Core skills in mobile phone forensics

Acquire ​mobile ​telephone evidence in a forensically sound manner.

​Mobile ​telephone evidence can play a critical role in criminal investigations.

The extent to which this evidence can be relied upon in court depends upon that evidence having been acquired in a forensically sound manner by a competent individual.


This course is intended​ to provide new or existing mobile phone examiners with exposure to appropriate forensic tools and procedures.

It will also equip them with an understanding of how GSM/4G networks operate and relevant legislation in this area.


  • explain the relationship between, and impact of, relevant England and Wales legislation on the work of the mobile phone forensic examiner
  • understand a barrister's perspective on phone evidence
  • provide guidance on good practice in the seizure and handling of mobile phones
  • examine and obtain data from a media storage card
  • use appropriate tools and procedures to retrieve data from a GSM or 4G (U)SIM card and mobile phone handset in a forensically sound manner
  • identify and explain important telecoms components
  • explain common acronyms in everyday use in mobile phone communications

This course will include the use of the following tools:​

  • MicroSyste​mation
  • '.XRY'
  • Oxygen Phone Manager
  • Cel​lebrite

Methods of delivery

​Trainer-led theoretical inputs and practical scenario-based exercises.

The trainers will be;

  • College o​​f Policing trainers
  • estab​lished specialists in their fields
  • qualified​ barristers

Key details


As this is an entry-level course, attendees do not require previous experience or training in mobile phone examination. However, some exposure to a mobile phone forensics environment would be desirable.

Practitioner group

Staff who need to be able to retrieve data from mobile phone handsets and SIM cards in a forensically sound ma​nner.


Five days.

Accreditation notes:

​Written ​​assessment at the conclusion of course. Students attending this course will undertake a knowledge check. Certificates will be awarded to students who achieve the required standard.


Home Office forces (residential):

£1,840 (with the option of adding on an extra £71.50 (plus VAT) for pre-night accommodation) (Prices are valid from 1 October 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

Home Office forces (non-residential):

£1,534 (prices are valid from 1 October 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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