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The World’s Most Comprehensive Hi-Tech Computer & Cyber Forensic Learning Experience

Certified Forensic Hi-Tech Investigators (CFHI's) are the industry’s Most Elite Computer and Mobile Forensic Investigators that are trained in advanced and state of the art methodologies designed to help identify, investigate and prosecute the most sophisticated types of computer crimes known to man. They are Simply the Best of the Best! Let me tell you about the program and how to earn your credential and board certification!

This Professional Board Certification program focuses on enhancing your skill sets as a "Hi-Tech Forensic Expert" which takes a blended learning approach of self-study, live interactions, and instructor led labs that will help you to learn how to conduct successful computer forensic investigations with powerful new concepts to prosecute the guilty.

We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience of conducting forensic investigations, cyber-investigations from the private, public, and government sectors around the world and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to success and failures.

The CFHI Supports the National Cyber-Security Workforce Framework (Homeland Security)

  • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework supports the nation’s cybersecurity workforce development efforts.
  • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a simple, standardized way to define cybersecurity work across multiple sectors
  • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides detailed descriptions of types of cybersecurity work, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each area, and descriptions of common specialties.
  • Students will graduate with the knowledge and skills that employers need
  • Colleges can create programs that are aligned to jobs,
  • Employees will have a better-defined career path and opportunities, and
  • Policymakers can set standards to promote workforce professionalization.

Earn Your Credentials Today as a Certified Forensic Hi-Tech Investigator - CFHI TODAY. We even offer a payment plan!

Get Certified by the Industry’s Premier and Most Recognized Nationally Accredited Training Organization… the McAfee Institute!

Instead of Crawling to the Top of the Ladder, Why Not Propel Yourself There with the Expert Credentials and Knowledge You Need to Succeed?

What if instead, you could access engaging video tutorials at your own pace, ONLINE, 24/7 that showed you exactly how to conduct computer forensic and cyber investigations more quickly and easily than you ever dreamed possible? How about learning real-world applications and techniques through hands-on forensic investigative exercises?

And what if you could tap into the unmatched knowledge and expertise of some of the world's foremost experts and practitioners to understand how to maximize the forensic approach that stands to be gained from Computers, Laptops, Mobile Devices and more.

  • You'd feel confident and self-assured as an investigator, knowing that you have the knowledge and skills to quickly conduct effective Hi-Tech Forensic Computer and Cyber Investigations that will support the prosecution of the guilty while eliminating the innocent.
  • You'd feel optimistic, knowing that computer & cyber forensics has opened up a new world of intelligence... and you know exactly how to use it to drive investigative strategies and ensure you're properly investigating the most dangerous threats.
  • You'd feel relieved, knowing that you don't have to waste hours upon hours or spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to figure how to effectively navigate different types of hi-tech computers as an investigative professional.
  • You'd enjoy more time and less stress, speeding up the investigative process by effortlessly navigating different types of computers, mobile devices and more.
  • You'd feel proud, knowing you're the go-to expert in your niche that your peers, employer, and others turn to when it comes to conducting computer & cyber investigations that get results.

And what would that do for your career?

Those who earn the nationally accredited credential you're about to discover go on to experience some of the world's most prestigious and exciting intelligence and investigative careers in both the public and private sectors.

With this board certification, you'll not only have the skills, knowledge, and expertise you need to track down criminals and glean intelligence from Hi-Tech Computers, Mobile Devices...but you'll also become known as an industry expert in conducting quick and effective cyber investigations.

Here's What's Waiting for You on the inside of This Brand New Online Program:

  • 100% online self-paced learning modules that give you 24/7 access to the program and allow you the freedom to complete it at your convenience
  • An intensive, yet sufficient self-study program that makes it easy to become a Certified Hi-Tech Forensic Investigator (CFHI) – even with your busy schedule
  • Video-based tutorials that appeal to visual learners and make learning more of an engaging process so that you retain more information
  • Real-life scenarios and real-world training that will challenge you and give you the hands-on experience you need to be successful
  • LIVE investigative exercises that allow you to apply your learning and test your new skills on-the-spot
  • LIVE instructor support available via Chat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm so you can get answers to your questions and quick assistance with your course
  • And much, much more...

In just a moment, you're going to discover the Certified Forensic HiTech Investigator (CFHI) program that is going to allow you to stand out from the competition and climb the career ladder faster than ever by establishing yourself as a leading expert whom your employer and peers all turn to for answers.

If you are from Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Fraud, Intelligence, Cyber Security, I.T Security or Private Investigation than this program is exactly what you need to succeed. You will learn a ton of new concepts and investigative methodologies

that you can apply immediately to your role and come out on top. We take the best of the best and make them even better!

Course Benefits:

  • Official CFHI e-Courseware: ($1797 Value)
  • Official CFHI Online Exam License: ($997 Value)
  • Official CFHI Prep Review Quizzes: ($497 Value)
  • Official CFHI Digital Study Guide: ($350 Value)
  • Credential Earned: Board Certification 
  • Availability: Desktop, Mobile, Tablet 
  • Nationally Recognized Credential: NASBA, NICE & More
  • Live Mentors: Available 9-6PM CST via Chat

Bonus Items for Enrolling Today:

  • Exam Guarantee: Pass it or try again on us! Conditions Apply (Value $997)
  • KeepSake: Diploma, Padded Cover, Transcripts (Value $300)
  • Unlimited Access to our New Career Center: (Value $1200)
  • Unlimited Coaching and Mentoring: (Value $2400)

Maintaining the Credential:

You have to renew the board certification every two years, once you are certified. The cost is $125 for an additional two years. CPE requirements are listed here.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of experience in forensics, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and/or loss prevention, private investigation, computers, or IT Security or
  • Associates degree plus three years of experience or
  • High school diploma or GED plus four years of experience or

Also, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like shall be ineligible to become a CFHI®. Applicant must provide a copy of a certified transcript of education ONLY if using college degree rather than experience to qualify. Applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Certified Forensic Hi-Tech Investigator.


Intro to HiTech Forensics

  • Intro to Computer Crime Investigations
  • Group Forum Discussion: Introduction Yourself!
  • Trends in Cyber Crime

Trends in CyberCrime

  • HiTech Investigations: (Reading Assignment)
  • Crime Scene Investigations Involving Computers
  • Digital Evidence Collection for First Responders
  • Reading Assignment
  • Group Forum Discussion: Compliance Laws
  • Prep Review Quiz

Electronic Discovery

  • Setting Up Computer Forensics Lab
  • Understanding File Systems
  • Windows Registry Forensics
  • Hard Drive Recovery
  • Mobile Forensics
  • Group Forum Discussion: Security Standards
  • About the Registry - Microsoft
  • Validation of Forensic Tools and Software: A Quick Guide for the Forensic Examiner
  • Reading Assignment
  • Prep Review Quiz

Electronic Discovery Advanced

  • Crimes involving Email
  • Utilizing Access Data FTK
  • Reading Assignment
  • Facebook Intelligence & Investigations
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Defining Open Source Intelligence
  • A World of Sock Puppets
  • Documenting Social Media
  • Building Your Digital Case File
  • How to Keep Yourself Protected
  • Which Domain Tools to Use
  • Considerations for Instant Messaging Investigations
  • Invaluable Websites for Conducting People Searches
  • Using Suspect's Usernames to Search Multiple Platforms
  • An Exploration into the New MySpace
  • The Powerhouse of Information Known as LinkedIn
  • Social Monitoring and Tracking Suspects on Twitter
  • Geo Tracking News, Media, and Businesses
  • Creating False Personas and New Identities
  • Advanced Social Media Investigations In Conclusion

Becoming an Expert Witness

  • Common Task of an Expert Witness
  • Preparing to Become an Expert Witness
  • Your Role as a Consultant
  • How to Prepare Your Testimony for Court
  • Preparing Forensic and Computer Evidence
  • Summary
  • Group Forum Discussion: Crimes Involving Email
  • Prep Review Quiz

Computer Forensics

  • Picture and Video File Review
  • Internet History Reconstruction
  • Digital Evidence/Legal Procedures & Practices
  • Covert and Remote Collections
  • Cell Phone Forensics
  • Wireless Networks and Wireless Network Attacks
  • Reading Assignment
  • Group Forum Discussion: Steganography Tools
  • Prep Review Quiz

Computer Forensics Advanced

  • Social Engineering
  • Email Analysis
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Reading Assignment
  • Group Forum Discussion: Social Engineering
  • Prep Review Quiz

Hi-Tech Investigations

  • Trade Secrets/IP Theft (Reading Assignment)
  • Trade Secret / IP Theft
  • Breach of Privacy
  • Workplace Misconduct
  • Prep Review Quiz

Hi-Tech Investigations Advanced

  • Cyberstalking
  • Inappropriate Material
  • Embezzlement and Fraud
  • Cyberstalking/Piracy/Embezzlement (Reading Assignment Week 8)
  • Prep Review Quiz

Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics

  • Intro to Mobile Forensics
  • Mobile Forensics Acquisition
  • Mobile Forensics Examination & Analysis
  • Procedures and Principles
  • Mobile Phone Acquisition/Examination/Reporting (Reading Assignment)
  • Prep Review Quiz

Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics Advanced

  • Social Media Apps
  • Facebook Forensics on Mobile Devices
  • Twitter Forensics on Mobile Devices
  • Instagram Forensics on Mobile Devices
  • Kik Forensics on Mobile Devices
  • Mobile Phone File Systems Reading Assignment

Private and Domestic Investigations

  • Cheating Partner Investigations
  • Hidden Assets
  • Cyber Bullying

Legal Fundamentals

  • Legal Fundamentals Reading Assignment
  • Research Discussion: States Computer Crime Statutes
  • Additional Resource: DOJ Prosecuting Computer Crimes Manual

Final Exam

  • Final Exam Preparation
  • Exam Application
  • Final Exam: CFHI


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Brian S.
United States

Good overview - not very in-depth

The course/certification was a good overview and a good introduction to the area of cyber forensics for people who may not have as much of a background in technology. That being said, I was hoping for a little more in-depth and possibly hands-on learning experience, and the course seemed overly easy for me (since I do have a fairly extensive background in technology - mostly focusing on security and some forensics).

stphen m.
United States

CFHI Course

The course was amazing. I was worried it would be over my head as I know the basics of computers and phones, as I am no computer wiz. The course takes you from ground zero on up so that any experience level could grasp the teachings. I wish they showed how to make a second copy of the evidence from different devices like computers, Android phones and IPhones. I do know that this probably changes all the time so may not be practical as it could be outdated quickly with how fast technology grows. I would recommend this course to others.

Catherine H.
United States


great course will keep chugging away at it great content

A McAfee Institute Customer
Stanly M.


A great course that has improved my operations. I however feel the video tutorials be downloadable for reference purposes.

Gary Mason

Certified Forensic HiTech Investigator (CFHI)

Worth the money.