ADA — Online training is available at ECU's Center of Continuing Education and Community Services

As the need for forensic computer examinations grows, so does the demand for trained forensic computer examiners. An online forensic computer examiner training program now is available through East Central University to prepare students to take the certification exam.

The primary certification for civilian forensic computer examiners is the Certified Computer Examiner® certification. The online program is an authorized CCE training course. For more information about the course, visit http://www.gatlineducation.com/ecu/.

"I have been a forensic computer examiner for 15 years and every year I see the demand for examiners grow," said John Mellon, author of Gatlin Education Services' forensic computer examiner course, the founder of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and a lifetime member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.

"The field continues to grow rapidly as the technology is being used more frequently in civil litigation as well as by law enforcement," Mellon said.

The course takes an average of 90 to 180 days to complete and prepares the student for the CCE examination process. Through the online training program, students learn to find the evidence using forensically sound procedures, prepare clear, accurate reports, and leran how to present that evidence in a court of law. A section on the ethics of computer forensics and on the preparation and analysis of investigation results is also included.

"Training and certification is becoming increasingly important in getting a job as a computer examiner, and many career opportunities exist in private practice, large agencies and government organizations," Mellon said.

Funding for the course is available through the Gatlin Education Loan Program and other sources. Information is available at www.collegeloanapplication.com

For more information, contact Sarah Barton Carlsson at ECU at (580) 310-5859 or email scarlsson@ecok.edu.

Gatlin Education Services is the largest provider of Web-based, instructor-supported training to colleges and universities.

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