Passware Certified Examiner Training

Become a certified decryption expert in just a week.

Self-paced course on evidence decryption using Passware Kit Forensic.

Passware Certified Examiner (PCE) training is designed specifically for computer forensic professionals. It provides world-class knowledge and skills to analyze and decrypt encrypted electronic evidence in an easy to follow format.

This online, self-paced course provides forensic examiners with a start-to-finish education on the use of Passware Kit Forensic. During the course, students learn how to detect encrypted evidence, recover passwords for all common file types, analyze memory images, recover passwords for mobile backups, decrypt hard drives, and more.

The course consists of 16 video sessions, varying from 7 to 30 minutes each. At the end of each session, attendees take a “knowledge check” — a simple 3 to 5 question quiz. Participants in this training course may take the exam to receive a Passware Certified Examiner (PCE) designation. Prior knowledge or use of Passware Kit Forensic is not required to take this course. The training users may request a free trial version of Passware Kit Forensic to complete the course.

Course Objectives

  • Gain extensive knowledge on encrypted electronic evidence
  • Know how to locate, process, and decrypt encrypted files and disks
  • Obtain required knowledge to set up password recovery attacks and to create and use custom dictionaries
  • Discover how to maximize password recovery performance: hardware acceleration and distributed password recovery
  • Learn the best practices to achieve the maximum success rate for decryption tasks
16 easy to follow video sessions

Course Outline

  • Session 1What is Encryption and Decryption?
  • Session 2Standard Forensic Procedures and Decryption Best Practices
  • Session 3Passware Kit Forensic Overview
  • Session 4Detecting Encrypted Files
  • Session 5Types of Attacks Available in Passware Kit Forensic
  • Sessions 6Batch Password Recovery
  • Sessions 7Dictionary Manager
  • Sessions 8Hardware Acceleration & Distributed Password Recovery
  • Sessions 9Memory Analysis
  • Sessions 10Full Disk Encryption
  • Sessions 11FDE: BitLocker, TrueCrypt, and VeraCrypt
  • Sessions 12FDE: FileVault/APFS Volumes
  • Sessions 13Mobile Device Backups and Apple Keychain
  • Sessions 14Resetting a Windows Admin Password
  • Sessions 15Standalone System
  • Sessions 16Hashes

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online, self-paced video course, so you can learn at your own speed.

You need Passware Kit Forensic installed on your computer, Internet access, and speakers or headphones.

Yes. Your license of Passware Kit Forensic must be up to date. The training users may request a free trial version of Passware Kit Forensic to complete the course.

Yes. After completing the course, students can take the exam to receive the Passware Certified Examiner (PCE) designation.

The passing score is 80%, with 63 questions in total for the test.

The certificate is valid for two years.

Access to the training is valid for one year from the course start date.