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Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Accelerated Training Course

Take Your Data Protection Knowledge To The Next Level


The two-day Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) training course is ideal for anyone looking to develop a career as a DPO or transitioning into the role. It builds on the GDPR Foundation and Practitioner qualifications to equip participants with the knowledge and operational skills to act as a DPO in the UK and to ensure that GDPR compliance is effectively designed, implemented and maintained.

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You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Included
2 Days
£1195Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Aligned with regulatory, organisational and professional development needs, the DPO certification programme consists of two qualification levels:

  • Foundation level – provides individuals with a certificate that recognises their entry into the DPO profession. Foundation level requires no previous DPO work experience, and is a knowledge-based exam following GDPR Foundation and Practitioner course attendance. The certificate is valid for two years with recertification subject to a minimum of 12 months’ DPO work experience and 35 CPD learning hours.Advancement to Professional-level certification is subject to a minimum of 24 months’ DPO work experience and 50 CPD learning hours.
  • Professional level – recognises professionals who have two or more years of DPO or data protection work experience. It is a knowledge-based exam where training course attendance is not a prerequisite. Certification is valid for three years with recertification subject to a minimum of 12 months’ DPO work experience and 60 CPD learning hours.


Delivered by an experienced data protection practitioner, this training course is built on the foundations of our extensive practical experience gained advising on GDPR compliance and delivering DPO services.

About the Course

  • The legal background to the GDPR and its intersection with the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations), freedom of information legislation, the Law Enforcement Directive and member state implementation approaches.
  • The requirements in respect to the appointment of a DPO, and the requirements placed on the DPO and on the controller or processor.
  • How to inform and advise controllers or processors of their GDPR obligations.
  • Key training skills, in order to better ‘inform and advise’.
  • How to monitor GDPR compliance.
  • The DPO role in relation to liaison with data subjects and the supervisory authorities.
  • The DPO’s role in awareness-raising and staff training.
  • All aspects of personal data processing.
  • The purpose of data inventories, data flow mapping and the records of processing required by Article 30.
  • The requirements around DSARs (data subject access requests) and the DPO’s role in facilitating them.
  • The DPO’s role in incident management and response, and in data breach reporting.
  • When and how to carry out a DPIA (data protection impact assessment).
  • The cross-border data processing requirements, particularly in relation to Cloud service providers

Who Should Attend

The Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation training course is designed for professionals who are:

  • Business Directors Or Managers Who Want To Understand How The Requirements Of The EU GDPR Will Affect Their Organisation
  • Privacy Managers
  • Data Protection Managers
  • Information Security Managers
  • IT Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Corporate Governance Managers
  • Risk & Compliance Managers
  • General Or Privacy Counsels
  • Finance, HR Or Marketing Managers
  • Individuals With A Basic Knowledge Of Data Protection Regulation & Practices

Materials Provided

The Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation training course includes:

  • Full Comprehensive Course Materials (PDF Files)
  • Highly Skilled & Knowledgeable Tutors
  • Certificate Of Attendance
  • EU GDPR Foundation Examination
  • Lunch & Refreshments

Organisational Benefits

  • Avoid Heavy Fines – Avoid The Loss Of Reputation Resulting From Data Breaches
  • Legal Compliance – Your Company Is Compliant With All The Requirements Laid Down By The Law Allows You To Avoid Unnecessary Fines And Legal Headaches
  • Better Business Management – The Data Protection Act Requires Better Management And Storage Of Information, This Can Generally Lead To Better Business Practices
  • Customer Security – It Will Instil Faith In The Minds Of Your Customers

Individual Benefits

This upgrade training course prepares individuals who have successfully completed the certified GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Foundation and Practitioner training courses to achieve DPO (data protection officer) certification.


All attendees must have passed the Certified EU GDPR Foundation and Certified EU GDPR Practitioner exams before attending this course.


There is currently no prereading assocaited with this course.

Exam Overview

Attendees take the C-DPO exam at the end of the course – a four-hour exam set by IBITGQ consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. There is no extra charge for this exam.

Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

The Foundation-level certificate is valid for two years. Renewal or advancement to Professional-level certification is subject to appropriate evidence of DPO work experience and CPD learning hours.


The Foundation-level Data Protection officer (C-DPO F) certificate recognises individuals entering the DPO profession.

Next Steps

The four-day Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Practitioner training course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to implement an effective compliance programme and fulfil the role of the Data Protection Office (DPO) under the EU GDPR.


The Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Upgrade Training course is part of our unique EU GDPR Learning Path, which also includes the Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Practitioner training course.

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