, or a capital case, or some PD cases. All of those will have you look at how things are done much differently and the rights people have and don't have.
I have it and for a few reasons. That being said as well, pick certification paths and organizations that complement what you are doing/want to do int he field. I work with a lot of legal clients and have to be versed enough in the law about what MY role and rules are as a forensic examiner.
The CFC is very good for knowing the legal ramifications as it pertains to being a forensic examiner and and testifying expert witness. The biggest mistake is assuming when working with legal clients is that they know anything about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, evidence procedure, State rules, etc. You have to know how to maintain your professional neutrality and meet the regulations that govern the work you perform in legal matters especially if your to provide written reports, decelerations, affidavits and testimony.
What I also find important is that the "e-discovery" industry was born out of amended FRCP in 2006. Knowing how the law looks at digital evidence is obviously important here. While the CFC does not directly address these areas (26 etc) knowing the role of an expert examiner in the macro view of the legal process is IMO invaluable.
Thanks for the feedback, Douglas! I think I will give it a go.
Look at the certification and keeping up the CE. You can read their magazine and mail in the results which show you read an article for part of your CE.