This certificate is being retired. The last date available to sit exams will be Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Who is it for?

  • This qualification is aimed at anyone who needs to have an advanced understanding of data protection and who have already passed the original BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - 2011 Syllabus, prior to January 2018, and who wishes to update their understanding of GDPR with the enactment of the UK Data Protection Act.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must hold the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (with a pass prior to 31 January 2018).

What will I learn?

By achieving the GDPR Update qualification, candidates will:

  • Update their recognised qualification in data protection.
  • Gain an understanding of the key changes and associated implications that the GDPR introduces for your organisation.
  • Be prepared for the GDPR changes that occurred with the enactment of the UK Data Protection Act in 2018.
  • Gain an understanding of the practical application of the new requirements of the GDPR and UK Data Protection Act 2018 associated with the role of the data protection officer (DPO), restrictions of data subject rights, data protection by design and by default and data breach notifications.

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download the latest syllabus (PDF)

How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last one and a half days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about data protection.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 20 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At the BCS London office. To book this exam please contact us online or call +44 (0) 1793 417655.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £90 (£75.00 + VAT)

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour written ‘closed book’ examination
  • Pass mark is 39/60 (65%)

Download the specimen paper (PDF)

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.