Certified Data Protection Foundation and Practitioner

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This five-day comprehensive practitioner course with independent APMG exam, updated post BREXIT, will provide a practical guide to planning, implementing and maintaining compliance with Data Protection & GDPR Regulations.

Under EU and UK data protection regulations, the appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) is mandatory for controllers and processors in the public sector. The obligations for this challenging role will require insight into cyber threats, risks, data breach management, secure design and secure by default principles, privacy compliance and the legal spectrum of the DPA18 & the GDPRs.

This course is suitable for data protection officers, data protection practitioners, HR Professionals, compliance officers, auditors, IT & security Professionals.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

CPD points can be claimed for NCSC accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for NCSC accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).

Target Audience

This Data Protection Foundation & Practitioner course is primarily aimed at professionals working with IT, Risk, Security, Governance and Compliance roles across public and private sectors. It is also aimed at Marketing Professionals and Project Managers.

Learning Outcomes

Learn to address new privacy situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques, and rules learnt from the GDPR & UK GDPR Practitioner course.
  • Apply the implementation pathway for Data Protection & GDPR compliance
    • Data Protection Impact Assessments
    • Incident Response
    • Policy Frameworks
    • E-discovery and data auditing
    • Privacy by Design / Default
  • Identify the key differences between the Data Protection Act and the GDPRs
  • Understand the role of the data Protection Officer (DPO) and the new obligations
  • Develop a plan to address the challenges of developing a privacy programme across your organisation
  • Prepare for managing and reacting to a data breach both from a regulator and commercial perspective
  • Identify and understand the rights of data subjects, consent, data in the cloud and third parties
  • Model the enforcement aspects of the DPA18 & GDPRs to your organisation
Business Outcomes
  • Act in a more...responsible, ethical and well informed manner, to DPA18 & GDPR compliance issues and scenarios.
  • Adapt your communication style...to being one of a knowledgeable, capable Privacy Professional and or Practitioner.
  • Build effective working relationships....by being able to articulate and determine data protection & GDPR compliance issues, via the logical interpretation and application of the DPA18 and GDPR Articles and Recitals, to real world and hypothetical work/life scenarios.
Course Outline

Day 1 Data Protection & GDPR & Privacy Legislation
  • Module 1: Introduction to data protection & privacy
  • Module 2: Data Protection & GDPR Fundamentals & principles
  • Module 3: Data Protection & GDPR Rights of the data subject
  • Module 4: Data Protection & GDPR Controllers & processors
  • Module 5: Data Protection & GDPR Transfers of personal data to 3 rd countries or international organisations
  • Module 6: Data Protection & GDPR Remedies, liabilities & penalties
  • Module 7: Data Protection & GDPR Supervisory authorities, co-operation, specific situations
  • Module 8: Summary of changes
Day 2: Information Governance, Risk Management & Security

Module 1: Information Governance, management, assurance & accreditation
  • Outline the importance of governance and having some kind of assurance & accreditation program in place if appropriate
  • Cover different approaches to governance e.g. ISO27001 and NIST
  • Cover the importance of information asset management control
  • Outline what assurance and accreditation is and how organisations can use this as part of demonstrating compliance with the DPA18 & GDPR requirements for due diligence
Module 2: Risk management frameworks
  • Cover what risk is, emphasise the requirement of risk management in DPA18 & GDPR
  • Cover different risk methodologies that are available and what the objective is
  • Cover residual risk, risk registers and how organisations need to continually monitor risk
Module 3: Information security, monitoring & incident management
  • Cover baseline controls
  • Cover where organisations can find advice and guidance on implementing cyber security e.g. 10 steps, Cyber Essentials, ICO information security recommendations, ISO27032 etc
  • Cover the importance of monitoring - when not if, people get in the network and the importance of having good incident management
  • Cover incident management processes - what is required, how it feeds into the risk process, how it should be used to improve security
  • Cover reporting procedure
Day 3: Implementation

Module 1: Changes to Data Protection & Assessing Compliance
  • Having covered the law delegates should have a solid understanding of this but cover the changes in depth here for them to understand everything that is changing
  • Summary of changes based on legal overview document
  • Use the online ICO self-assessment toolkit for them to understand how they can use that to baseline where they currently are to give them their starting point
  • Data streaming/data mapping
  • Auditing current compliance - use of tools like e-Discovery to facilitate this
  • Identification of policies & procedures which need to be reviewed to bring in line with minimising privacy impact and ensuring compliance
Module 2: Privacy by Design & Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA)
  • Cover requirement to build in appropriate security from the start
  • Cover DPIAs
  • Cover impact for failing to do this (business costs - enforcement of failure to do this will be covered later)
  • Privacy notices
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & privacy
Module 3: Direct marketing & Online profiling
  • Cover consent with regard to direct marketing - what it means
  • Cover the issue of online profiling and tracking cookies and what it will require to be compliant with DPA18 & GDPR
  • The EU PECR - discussion of the implications for organisations
Module 4: Obligations of controllers & processors
  • How organisations need to ensure that a data subject can exercise their rights
  • The obligations on controllers and information they need to provide to data subjects when collecting data from data subjects
  • The obligations when they buy data in
  • The requirements of notification - to data subjects and others they have passed the data to when a data subject exercises their rights
  • The obligations on the controller to ensure a processor is compliant with the DPA & GDPR
  • How the change to liability for a breach still doesn;t absolve the controller of their accountability
  • Records required
  • Exemption for small organisations although it is likely most will adhere - the records are what best practice and good management require or is information that should be on a DPIA anyway
Day 4: Implementation

Module 1: Cloud & Big Data
  • Geographic location of cloud
  • Legal and jurisdictional issues
  • What big data is
  • Should we do this vs we can do this - consider repurposing of data issues
Module 2: Enforcement & supervisory authority powers EU & UK
  • Enforcement regime - summary of the 2%/10 million and 4%/20 million fines
  • Summary of enforcement powers the ICO will have - urgency requirements to stop all processing of personal data immediately
  • One stop shop - simplification of administration across the EU
  • Main establishment determines the supervisory authority
  • Legal requirement to co-operate with the supervisory authority
Day 5

Module 2: Staying compliant
  • Steps and quick wins to achieve compliance
  • Steps to remain compliant
Independent APMG NCSC Certified Training, Data Protection Foundation & Practitioner Examination. In class candidates will take a paper based version of the course exam, whilst our virtual classroom delegates will take a remotely proctored exam both to be taken at the end of the course.

Exam Information

Candidates will receive individual emails to access their APMG NCSC Certified Training candidate portal, typically available two weeks post exam. If you experience any issues, please contact the APMG technical help desk on 01494 4520450.


70 minutes


70, multiple choice (4 multiple choice answers only 1 of which is correct)

Pass Mark



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10 Oct 2022 QA On-Line Virtual Centre, Virtual Book now
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