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Data Protection

Practitioner Certificate

This certificate is designed for candidates with some existing data protection responsibilities, wishing to gain a broader understanding of current laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill. This will include how these are applied in practice and the importance for any organisation that holds personal information.

Candidates will already have a sound grounding in the key elements of data protection law and its practical application. The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection will also position candidates to go on to develop a detailed understanding of the law, beyond that which is covered in this syllabus.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has a degree of (but not overall) responsibility for data protection within an organisation will benefit. It is also useful for others who want to broaden their basic understanding of this area and fully understand the practical application of UK Data Protection laws.

What are the entry requirements?

It is ideal for anyone who already holds the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection, although this is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates attend an accredited training course, are familiar with GDPR and the syllabus and any recommended reading outlined in the syllabus. Candidates will need to gain a pass rate of at least 65% in order to pass the exam.

What format is the exam?

  • A two hour ‘closed book’ written exam, comprising:
    - Part A: 20 simple multiple-choice questions (1 mark each)
                  20 complex multiple-choice questions (2 marks each)
    - Part B: 12 short answer questions (5 marks each)
  • Pass mark is 65% (78/120); Distinction pass mark is 80% (96/120)

Where can I take the exam?

Option 1: With an accredited training provider

Where can I read more?

You can read more in the new syllabus.

What can I do next?

You can also work towards other BCS Practitioner level certifications in other disciplines. If you work or are considering working in a cyber security / information assurance role, there is the CCP Scheme.

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