On the inaugural session of our Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (GDPR) training course in Cambridge a few weeks ago, a delegate from a well-known UK financial services company asked:
“I have just come on the course to understand how the GDPR works. Why do I need to also sit an exam and achieve a qualification?”
While we trust that this Foundation course did provide a comprehensive introduction to the GDPR as promised, we make no apology for including an examination and, for those who pass the exam, awarding a unique GDPR qualification.
The first GDPR qualifications in Europe
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (EU GDPR F) and Practitioner (EU GDPR P) certificates are the first GDPR qualifications available in Europe. In common with our ISO 27001 training programme, they are the product of our continued partnership with the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications (IBITGQ), whose qualifications are certified by gasq, which is fully accredited to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard. They also reinforce our long-held view that the most valuable IT qualifications are those awarded by independent, international and accredited examination bodies.
GDPR professionals will be in demand
Given that the GDPR applies to virtually every organisation in the UK, it goes without saying that qualified GDPR individuals will be much in demand for a considerable period of time. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the GDPR will not be important in this post-Brexit ‘new business world’. Until the UK invokes Article 50, the country is still in the EU and must fully comply with its laws until the Brexit negotiations and processes have been completed. Even at that point, it is very likely that our data protection laws will be based on the new GDPR requirements.
The demand for qualified staff will particularly focus on the requirement for a data protection officer (DPO). Under the GDPR, DPOs will be mandatory for controllers and processors in the public sector, and for those with ‘big data’ processing activities. This will be a challenging role to fulfil, given the breadth of knowledge required to manage IT systems, and the requisite familiarity with the legal aspects of the GDPR.
To ensure that you add GDPR knowledge and qualifications to your CV, I can recommend attending the EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (EU GDPR F) and Practitioner (EU GDPR P) training courses. They are available in classroom sessions running in London, Cambridge and Manchester, as well as in our unique Live Online format that can save you the time and cost of attending a classroom course.