How to become a certified DPO

The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires certain organisations to appoint a DPO (data protection officer) to help them comply with the Regulation. However, a shortage of DPOs means many organisations are appointing staff to act as DPOs without the proper level of expertise, experience or qualifications. The GDPR stipulates that DPOs should have appropriate experience and qualifications to fulfil the role.

IT Governance has launched a new certification programme designed to give inexperienced DPOs a qualification that enables them to prove a level of expertise needed to perform the role. Designed to reflect the emerging requirements for DPO qualifications from Ireland, Spain and France, the course qualification is certified by IBITGQ. It allows experienced DPOs to take the course exam, proving their knowledge to potential employers, and is perfect for aspiring DPOs looking for a career change.

Three options

Inexperienced DPOs who have passed the IT Governance GDPR Foundation training course can attend the four-day Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Masterclass Training Course before sitting a comprehensive exam.

DPOs who have passed the GDPR Foundation and Practitioner training courses can attend the two-day Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Upgrade Training Course before sitting the exam.

DPOs with two years’ experience can skip the training step and simply sit the exam.

If the exam is passed, the DPO will be certified by IT Governance for two years, with the option of renewing their certification thereafter. The DPO must demonstrate at least one year of further DPO experience to be able to recertify.

Book today

The C-DPO Masterclass training course and C-DPO Upgrade training course are now available to book in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with other locations being added soon.