This course is now available at £1,800 + vat per person. Discounts are available for multiple bookings from the same organisation.
Location: Online tutor led course
1st, 2nd & 3rd December 2020
8th & 9th December 2020
In addition to the 5 days of interactive or onsite training & exam, we also give you access to added-value products and services that allow you to start or continue your work within Data Protection:
There is a 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.
Those experienced in freedom of information issues, as well as those new to the subject, require adequate training in order that their organisations are confident legal compliance is continually addressed. It is necessary to identify issues requiring expert freedom of information advice in good time in order that organisational reputation and credibility is enhanced through relevant information management policies and procedures.
The BCS Certificate in Freedom of Information provides a qualification that demonstrates a level of practical competence and knowledge obtained by those responsible for dealing with freedom of information within an organisation.
The course takes 5 days to complete. The course will be held virtually or in a classroom.
There will be 3 hour exam on day 5 of the training course. Candidates will be entitled to an additional 45 minutes if they are sitting the examination in a language that is not their native language. The exam format is 20% multiple choice; 40% short bullet point answers; 50% discursive essays.
Exams will either be online or paper based, depending on which option is chosen. The cost of the exam is included within the course.
All candidates will be required to have access to their own laptop.
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:
The Certificate in Freedom of Information is targeted at Information Managers, FOI practitioners, information governance leads, Data Protection Officers, Solicitors advising on information law issues, Press Officers and all those who have responsibility for managing and responding to requests for information from the public. It is also targeted at those private sector organisations that are either affected directly by freedom of information and environmental information legislation or indirectly by their contractual relationship with a public authority.
This qualification is likely to be of particular benefit to those working in the following areas: