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Freedom of Information

Practitioner Certificate

Based on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) you will understand the context of good information practices and its implications to public and private sector organisations, as well as to individuals.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone working in this subject area, such as information managers, FOI practitioners, information governance, data protection officers, solicitors advising on information law issues and press officers. It would also be useful for anyone managing or responding to requests for information from the public.

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: 10 multiple choice questions (1 mark each)
    - Part B: 8 compulsory short narrative questions (5 marks each)
    - Part C: 6 questions - a compulsory case study (20 marks each) plus two other essay questions (15 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 (exam only):
Guide price: £222 (£185 + VAT) based on UK RRP

Venue: BCS London Office
Register: To book this exam please contact us online or call +44 (0) 1793 417655

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 a cyber security/Information Assurance role, there is the CCP Scheme.

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