Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

 

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection ("PC.dp.") is the practical qualification for those that work in the fields of data protection and privacy. It is fully up to date with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Successful completion of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme demonstrates to employers and others that the candidate possesses a solid knowledge of data protection law, as well as an understanding of the practical implications for organisations of the GDPR.

 

The Programme

Individuals wishing to gain the qualification must complete the three elements of the Programme:

  • 5 days face-to-face teaching
  • study of course materials
  • the Examination - held each June and December in Dublin

The tuition section of the Programme requires candidates to attend four one-day Compulsory Courses and one one-day Elective Course.

An exemption from the requirement to attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1 is available to candidates who already possess a sufficient level of knowledge of the basics of data protection.  Candidates wishing to apply for the exemption must submit a letter signed by their current or previous employer stating that they have worked in the field of data protection for at least two years.

 

Practitioner Certificate in Data ProtectionExam Dates

The next dates for the Examination in Dublin are as follows:

  • Friday, 16th June 2017
  • Friday, 8th December 2017
  • Friday, 15th June 2018
  • Friday, 7th December 2018

 

The Fee

€2,795 (fully inclusive of tuition, materials & the Examination). A reduced fee of €2,495 will apply for candidates that are exempt from attending Data Protection Essential Knowledge-Level-1.

Candidates who have already attended any of the Compulsory or Elective courses are not required to attend them again - a discount of €300 per course already attended will be applied to the Programme fee.

 

Syllabus and Examination Board

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner was consulted on the design of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Syllabus

Details of the Examination Board

 

Register of Qualified Data Protection Practitioners

The online register of those who have gained the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection can be viewed here.

 

Advantages of the Programme

Some advantages of the Programme are the following:

  • Flexibility – courses take place several times each year, so you can attend them at a pace that suits you. At least once per year, all courses take place on consecutive days in the same week in Dublin.
  • Unparalleled expertise – all PDP trainers are the leading experts in data protection law
  • Comprehensive materials – each candidate receives a set of high quality materials for each session, plus past exam papers and suggested model answers
  • Qualification for life – there is no requirement for ongoing training to maintain the qualification
  • Available in-house – the courses can be provided to you at your premises (minimum 5 candidates)

 

CPD

The Institute of Banking, the LIA and the Insurance Institute of Ireland award CPD hours for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

 

Further Information

If you have a query about the Programme, please:

  • Download the qualification brochure
  • visit the FAQs page
  • telephone PDP at +353 (0)1 657 1479
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Application

Applications for the Programme can be made by

 

CPD

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection can be used to qualify for 25 CPD hours.

 

Dates for Upcoming Courses

  Compulsory Courses
Candidates must attend all 4 courses shown in the table below (click on the links to see the course descriptions which open in a new window)

Compulsory Courses City Date
Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1
DublinMon 04 Sep 2017
DublinMon 20 Nov 2017
Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 2
DublinTue 05 Sep 2017
DublinTue 21 Nov 2017
Handling Access Requests
DublinThu 07 Sep 2017
DublinThu 23 Nov 2017
Data Security
DublinWed 06 Sep 2017
DublinWed 22 Nov 2017


Elective Courses
Candidates must choose 1 of the courses shown in the table below (click on the links to see the course descriptions which open in a new window)

Elective Course City Date
Data Protection in the Workplace
DublinFri 08 Sep 2017
DublinFri 24 Nov 2017
International Data Transfers - Overcoming the Limitations
DublinFri 24 Nov 2017
Conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments
DublinFri 24 Nov 2017


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"The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is an invaluable course in providing the knowledge and ultimately the credibility to engage my clients in all matters pertaining to information management and governance."

Stephen McGrath
Operations Governance Manager at Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

 

“I strongly recommend participation on the PDP Data Practitioner course.  In a time when privacy rights and insurance claims are hot topics, it is vital that companies remain up to date with what they can and cannot do, with what the they must and must not do in order to protect themselves and their employees.  PDP absolutely provides expertise in a clear and concise manner.”

Sean Ryan
Plant Engineer and Security Manager at Castolin Eutectic Ireland

 

"The work involved in getting the qualification - attending the programme course and preparing for the exam - results in a strong level of knowledge of data protection law and practice."

Lisa Sexton
Director of Risk and Quality at PwC

 

“I was delighted to have been given the opportunity by Fónua to attend the courses offered by PDP and even happier to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I feel this qualification has equipped me with the knowledge and confidence I require to advise both my organisation and customers on our obligations under the Data Protection Acts.”

Bríd O'Connor
Quality and Environmental Manager at Fónua

 

“This was a very challenging programme delivered in an informative and interesting manner. The content encouraged me to critically appraise my day to day processes and I feel it has equipped me excellently to ensure compliance and safeguard the data entrusted to us. ”

Gráinne Dardis
Payroll Manager at Virgin Media

 

“The course material was comprehensive and challenging, particularly in the area of International Data Transfers. In this regard, the qualification is extremely useful and provides me with the confidence to deal with such issues. In addition, the modules are delivered by highly qualified, industry professionals."

Stephen Laffan
Information Governance & Data Protection Manager at Espion


“As a security professional I found the 5 courses to be invaluable in dealing with data protection issues in my work . The data protection area can be a minefield when starting out and I found the trainers and course material were excellent at explaining how to apply this newly learned knowledge to everyday situations."

Joanne Ness
IT Security and PCI Manager at Easytrip


“The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is an invaluable course for those practising in the area of data protection as the course is given by those with practical in-depth experience of data protection law and its application.”

Olive McDaid
Senior Lawyer at KPMG


“The importance of data protection is constantly increasing and companies need to be prepared for the challenges this brings. Having the certified data protection practitioner qualification provides assurances for both staff and service users.”

Michelle White
Quality Officer at Sims IVF

 

"I am delighted to pass the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. It will be good to be seen as an expert in my field, and wear a badge of professionalism. This will enhance my credibility and status with customers, fellow privacy professionals and people I deal with on a daily basis.

Róisín Barton-Murray
Project Manager at National Roads Authority

 

“I found the course Presenters and materials to be extremely good in providing an in-depth understanding of Data Protection Law and also in providing practical guidance on how to run a Data Protection Programme. I believe this Professional Certification allows Organisations to demonstrate that they are working to the highest established standards in this complex and increasingly critical field”

Frank O’Reilly
Data Protection Manager at Bord Gáis Eireann


“I found the course very useful for consolidating my Data Protection knowledge. I am delighted to have passed what was a relatively tough exam.  In the changing landscape of education, protection of Personal Data is becoming more and more important and a good level of knowledge is essential”

Fiona Nugent
HR Officer at Co Monaghan VEC


“As a Director of Corporate Services in a large Regulatory Body, Data Protection is a vital consideration in all transactions relating to the Public, Registrants and Staff.  The Practitioner Certificate course in Data Protection from PDP provided a comprehensive and detailed insight into the current Data Protection Acts and the impending introduction of the EU Regulation”

Peter Dennehy
Director of Corporate Services at An Bord Altranais


“I came away from this course with a greater confidence in interpreting the various requirements of the Acts and with a greater understanding of how these requirements could be applied in practice.  I enjoyed the interaction and sharing of experiences with fellow participants and I was encouraged to find how we all faced similar challenges in meeting our obligations to the Acts.  This course provided me with the knowledge to meet these obligations”

Andrew Kirwan
Audit & Compliance Manager at Sanef ITS Operations Ireland Ltd

 

“The course was given by those with practical experience in the field of data protection and as such having successfully completed the Data Protection Practitioner Qualification I feel I have a good grounding in the everyday practicalities of dealing with data protection issues. I am delighted to have passed the examination, and I now feel much more qualified to work in this field.”

Judith Hills
Legal Associate at Gilead

 

“I came away from this course with a greater confidence in interpreting the various requirements of the Acts and with a greater understanding of how these requirements could be applied in practice.  I enjoyed the interaction and sharing of experiences with fellow participants and I was encouraged to find how we all faced similar challenges in meeting our obligations to the Acts.  This course provided me with the knowledge to meet these obligations”

Andrew Kirwan
Audit & Compliance Manager at Sanef ITS Operations Ireland Ltd

 

“With the impending European data protection reforms, now more than ever it’s important to differentiate yourself from the crowd. I’m delighted to have passed both for my own sake but also that of the organisation where it demonstrates the value we place on dealing with our responsibilities to the highest professional standards.”

David Parker
Privacy Manager Europe at Crawford & Company

 

“I found this to be an enjoyable and challenging course, tailored to those who seek an industry recognised qualification in a field which has previously held limited options and delivered by credible professionals who are well respected as subject matter experts in the field of privacy and information rights.”

Rich Brameld
Data Protection and Compliance Manager at RWE npower

 

"I am extremely proud and pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I found the courses and the exam thought provoking, and it has made me realise that Data Protection is a much bigger subject than I envisaged. I now feel confident having a recognised qualification under my belt.”

Emma Drew
Data Protection Analyst at Canada Life

 

“The PDP programme provided a comprehensive approach to managing data protection from a business perspective. Programme delivery by DP experts and their examples of the practical application of the DP Acts provided me with an in-depth understanding of Data Protection.”

Denise Kennedy
Operations Governance Manager at Department of Public Expenditure and Reform