BCS PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE IN DATA PROTECTION
The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is aimed at current Data Protection professionals or those that wish to achieve and demonstrate a broad understanding of the law.
Delegates will gain a broader and deeper understanding of current laws, including the EU-GDPR, UK-GDPR (although not currently included within the exam) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, and how they need to be applied in your organisation.
It is ideal for those candidates who already hold the Foundation Certificate in Data Protection and who want to gain a more in-depth knowledge of interpreting and applying the principles of data protection legislation and the GDPR.
Useful Course Information
Please note that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic all our courses will now be held virtually (or otherwise agreed). All of our courses are tutor-led by experienced data protection professionals.
You will need access to Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) throughout the course. All courses will commence at 9 am and will finish at 4.30 pm. Breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. If you need to attend a meeting during the day, please discuss this with the trainer so they can tie this into allocated breaks.
You will be sent (via email) a link to the Microsoft Team 2 – 3 weeks prior to the course. Please ensure that you are able to access this before the course commences.
All of our courses have a maximum of 12 delegates.
All BCS Courses Include:
- Paperback BCS Data Protection and Compliance book released in November 2021 (sent to your home address prior to the course).
- 12-month BCS Professional membership.
- Printed course materials including sample papers.
- BCS exam (to be taken when convenient to you).
- Support for 1-month post-course on data protection related matters.
- Over 30 useful tools, templates, audits, policies and more for you to use within your organisation.
- Sample papers to help you revise.
- An innovative risk model designed for you to assess data protection risks in your organisation.
- Opportunity to network with other data protection professionals.
BCS Exam Information
The DPAS Training Manager will set you up on the dedicated BCS portal which is where you will book your exam. To access this you will be sent a one time link to the portal to book your exam.
You can take your exam at any time that suits you, there is no time limit on when you sit the exam. However, you will need to ensure that you are following the updated syllabus if you take it 6 months after the course.
The exam itself is held via remote proctor (essentially, someone watches you complete the exam). You can do this at any location convenient to you. You will use your own device for the exam. The exam is a 90 minute closed book exam. The pass rate is 26/40 (65%).
If you have a disability or English is not your foreign language you may be entitled to extra time, further information can be found here.
- Gain an understanding of the key changes and the associated implications that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 introduce to data protection.
- Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act, particularly the need for effective record keeping.
- Be able to apply the new rights available to data subjects and understand the implications of those rights.
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the designation, position and role / tasks of a data protection officer.
- Be able to prepare organisations to manage and handle personal data in compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act.
Please note: This certification is being refreshed in line with legislative updates up to 31 October 2021.
These changes will be implemented in exams sat with a training provider from 31 January 2022.
Any legislative changes between 1 November 2021 and 30 April 2022 will be reflected in the new version due to be released in July 2022.
Who Is The Course 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.
This qualification is likely to be of particular benefit to those working in the following areas:
- Data Protection and Privacy
- Information Governance, risk and compliance
- Data Management
- Project Management
- Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities
- Legal and procurement
- Marketing and Sales professionals
- Information Security and IT
- Human Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any entry requirements to the course?
- 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 comes next after the Practitioner Course in Data Protection?
- If you are acting as a Data Protection Officer, we would also recommend you do our 2-day CPD accredited ‘The Effective DPO’ course.
- How long does the course take?
- Our course runs for 4 days (9 am-4.30 pm)
- Can I just sit the exam rather than do the course?
- We can certainly do this for you, just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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