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CEDS Canada Certification

CEDS Canada training and certification is here!

ACEDS is launching its flagship Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) exam and training program in Canada. Initially, ACEDS will offer a beta exam through August 31st, with substantially discounted rates for the training and certification exam.

The beta exam is the final critical step in the development of the CEDS Canada exam, which will launch later this year. Beta exam participants will take an extended-time exam with 160-170 questions. Once the beta exam closes at the end of August, the results will undergo full statistical analysis. At the completion of the analysis, questions for the final exam are selected and a cut score will be established. Beta participants are graded using the same questions and passing score as the final version of the exam.

The beta exam is necessary to comply with industry standards for certification credentialing. This “testing of the test” will ensure that the CEDS Canada exam meets the same high standards ACEDS has had for the CEDS certification for over ten years.

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What You Will Experience with the CEDS Canada Beta Exam

  • A discount on the price of the CEDS Canada certification package
  • Approximately 160-170 scenario-based multiple-choice questions
  • An additional two hours to complete the exam – six hours total.
  • All enrollees receive the new 100+ page CEDS Canada Exam Preparation Study Guide written and edited by e-discovery experts from across Canada
  • Access to a live training class, our popular study group sessions, the ACEDS Mentorship Program, and the resources on aceds.org.
  • Scores for the exam will be released approximately 60 days after the beta exam closes, most likely sometime in September.

Why You Should Enroll in the CEDS Canada Certification Program

The Canadian Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS™) certification program responds to the need of the Canadian legal community—lawyers, paralegals, and e-discovery and litigation support professionals—who desire to improve and validate their knowledge and skills of the e-discovery process.

For more than 10 years, ACEDS has offered the US-based certification, and it has become the gold standard for training in e-discovery. Now, subject matter experts from Vancouver to Quebec and the U.S. have joined to deliver the first international version of the program based in Canadian law and practice.

Backed by the heft and resources of BARBRI Global, an international leader in legal education, the program is built with learning science and adheres to strict requirements for learning and development and the highest standards for credentialing. When a professional achieves the CEDS certification, it signifies a baseline of competency and skills that ensure successful client outcomes.

CEDS certification has improved the careers and professional reputations of thousands of legal professionals. Our clients report better case outcomes, faster on-boarding, and better team communication. Certification also facilitates sound hiring and assessment practices, reduces risk, and gives a competitive advantage to organizations and individuals who earn it.

Increase Your Earning Potential
Enhance Your E-Discovery Career
Validate Your E-Discovery Skill
Protect Your Organization

About the CEDS Canada Exam

The CEDS Canada program is experiential learning. It is designed for legal professionals working in e-discovery. In addition, training for the exam consists of self-study, a live CEDS Prep Class, study groups, and access to ACEDS’ Mentorship Program.

The final exam will launch in September, after the beta exam and analysis has concluded. It will consist of 145 four-item multiple-choice scenario-based questions1 and is available year-round at dozens of ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers across Canada.

The test is a rigorous examination built objectively by e-discovery professionals, audited by a global job-task survey and data scientists, and appraised by a community of e-discovery experts.

The exam is constructed with the help of more than 40 experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. This produces a neutral, legally defensible professional certification examination and program.

CEDS Canada Exam Prep

With You Every Step of the Way

ACEDS provides every resource needed to pass the CEDS exam, including help from experts and on-demand training.

CEDS Certification Prep Course
The ultimate tool to guide you through all the steps of the e-discovery process and prepare you for the CEDS Certification exam

CEDS Certification Exam Manual & Practice Questions
The CEDS Certification Exam Manual is 100+ pages of focused content and contains everything you need to study for and pass the CEDS exam, including practice questions.

Study Groups and Mentorship
We offer access to regularly scheduled study groups for those preparing for the exam, and our highly regarded Mentorship Program is for those who need additional guidance

CEDS Certification Q&A Sessions
Attend an upcoming CEDS Certification Q&A Session to ask your questions to CEDS-Certified experts via a live webinar.


Earn Your CEDS Digital Badge

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding digital and online marketplace is important to today’s professionals.

We have partnered with Credly's Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your CEDS credential. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


What Our Customers Say

"ACEDS' certification is a tremendous asset to us. In my opinion, this certification indicates a level of legal competence that is truly needed in the eDiscovery world. Legal professionals want to know that the person(s) on the other end of that often time last-minute call understands the legal landscape and the realities of the world in which a legal professional works."

Phillip Hearn
eDiscovery Manager, Lexbe

"There are many values to the CEDS certification. To me, it proves competence in a very specialized and very important field. I've hired several people because they have the CEDS certification and it initially told me that they were smart and really knew what they were doing and in every instance that actually proved to be true."

Alvin Lindsey, CEDS
Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP
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CEDS Certification Brochure

Learn everything you need to know about CEDS Certification with the CEDS Certification Brochure. Get one step closer to validating your skills and advancing your career, download the CEDS brochure now.

The CEDS Brochure includes:

    • More information about the Certification
    • Who gets certified
    • The anatomy of a CEDS question
    • What's included in the CEDS Certification Package


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CEDS Canada Certification Pricing


$749 USD
50% Discount (for a limited time only; regular price $1495)
Two Attempts at the CEDS Canada Exam
Live & On-Demand Prep Course
Exam Prep Manual
Practice Questions
Q&A Opportunities with Subject Matter Experts
Two-Year CEDS Certification2
One-Year of Membership and Access to Resources While Preparing for the Exam
Digital Badge
Access to ACEDS Mentorship Program and Study Groups

Government & Non-Profit Pricing

Full time employees of any local, state, or federal government agency, as well as those employed by a non-profit organization, are entitled to discounted CEDS packages. Each includes the same items as noted above at a reduced rate.

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[1] The initial beta exam may include additional questions and allow more time for completion.
[2] Upon passing the CEDS exam with an approved application.