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Data Protection

What qualification or course do I need to become a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

You don’t need any qualification or course to become a Data Protection Officer in the UK although the legislation refers to “expert knowledge of data protection law and practices”.  The knowledge you need is likely to depend upon the organisation you are working in.  A good starting point would be either the Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance or the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

What is the difference between the BCS data protection certificate and other courses you offer?

Tkm offers data protection qualifications that are approved and certificated by the SQA and BCS qualifications.  The key difference between the two is that the SQA approved qualifications have a more practical focus and include sessions on information governance compared to the BCS qualifications that focus solely on UK data protection legislation.

How long is the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection?

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is 5 days long, usually delivered online over 3 weeks.  We normally recommend you sit your assessment approximately 4 weeks after the course has been delivered.  The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is 3 days.

Does the price of the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection include the assessment?

Yes, the prices of Tkm’s courses all include any assessments as well as course materials.  For the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection, the price also includes a one-to-one revision session.

How do I become a certified data protection officer DPO?

In the UK, there is no standard or recognised certification specifically for a Data Protection Officer (DPO).  Tkm offers a number of certificated data protection qualifications although these do not certify you as a DPO.

What data protection training do you offer?

Tkm offers a range of data protection courses, some of which are qualifications and certificated.  Others are recognised by our FYI badge scheme.  We also offer data protection training that is customised for your organisation if you are looking for in house training.

What different BCS data protection courses are available?

The BCS offers two courses in data protection.  The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is 3 days long and is suitable for those looking for a basic understanding in the key areas of data protection legislation.  The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is 5 days long and suitable for those who are in the role of Data Protection Officer (DPO) or are responsible for advising organisations on data protection related matters.

Where in the UK do you offer data protection training?

Tkm currently offers all data protection training online.  Face to face sessions are available for in house sessions

How long will my data protection certification last?

Data protection qualifications offered by Tkm do not expire although it is important to keep your knowledge up to date and regularly participate in continuous professional development (CPD) activities, particularly if you are a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as there is a legal requirement to maintain your knowledge.  Tkm offers courses in assessing and managing risk for data protection, conducting data protection impact assessments, and auditing data protection compliance.  We also have a range of information governance courses that are suitable for DPO CPD including the BCS Foundation Certificate in Information Security Management Principles.


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