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Apprenticeship training course

Digital forensic technician (level 4)

Support and manage the processing of digital evidence.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Computer examiner
  • Data forensic technician
  • Data forensic technician
  • Digital evidence technician
  • Digital forensic technician
  • Digital investigation technician
  • Mobile device examiner
  • Triage technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use appropriate terminology defined by the forensic science regulator and included in standard operating procedures.
  • Standard operating procedures for a range of digital forensic capture and preservation processes.
  • Apply standard methodology in a safe and effective way while working in operational environments.
  • Demonstrate confidentiality, integrity, and availability limitations of secure devices and best practice methods for preserving evidence.
  • Implement limitations of competency and authority and escalate when necessary.
  • Considered decision making.
  • Adhere to powers of seizure/examinations and legislation. Demonstrate compliance with this through the appropriate use of standard forms.
  • Adopt communication methods suitable for audience. Using technical language where appropriate.
  • Identify, set up and use a range hardware components and devices.
  • Demonstrate correct use of write blocking techniques.
  • Manage applications software relevant to the role.
  • Show an ability to troubleshoot real-world device and network issues effectively and diagnosing and correcting common software, hardware, or connectivity problems.
  • Use features and functions of common specialist digital forensic tools and software. Selecting based on suitability.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of data management.
  • Provide preservation advice for physical evidence (DNA, fingerprints) for new digital exhibits, taking into account anticontamination and cross contamination.
  • Apply continuity of evidence and appropriate recording of a chain of evidence or an exhibit for disclosure purposes.
  • Produce notes documenting activity undertaken during the capture and preservation processes; including the appropriate use of digital evidence/case management systems.
  • Produce evidential continuity witness statements and demonstrate how to present in a courtroom or professional enquiry
  • Navigate and inform a quality management system information associated with reporting, corrective action, validation, verification, individual competency and peer review.
  • Conducting dynamic risk assessments, taking into account the safety of all parties and using PPE.
  • Apply strategies to develop personal resilience and maintain welling, know how to access organisational support mechanisms.
  • Process technical information effectively and accurately to provide critical thinking to issues and problems.

Full information on Digital forensic technician (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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