Whether or not someone can become a CEH depends on the individual's qualifications and their ability to pass a screening process. Those who seek employment as a CEH must pass a $250 computer-based test given by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).
Preparation can be through independent study or by attending an Accredited Training Center (ATC). Those who elect independent study must have a minimum of two years of documented IT experience. The other option requires the same amount of experience and involves 67 modules of coursework designed by the EC-Council and delivered by an ATC. Each module is between 30 minutes and 5 hours in length. Why have an experience requirement? The experience requirement is to weed out any individuals that may have the wrong intentions or the tech-savvy "IT professional wannabes." In addition, to further the credibility of the program in general, an individual that is certified as a CEH must sign a written code of ethics and abide by all laws.