Certified Data Protection Practitioner (GDPR)

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This three-day practitioner course with independent APMG exam, updated for 2023, will provide a practical guide to planning, implementing and maintaining compliance with Data Protection & GDPR (EU & UK) Regulations. Data protection law requires, the appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) for some controllers and processors, including those in the public sector. The obligations for this challenging role will require insight into privacy threats, risks, data breach management, secure design and secure by default principles, artificial intelligence and 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 assured courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for NCSC assured courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).



This Data Protection Practitioner course is primarily aimed at DPOs and professionals working with IT, Risk, Security, Governance and Compliance roles across public and private sectors. It is also aimed at Human Resource and Marketing Professionals, Product Owners, Business Analysts and Project Managers. This course is part of the 5 day Certified Data Protection Foundation and Practitioner course. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that learners have attended the Data Protection Foundation class or have equivalent foundation knowledge in the subject.


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 Principles & Individual Rights
    • Data Protection Impact Assessments
    • Incident Response
    • Policy Frameworks
    • Privacy by Design / Default
    • Information Risk Management
  • Understand the role of the data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Develop a plan to address the challenges of developing a privacy programme across your organisation
  • Understand the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) governance, utilising the ICO AI Toolkit and EU AI Pact for AI developers
  • 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
  • Demonstrate understanding of the data protection principles and individual data subject rights and when and how they apply at an operational level.
  • Understand why privacy is important, and how it relates to data protection in your business
  • Be able to understand the role of the Data Protection Officer, if you need one and how they help your business achieve compliance
  • Learn to solve Data Protection (GDPR) problems and advise on privacy risks by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques, and rules learnt
  • Respond in a more responsible, ethical and well-informed manner, to GDPR compliance issues and scenarios
  • Consider the privacy, ethical and regulatory impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and or shadow AI being adopted in your organisation or supply chain
  • 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 GDPR compliance issues, via the logical interpretation and application of the GDPR Articles and Recitals, to real world and hypothetical work/life scenarios
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of the (EU & UK) GDPRs and related legislation

Course Outline
  • Module 10: Maturity Assessment
  • Module 11: Useful Steps to Compliance
  • Module 12: Data Protection by Design, by Default and DPIAs
  • Module 13: Risk Management, Assurance and Appropriate Security
  • Module 14: Obligations on Controllers and Processors
  • Module 15: Direct Marketing and Online Profiling
  • Module 16: Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Transfers to Third Countries
  • Module 17: Privacy and Monitoring
  • Module 18: Staying Compliant
Independent APMG NCSC Assured Training, Data Protection Foundation & Practitioner Examination. In class candidates and virtual classroom delegates will take a remotely proctored exam to be taken post course.

Exam Information

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

Duration: 60 minutes

Questions: 60, multiple choice (4 multiple choice answers only 1 of which is correct)

Pass Mark: 50%



Start date Location / delivery
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