What Will You Need To Know

To Pass The CECI Exam.

The CECI exam evaluates your expertise across fourty-three intelligence and investigative domains. Think of the domains as topics you need to master based on your professional experience and education.

CECI Domains

  • Domain 1. Cyber intelligence
  • Domain 2. Auction fraud investigation methodologies
  • Domain 3. Advanced auction fraud investigation methodologies
  • Domain 4. Understanding the perpetrator
  • Domain 5. Email headers and digital forensics
  • Domain 6. Open-source intelligence
  • Domain 7. Privacy
  • Domain 8. Basic social media investigations
  • Domain 9. Advanced social media investigations
  • Domain 10. Legal fundamentals of cyber investigations
  • Domain 11. Documenting social media evidence
  • Domain 12. Chatting up your person of interest
  • Domain 13. What do we do with dating sites
  • Domain 14. How to utilize informants
  • Domain 15. Law enforcement efforts
  • Domain 16. Digital evidence
  • Domain 17. Setting up an investigators computer
  • Domain 18. Introduction to cyber investigations
  • Domain 19. Exploring the deep web
  • Domain 20. Interpretation of behaviors
  • Domain 21. Cyber investigations 101
  • Domain 22. Ethical considerations
  • Domain 23. Advanced searching
  • Domain 24. Deception
  • Domain 25. Program design and development
  • Domain 26. Introduction to ORC investigations
  • Domain 27. Organized retail crime overview
  • Domain 28. Organized retail crime-fraud schemes
  • Domain 29. Booster operations
  • Domain 30. Fencing operations
  • Domain 31. Organized retail crime investigations
  • Domain 32. Organized retail crime investigations part 2
  • Domain 33. Surveillance methods
  • Domain 34. Legal fundamentals of organized retail crime
  • Domain 35. Orc prevention and deterrence
  • Domain 36. Introduction to cyber counterintelligence
  • Domain 37. Intelligence overview
  • Domain 38. Applying intelligence methodologies
  • Domain 39. Cyber terrorism & hackers
  • Domain 40. Cyber threats & concerns
  • Domain 41. Trends in Cyber Crime
  • Domain 42. Electronic Discovery
  • Domain 43. Computer Forensics
  • Domain 44. Computer Forensics Advanced
  • Domain 45. Hi-Tech Investigations
  • Domain 46. Hi-Tech Investigations Advanced
  • Domain 47. Cellphone & Mobile Forensics
  • Domain 48. Cellphone & Mobile Forensics Advanced
  • Domain 49. Private and Domestic Investigations

Register for Your CECI Exam

Don’t wait. If you’re ready to pursue the CECI certification, commit yourself now by registering for the exam.

The board exam is taken online and can be taken on your own schedule. The exam consists of multiple-choice, true/false & scenario-based questions. You have 3 hours to complete the exam and it must be completed in one sitting. You must earn 70% or greater to successfully pass the board exam. There are 130-170 questions depending on the exam version.

Get CECI Training that's Right for You

With self-paced or instructor-led online and classroom courses, McAfee Institute has a training option to fit your schedule and learning style. Training, seminars, courseware and self-study aids directly from McAfee Institute help you get ready for the rigorous CCIP exam by reviewing relevant domains.


  • Career Advancement

    Surveys consistently suggest that McAfee Institute (M.I.) Board certified professionals earn higher salaries (up to a 30% increase) and gain more opportunities for career advancement.

  • Professional Opportunities

    Certification proves to prospective employers that your expertise is confirmed by McAfee Institute, the leader in intelligence and investigative professional development.

  • Proven Professional Achievement

    Documented evidence of your professional achievement leads to recognition and respect for your abilities as an intelligence and investigative professional.

  • Greater Adaptability

    McAfee Institute Certified professionals demonstrate that they are committed to continuing education, allowing them to adapt more effectively to a rapidly changing technology environment.

  • Increased Credibility

    McAfee Institute Certification credentials increase your standing in the community by attesting to the integrity of your knowledge and skills and the reliability with which you can apply them.

  • Employer Confidence

    McAfee Institute Certifications help employers match skills to job requirements and provides confidence that employees have the right skills for the job.

  • Industry Recognition

    The high-integrity examination and certification process ensures that McAfee Institute credentials are the standard for the intelligence and investigative sectors.

  • Continued Professional Growth

    Recertification requirements, combined with a variety of learning resources, ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with a rapidly changing field.



How often do our certifications need renewed?

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

Eligibility Requirements

Learn if you are eligible to take one of our programs

Bachelor’s degree or higher plus four years of experience in e-commerce, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and loss prevention or

Associates degree plus six years of experience or

High school diploma or equivalency plus seven years of experience.

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 CECI®. 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 Expert in Cyber Investigations.

Download Syllabus

Want to learn more about the CECI? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in six different certification trainings and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.