​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IACIS ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Preparing for Laboratory​ Accreditation

 The IACIS Preparing for Lab Accreditation (PLA) is a 36-hour course of instruction. This course is designed for examiners, supervisors, managers, and executives that have the responsibility to develop and implement policies and procedures within a digital forensic unit or laboratory in their efforts to obtain accreditation. 

This course of instruction is designed to provide guidance on how any digital evidence lab can earn accreditation by understanding and implementing the accreditation requirements.  Topics include an overview of the accreditation schema and benefits of achieving accreditation, how to implement a Quality Management System that is in compliance with ISO 17025/17020, developing laboratory SOPs and other related documentation, and understanding Validation\Verification for equipment, methods and software as it relates to digital evidence.  

Program Outline

I. Understanding accreditationCertification vs. Accreditation

  • Certification vs. Accreditation
  • Benefits of accreditation
  • What standards must be met to earn accreditation

II. Understanding ISO 17025/17020

  • Uniqueness of Digital Evidence

III. Accredited Bodies

  • Supplement Requirements

IV. Quality Management System

  • How all the pieces fit together
    • Policies and Procedures
      • International Standards
      • Supplemental Requirements of Accreditation Bodies
      • Quality Manual Development
      • Technical Manual (i.e., SOPs defining Technical Methods)
      • Operations Manual (e.g., evidence management/equipment management)
      • Training Manual
    • Resources
      • People (Training, mentoring, and establishing technical competency)
      • Training Programs
      • Facility Design and Security
      • Forensic Hardware and Software
    • Performance measures
      • Internal Audits and Corrective Action
      • Training Evaluation
      • Outcomes of proficiency testing
      • Customer feedback

V. Small Lab Challenges

  • Peer Review
  • Job Responsibilities

VII. Validation\Verification

  • Laboratory Methods
  • Software
  • Hardware​


     PLA​ - May 8th -12th 2017 - NOW OPEN​  (Limited to 40 students)

REGISTRATION:  To purchase training, you must first be a member of IACIS.

To apply for membership, complete the membership application by clicking on  this hyperlink to the membership application​. Your course tuition will cover the cost of your first year of membership.

Once your membership application has been approved, you can purchase the training product by logging onto the IACIS web site and clicking on the Purchase Training/Certification button.​

Tuition is $500.00


There are no formal computer forensics credentials required for entry into the PDL program, however, the program is designed for those that are responsible for developing and implementing digital evidence standards within the laboratory.

LOCATION: This course is taught at the Orlando Mariott Hotel in Lake Mary, Florida (USA). See the link "Book your group rate" at bottom of page.

COURSE SYLLABUS:PLA Description and Syllabus 2017.doc

​COURSE COMPETENCIES PLA Competency Jan 2017.pdf​ 

COURSE NOTES: Please read the following notes regarding this class:

1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one-hour lunch break.

2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks). The wearing of shorts, flip-flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom.

3. Personal computers are encouraged in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.

4. Hotel accommodations and training location: Orlando Marriott Hotel, 1501 International Pkwy., Lake Mary, FL 32751 , (407) 995-1100 ​


Start date: 4/28/17
End date: 5/13/17
Last day to book: 4/7/17
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
> Orlando Marriott Lake Mary  for 91 USD  per night: ​
Book your group rate for IACIS / International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists
Overflow Options
$91 Traditional Rooms Reservation Link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/IACISOverflow2017StandardRooms
$121 Executive Club Access Rooms Reservation Link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/IACISOverflow2017ClubAccessRooms

Additional overflow:
Reservation Link:  Homewood IACIS Reservations
Group Name: IACIS
Group Code: IAC
Check-in: 29-APR-2017
Check-out: 13-MAY-2017
Hotel Address:
755 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, Florida
Phone Number: 407-805-9111​