This course is an online course lasting 5 days. The exam will be online via remote proctor, completed after the course at a suitable time for you.

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The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information will teach delegates how to understand and instill robust information practices, based on the FOI Act 2000, and the implications the act poses to your organisation. 

The qualification demonstrates a level of practical competence and knowledge obtained by those responsible for dealing with freedom of information within an organisation.

There is a huge need to provide adequate training on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and its implications for public and private sector organisations, as well as to individuals. The Act contains requirements for the publication of information held by, or held on behalf of, public authorities. These requirements include the publication and maintenance of publication schemes, the need to respond to requests for information and disclose information requested subject to the appropriate application of legal exemptions.


Course Content

The aim of the syllabus is to promote an understanding of how freedom of information works in practice and to enable the practitioner to gain the skills necessary for analysing and managing freedom of information requests in accordance with the law. The syllabus places compliance with the Act in the context of good information practices within the organisation. On attaining the Certificate, award holders will possess: 

  • How specific exemptions might apply to requests for information including the application of the public interest test 

  • A clear and balanced approach to applying legal judgements in accordance with the law and relevant case law.  

  • Implementation of internal management procedures to support freedom of information and environmental information legislation.  

  • Knowledge of the definition of the Act and how it interacts with related legislation, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, UK-GDPR, EU-GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

  • Development of internal procedures to support your authority’s compliance with the FOI Act including those relating to internal reviews. 

  • How to apply the legislation in a practical setting relevant to your work.  

  • How to prepare clear advice to colleagues as well as the public.

You can download the syllabus on the BCS website by clicking here:

What's Included:

  • 5 day interactive course with experienced trainer

  • All course materials online, and printed and posted if required

  • DPAS folder, pad and pen 

  • Exam 

  • Lunch and refreshments (if classroom based) 

  • Template documents to take away

Course Format

The course takes 5 days to complete and will be held virtually.  

You will need access to Microsoft Teams and OneDrive throughout the course. All documents will be shared via OneDrive and sessions will be held via Teams.

The course will start at 9:00 am and finish at 4:30 pm.

The BCS exam is included within the cost of the course. 



Our course is great for

This qualification is primarily aimed at those who are managing or responding to requests for information from the public or working in this subject area, for instance Information Managers.

This qualification is likely to be of particular benefit to those working in the following areas:

  • Solicitors advising on Information Law issues
  • Data Protection Officers
  • FOI Practitioners
  • Information Governance Leads
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Information Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities
  • Legal and procurement