Who is it for?

  • Anyone who needs to understand data protection and GDPR in particular.

Entry requirements

  • None. Some knowledge of data protection law would be an advantage to the candidate, as well as basic working knowledge of IT and GDPR.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in data protection.
  • Gain an understanding of the key changes that the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018) bring to data protection.
  • Gain an understanding of the new rights available to data subjects and the implications of those rights with the GDPR and Data Protection Act (2018).
  • Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018), particularly the need for effectiveness record keeping.
  • Gain an understanding of the increased obligations faced by data controllers and data processors as a result of the GDPR coming into force and the Data Protection Act (2018) being enacted.
  • Be better placed to support their organisation in processing customer data in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).

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

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

Please note: This certification is being refreshed in line with legislative updates in this space as of 30 April 2021.

View the changes to the syllabus (PDF)

These changes will be implemented in exams sat with a training provider from 31 July 2021. Exams sat with Pearson Vue will be on the updated syllabus from 1 September 2021.

Any legislative changes between 1 May and 31 October 2021 will be reflected in the new version due to be released in January 2022.

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 three 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 have a good understanding of data protection.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Pearson Vue test centre across the world.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £192 (£160 + VAT).

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’ examination with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 26/40 (65%)

Download the specimen paper (PDF)

What's next

Practitioner level certifications

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