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Data Protection

Practitioner Certificate

This certificate will broaden your understanding of the law and its practical application. It incorporates the latest changes and updates outlined in the Data Protection Act of 1998 and the way it works with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has a degree of (but not overall) responsibility for data protection within an organisation. It is also useful for other who want to broaden their understanding of this area.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no mandatory requirements for this exam. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates attend an accredited training course, are familiar with the syllabus and any recommended reading outlined in the syllabus. Candidates will need to gain a pass rate of at least 50% in order to pass the exam.

What format is the exam?

  • A three hour scenario based, ‘closed book’ written exam:
    - Part A: 20 multiple choice questions (1 mark each)
    - Part B: 8 short answer questions (5 marks each)
    - Part C: 6 essay style questions - answer 4 questions (10 marks each)
  • Pass mark is 50% (50/100); distinction mark is 80% (80/100)

Where can I take the exam?

Option 1: With an accredited training provider

Option 2: At a public sitting:

Venue: BCS London Office
Price: £175 (ex VAT)
Register: Book now

Where can I read more?

You can read more in the syllabus, and test your learning with this sample paper.

What can I do next?

You can work towards other Practitioner level certifications. If you work or are considering working in an Information Assurance role, there is the CESG Certified Professional scheme.