The Certified eDiscovery Professional (CeDP) OLP certification examination sets a standard in eDiscovery
and is a symbol of excellence. CeDP signifies that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today's complex eDiscovery environment.
Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience. Certified individuals are usually issued a certificate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are
entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of initials after their
Certifications differ from certificate programs because certifications include an experience component.
Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates once a course of study has been completed
and do not require previous work experience.
Reasons to Take the CeDP® Certification Exam:
• The exam was developed by a team of 25 well-known and respected top eDiscovery experts in the US
• Top experts include partners in major firms, in-house legal department counsel, well-known consultants, Ph.D.s, authors and law professors.
• OLP partnered with Pearson VUE, a $7 billion corporation and global leader in certification exams such
as the GRE, LSAT.
• The test follows the science of psychometrics: A team of five Ph.D.'s worked alongside of OLP's Exam committee rendering an unbiased, fair, independent, vendor-neutral and balanced exam.
• OLP has an outstanding reputation for gold-standard courses in eDiscovery utilizing the best possible instructors who have contributed to the certification exam prep courses.
• Certification demonstrates to your clients, judges, courts, competitors, staff and investors that you use
industry respected best practices.
• The process of achieving and maintaining the certification also helps ensure that you are continually
improving and refining your knowledge and skills, staying up-to-date with the latest changes.
• The regular assessment process will improve attorney and staff responsibility, commitment and
•Passing this rigorous exam can demonstrate to employers that they have made the right hiring decision;
CeDP certification can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities.
• Results are not only internal. Promoting your certified eDiscovery team to clients and other stakeholders
can also have significant benefits for your law firm.
• Proceeds from revenues are put back into the association for the benefit of members and the legal
community. Participants working hard on the exam did so out of a desire to better the legal community
and bring higher quality education and tools to the arena.
"If the rise in work for ediscovery professionals continues, this may lead to traction on ediscovery certification efforts.
Considering the relative size and projected growth of the industry, it’s as good a time as any to start some sort of
standardization for professionals. Right now, there are many diverse skill sets that ediscovery professionals have but in
order to move upward (or even laterally) within the industry there needs to be some sort of quality control over the workforce." - eDiscovery Trends
The eDiscovery Certification Exam
• Applies to the many multi-disciplined eDiscovery positions combining substantive law and technology: from attorney to paralegal, litigation support and consultant.
• Is a rigorous, sound and knowledge-based exam without the influence of products or services.
• Available year-round at over 1,000 worldwide Pearson secured testing facilities in a proctored environment using patent-tested, award-winning, proprietary technology.
• Is a standardized measurement of core competencies in discharging the duties presented by e-discovery in multiple disciplines.
• The CeDP™ exam follows the competency assessment principles and standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the leading organization of the credentialing community setting credentialing quality standards.
"An e-discovery certification program recognized profession wide and administered by an independent organization is essential to ensuring that those who provide legal services are qualified to handle… digitally created evidence." - Douglass Mitchell, Esq., Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP; Chairperson, Board of Governors, OLP. [L.A. Lawyer Magazine]
Partial List of CeDP's:
Sara Hook, M.L.S., M.B.A., J.D. Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean for Indiana University
Vickie Hill, CEO, Norcross Group
Leigh Isaacs, Orrick, Washington, DC
Dominic Jaar, Esq., National Leader, Information Management & E-Discovery, KPMG, Editor, The Sedona Conference
Debora Motkya Jones, Esq., Lighthouse Technologies
Susan Kavanagh, RP, Director of Practice Management, Forensic Digital Detectives, LLC
Michelle Kovitch, Director of Training,
Dave Lewis, Ph.D., LegalTrec
Steve Lief, Esq., Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Cathy Lopez, eDiscovery Manager, Fennemore Craig LLP
Alex Lubarsky, Esq., LL.M., Catalyst Repository,State Bar of California Law Practice Management & Technology Section
Mary Mack, Esq., Counsel, Zylab
Danielle Marbury, WilmerHale, Palo Alto, CA
Hunter McMahon, Driven Technologies
Douglass Mitchell, Esq., Partner, Boies Schiller & Flexner, LLP
Marissa Moran, Esq.,Assoc. Professor, NY City College of Technology, Dept of Law & Paralegal Studies;
Kaye,Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler
Tom O'Connor, CEO, Gulf Technology, New Orleans
Bonita Paul, Director of Administration, Skadden Arps,Los Angeles
Jeff Parkhurst, TrialBriefPro
Barry Pace, Precise Law
Ken Rashbaum, Esq., Rashbaum & Associates, New York, NY; Sedona Conference
Rob Robinson, Vice President, Orange Legal Technologies
Janet Powell, Case Manager, Jackson Lewis, Miami, FL
Herb Roitblat, Ph.D., CEO, Orcatec
Patrick Romero, CIPP, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Kelly Scribner, Office of Federal Defender Services
Linda Sharp, Esq., MBA, ZL Technologies
Madison Spach, Esq., Spach, Capaldi & Waggaman, LLP
Darcie Spruance, Litigation Support Manager, Kilpatrick, Stockton, Atlanta, GA
Caroline Sweeney, Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, MN
Joe Thorpe, CEO, ILS, Los Angeles
Dennis Warchol, Litigation Technical Support Specialist, Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg LLP
Kara Buzga, Paralegal Manager, Mayer Brown, NY
A certificate program differs from a certification exam. A certification exam indicates mastery/competency, hands-on experience and is typically administered by a 3rd party standard-setting organization set through a defensible, industry-wide process. A certificate program does not constitute certification. It indicates completion of a course.You cannot be certified by taking a course. You must take the aforementioned certification exam.