Digital Case Assessment Method (DECAM)


Successfully complete the 2 day/16 hours distance learning.

Provide documentation supporting the successful investigation of a minimum of twenty-five (25) digital evidence assignments. The assignments must be comprehensive in nature and not merely single task oriented. A notarized affidavit from a supervisor or defense counsel attesting to the fact must be provided.

Two written recommendations from defense counsel noting the investigator’s reputation, intellectual acuity, ability, accomplishments, and skill level in the use and handling of digital evidence.

A minimum of two (2) years professional experience as a criminal defense investigator, either working for a state public defender’s office or as a licensed private investigator.

Adhere to the continuing education requirements mandated to maintain the DECAM Certification. Ten (10) continuing education units must be satisfied every two years. CEU requirements must be obtained from approved programs providing training in the discipline of digital evidence.

Successfully pass the required written test.

Successfully pass the required practical scenario examination.

Complete the required application and pay the appropriate fees.

DECAM Certification Application Fee – $175

Renewal – $50


Continuing Education Units may be acquired by attending digital evidence related seminars, training, college courses, or distance learning. Research of a digital evidence specific topic may also be conducted. Research can include but not limited to the reading or study of a book. A two-page report must be submitted detailing the findings of the research with a focus upon 3 specific learning objectives that resulted from the research.