This professional certification will not be refreshed in January 2024; we plan to refresh following the DPDI Bill.

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)

Download the specimen paper (PDF)

Please note: This certification has been refreshed in line with legislative updates up to 30 April 2023.

Any legislative changes since 1st May 2023 will be reflected at the earliest opportunity following the passing of the DPDI Bill.

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.

Find a provider

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?

UK price: £192 (£160 + VAT).
International prices may vary by region, please check international pricing via our partner Pearson VUE.

Book your exam with Pearson VUE

What format is the exam?

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

What's next

Practitioner level certifications

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