Both a digital and physical copy of your CEDS certificate are issued (your physical copy will arrive via mail within a few weeks of certification). This is a great achievement, so display your certificate at home or in your office as a reminder of your accomplishment. Keep a copy of your digital CEDS certificate stored for your records and easy access to your certification date.
Our third-party digital badging platform, Credly, makes it easy to download and share your digital CEDS badge. Through Credly, you can add your digital badge to your social media profiles, email signature, and embed a hyperlink that allows one-click verification of your CEDS status.
A link to accept your badge will be emailed to you within 72-hours of earning your credential. When you accept your badge and set up your account with Credly, they make it easy to promote your new badge on social media—don’t forget to tag ACEDS when sharing your accomplishment—we would love to share it as well. Learn more about digital badging here.
- #eDiscoveryRockstar: ACEDS wants to celebrate your accomplishment by announcing you as an #eDiscoveryRockstar across our social media accounts. To be featured, simply send a photo of yourself as a reply to your certification email. You can visit our LinkedIn page here to congratulate recent #eDiscoveryRockstars and keep up with ACEDS news.
- Employer letter: Inform your employer of your new career milestone--use our Employer Letter Template to announce your new CEDS status to supervisors and colleagues. It is advantageous to keep your employer informed of your accomplishments and increased, quantifiable skills.
- Press release: Promote awareness of your accomplishment and start being recognized industry-wide for your skills and achievement today. Your company may choose to take advantage of our Press Release Template to draft an announcement to share with industry contacts and the media.
- ACEDS social media: Follow and engage with ACEDS on all our social media channels for the latest updates and events in our community. Stay connected with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
Continuing Education and Recertification
Now that you have earned your CEDS, your account has received an automatic complimentary two-year period of membership and certification as part of your original package purchase. After your initial two-years of certification, you will need to complete the CEDS Recertification Application to renew your credential every two years. Part of the recertification process is detailing continuing education credits. Just like on the CEDS Certification Application, you may claim credits for renewal just by actively working in the e-discovery field. Additional credits can be achieved through training and education in e-discovery, information governance, or other adjacent areas. As an active member of ACEDS, you have access to all the continuing education webinars needed through the My Courses section of your account. Though there is no obligation to complete training credits through ACEDS, know that you have these productions available to you if additional credits are needed leading up to your renewal date. For more information on recertification, visit our recertification page here.
Your ACEDS membership has been extended for two years from your certification date. While your CEDS credential is active, you will continue to be an active ACEDS member with access to your member benefits. This includes our extensive catalog of on-demand webinars (accessible through the My Courses section of your account), local chapter membership, and more. Stay connected and educated within the ACEDS community.