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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

For experienced Data Protection professionals, and those candidates that want to build on the BCS Foundation Certificate, you can gain a broader and deeper understanding of current laws, including the EU GDPR, UK GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, and how they need to be applied in your organisation.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who has some existing responsibility for data protection within their organisation.

  • It’s also useful for those who want to broaden their basic understanding in this area and fully understand the practical applications of data protection laws.

  • Whilst this certificate is written to the UK Data Protection Act

  • many other jurisdictions have enacted broadly similar data protection laws

  • so international candidates may also find this useful.

Entry requirements

  • It's ideal if you hold the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection though this is not mandatory.

  • We strongly recommended that candidates attend an accredited training course and are fully familiar with GDPR and the syllabus and any recommended reading outlined in the syllabus.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to complete the following beforehand:

  • Key changes that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act introduce to data protection

  • Responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

  • Apply the new rights available to data subjects

  • Understand the designation position and role / tasks of a data protection officer

  • Handle personal data in compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act.

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 usually last between three and five days dependent on training provider.

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.

Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about data protection.

How long will it take?

It usually takes between 20 to 40 hours dependent on experience.

Where do I sit my exam?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Guide price: £228 (£190 + VAT)

What format is the exam?

  • A 90 minute closed book digital 40 question multi-choice exam

  • Pass mark is 65%