Forensic Computer Examiner Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s Online Forensic Computer Examiner Certificate Program consists of courses that range from Business Writing and professional skills to the processing of information on a crime scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide students with enhanced knowledge in the area of computer forensics for job or career advancement.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Describe the functions of hardware devices that make up a computer system, including the motherboard, CPU, memory, and storage devices
  • Describe the basics of computer maintenance and troubleshooting, including working with mobile computing and external devices
  • Demonstrate effective business and technical writing skills, and recognize how to prepare business and technical documents
  • Explain the functions of a computer's operating system, including Windows, Linux, and Mac systems
  • Identify the processes and devices that allow computers to communicate with each other to form networks
  • Recognize the foundations of the Internet, including the servers, clients, and technologies that link them together, and explain web design, web configuration, and hosting environments
  • Explain how ethics and morality relate to the criminal justice system, and recognize ethical issues encountered by criminal justice professionals
  • Discuss various types of computer-based crime and the procedures used in criminal cases that involve computers
  • Describe the concepts and practices involved in computer forensics, including using forensics tools, handling evidence, writing reports, and giving testimony

This course defines and describes the elements and function of hardware devices that are part of a modern personal computer system.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Identify different IT careers and their functions
  • Explain the parts of a computer system
  • Classify the internal functions of motherboards, firmware, PC computing storage, and power
  • Point out the fundamentals and applications of manual multimeters

Textbook: Mike Meyer’s CompTIA A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, 6th Edition

This course will give you the skills you need to support mobile computing devices such as laptops, netbooks, smart phones, tablets, and iPads.


  • Analyze the external components of a computer system and how they work for customers
  • Distinguish elements of networking, including local area networks and wide area networks
  • Categorize portable and mobile computer systems

Learn how to write business and technical documents.


  • Organize your material logically and systematically.
  • Use action verbs effectively and construct paragraphs.
  • Conduct research and document sources.

Discover how operating systems communicate with each computer hardware device, display data on the monitor, and retrieve and store information on the disk drive.


  • Identify three common operating systems
  • Summarize the processes of operating systems installation, maintenance, and upgrade
  • Describe the troubleshooting process for operating systems
  • Relate software to networking
  • Categorize computer security in the IT field
  • Define operational procedures for a career as an IT Support Specialist

In this course, you’ll learn how computers communicate with each other and how to form networks.


  • Learn network fundamentals.
  • Discover how local area networks and wide area networks work.
  • Understand how to maintain, troubleshoot, and secure a network.
  • Become familiar with the devices used for connecting networks.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Cisco Networking Essentials

Explore the foundations of the Internet: the servers, clients, and technologies that link them together.


  • Learn website configuration, while examining common hosting environments, including Windows® and Unix®-based platforms.
  • Create and configure your own web server.

Many situations require an understanding of ethics: difficult dilemmas with difficult solutions and outcomes. However, to act ethically is crucial to public protection and the integrity of the legal profession.


  • Learn about morality and ethics within the context of human behavior.
  • Examine issues of ethics and law enforcement.
  • Learn about the ethics of both punishment and corrections.
  • Complete a research project in which you’ll give your ethical solution to five fact scenarios.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Everyday Ethics for The Criminal Justice Professional

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.


  • Learn to classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Explore the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime

With crimes ranging from identity theft to e-terrorism potentially affecting millions, it’s vital that those in the field of investigation and law enforcement be up-to-date on the latest in evidence collection and investigative techniques, and the countless ways in which criminals can leave electronic traces of their activities.


  • Learn the concepts and practices involved in computer forensics.
  • Identify the tools, ranging from graphical user interface (GUI) acquisition software to hex editors.
  • Write reports.
  • Follow rules of evidence.
  • Give testimony in court.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Computer Forensics JumpStart

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
Easy-to-Access Lessons
Each lesson is broken into short chapters that allow you to fit learning into whatever time you have available. Don’t have time to finish a lesson? Not a problem - pick up where you left off next time!
Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Sample Computer Programming Languages Lesson

Sample Forensic Computer Examiner Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Forensic Computer Examiner course would look like.
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Apple, Mac, and macOS are trademarks of Apple, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Enroll Now Request Info