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

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

SKU: 5003

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.


Two days

UK locations:

London, Birmingham and Manchester


The Data Protection Officer Provisional-level certificate recognises individuals entering the DPO profession. Exam included in course.

Advancement to Professional-level (C-DPO P) certification is subject to appropriate evidence of DPO work experience and CPD learning hours.


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

How to Book:

Simply book online to receive your booking confirmation and full joining instructions within 48 hours. We accept purchase orders from local authorities, government departments and other public-sector organisations, and will consider account facilities for large corporate customers. See our payment options page for details.

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Price: £950.00
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call to book via purchase order


The two-day Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Upgrade 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.

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.

Please note that you must have passed the certified EU GDPR Foundation and Practitioner exams before you can attend this course.

DPO certification and training programme

Aligned with regulatory, organisational and professional development needs, the DPO certification programme is an ISO 17024-certificated IBITGQ qualification. Our DPO training programme consists of two qualification levels:

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 (shortly available). Certification is valid for three years with recertification subject to a minimum of 12 months’ DPO work experience and 60 CPD learning hours.

What will you learn on this course?

  • Understand the GDPR’s intersection with the PECR, with freedom of information legislation, the Law Enforcement Directive and member state implementation
  • Understand the requirements in respect of appointing a DPO, the requirements placed on the DPO, and those placed on the controller or processor
  • Understand how to achieve, monitor, maintain and demonstrate privacy compliance
  • Understand the roles of controllers and processors, and the relationship and required contracts between them
  • Understand the Article 12 general conditions in respect of data subjects’ rights and how to facilitate them
  • Understand how to conduct a GDPR gap analysis

C-DPO Exam

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.

Please note that all IBITGQ exams are now online exams, so you will need to bring a ‘pop-up enabled’ laptop/tablet to the venue. Full details on how to access the exam will be provided by email 1–2 days before sitting the exam.

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