AI for data protection practitioners


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with the ai for data protection practitioners Course

Do you want to understand the basics of AI and machine learning? Are you unsure about how humans and machines can work together, and concerned about the risks?

If so, then take this course.

Our bespoke ‘AI for Data Protection Practitioners’ course has been designed based on the British Computer Society (BCS: the Institute of IT) Essentials of AI training with the addition of core data protection modules. The course can be tailored to meet your needs and can be delivered at any time, in a variety of formats. The course structure is flexible, but as a minimum, students should have at least 16 hours face-to-face tutor led teaching, with additional student research, group and self-learning. This is developed through hybrid teaching, group work and research.  

The course can be delivered face-to-face, virtually, or hybrid – depending on your organisation’s requirements.  Our course tutor, Nigel Gooding, a qualified university lecturer, will amend the learning to suit the student’s and client’s needs.  

Nigel is an experienced data protection professional, a DPO to many national and international organisations, and an experienced tutor – having trained hundreds of data protection professionals.  Nigel holds a Master of Laws in Information Rights Law and Practice, a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Data Protection and Information Governance, and is a qualified teacher of adults.  Nigel also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Nigel also holds IAPP membership, an IAPP CIPP/E certification and is a BCS Data Protection Practitioner.  Nigel is also a fellow of the Institute of IT and a graduate of Oxford Said Business School Artificial Intelligence programme.

course content

module ONE - Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction and History

module TWO - Examples of AI: Benefits, Challenges, and Risks

module THREE - An Introduction to Machine Learning

module four - An Introduction to Large Language Models Prompt Design

module five - Identifying the main data privacy risks and delivering mitigation in Machine Learning

module six - The Future of Artificial Intelligence – Human and Machine Together

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Learning Outcomes

Understand the key terms used in AI incorporating machine learning.

Identify the three different machine learning processes.

Understand how a machine learning algorithm provides an outcome.

Apply knowledge and expertise to support the risk assessment process in implementation and delivery, particularly during the Data Protection Impact Assessment stage and during operational delivery of AI outcomes.

Understand the challenges associated with LLM prompt design.

Identify and be able to provide informed mitigation to data privacy risks that exist in artificial intelligence approaches and techniques.

What's Included?

We’ll provide you with one of our highly skilled live trainers for the duration of the course. These experts currently work as DPOs or consultants, so can train you using real examples from their experience in the industry, ensuring the course is practical and reliable. 

We don’t just deliver courses, and leave you to it. We provide you access to our online portal – which contains dozens of useful tools, templates, audits, policies, and more – all available for you to use within your organisation.

Though our courses are virtual, you’ll still be fully involved by participating in breakout sessions, asking questions, and sharing your experiences. You can receive valuable advice from peers in the industry, network with other delegates, and make worthwhile connections.  

Our trainers are here to help you. We will provide you with mentor support for one month after the course, to assist with any queries or issues you may have.  

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Upcoming courses and prices

  • 5 December
    2 days
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    Session 1
    Tue 05 Dec 09:00 - Tue 05 Dec 16:00
    Session 2
    Wed 06 Dec 09:00 - Wed 06 Dec 16:00
    • £500.00 excl. VAT
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  • 7 February
    2 days
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    Session 1
    Wed 07 Feb 09:00 - Wed 07 Feb 16:00
    Session 2
    Thu 08 Feb 09:00 - Thu 08 Feb 16:00
    • £695.00 excl. VAT
  • 26 March
    2 days
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    Session 1
    Tue 26 Mar 09:00 - Tue 26 Mar 16:00
    Session 2
    Wed 27 Mar 09:00 - Wed 27 Mar 16:00
    • £695.00 excl. VAT

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who should take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at DPOs and data protection professionals whose job performance would be enhanced with the increased understanding of artificial intelligence and the risks it poses to data privacy.

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

Exam Information

In addition to the course, there is the option to take the BCS Essentials in Artificial Intelligence exam at an additional cost. If you wish to take the exam, liaise with the DPAS Training Manager who will set you up on the dedicated BCS portal, where you will book your exam. We’ll send you a one-time link for this.

You can take your exam at any time that suits you. It’s worth noting, however, that you will need to acquaint yourself with the updated syllabus if you decide to take the exam six months after the course or later.

  • The exam is held via remote proctor (someone who will watch you complete it).
  • You can do this at any location convenient to you.
  • You will use your own device for the exam.
  • The exam is a 30-minute closed-book exam.

If you have a disability, or English is not your first language, you may be entitled to extra time. Further information can be found here.

useful course information

All of our courses are held virtually (unless otherwise stated).

All 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 9:00am and will finish at 4:00pm.

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 a link – via email  to the Microsoft Teams meeting two to three weeks prior to the course. (Please ensure that you are able to access this before the course commences.)

All courses have a maximum of 12 delegates.

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Easy to understand data privacy and information security services that are always accessable, consistenty pragmatic and continually exceeding expectations.

With a DPAS course, you’re guaranteed an expert trainer, who is not only well known in the industry, but has years of hands-on data protection experience under their belt.

Our training programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by either The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) or Continual Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. An accredited course will look better on your CV. 

If you want to speak to clients who have experienced our range of training courses, then get in touch. We are always happy to pass on contact details of our customers – with their consent, of course!

When you train with us, you receive access to free tools, templates, policies, and more – which you can use in your organisation. We also offer one month of support after the courses to ensure your questions are answered and that you’re confident going forward.

If you want us to train your staff virtually we can! Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more interactive approach, we can come to your place of work. We will always try and fit in with you and will be more than happy to discuss options.

We can offer bespoke training created for your organisation. For example, we can simulate a cyber attack for your Senior Managers to see how they would react to a real life threat, best preparing them for those situations should they ever arise.