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Certified Data Protection Officer

Course Description

The GDPR demands that organisations adequately and appropriately protect Personal data in all aspects of their processing activities. Besides violating the foundational rights and freedoms of persons, not complying with this data protection regulation can lead to Business harm that could impact an organization’s credibility, reputation, and financial status. This is where your skills as a data protection officers come to place. 

The IECB Certified Data Protection Officer training course will help you acquire the knowledge and skills to serve as a Data Protection Officer (DPO) so as to help organizations ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

After attending this course, you will be able to fulfil the role of the DPO and claim competence to inform, advise, and monitor compliance with the GDPR, as well as form suitable communications with data subjects and the supervisory authority.

You can also sit for the exam, and gain the “IECB Certified Data Protection Officer” credential, which validates that you have the professional capabilities and practical knowledge to adequately advise either a controller and/or processor on GDPR compliance.

Target Audience

  • Managers or consultants seeking to prepare and support an organization in planning, implementing, and maintaining a compliance programme based on the GDPR
  • DPOs and individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with the GDPR requirements
  • Members of information security, incident management, and business continuity teams
  • Technical and compliance experts seeking to prepare for a data protection officer role  
  • Expert advisors involved in the security of personal data

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the scope of the GDPR and assess its requirements
  • Understand the mapping between the General Data Protection Regulation and solutions based frameworks such as ISO/IEC 27701
  • Acquire the required competence to adequately perform the role and daily tasks of the data protection officer
  • Develop the ability to continuously monitor compliance with the GDPR
  • Understand Communication requirements of both data subjects and the supervisory authority

Our approach

  • This training course is based on the practical application of best practices used in exercising the role of the DPO.
  • Course modules include practical examples of the role of DPO.
  • Delegates are encouraged to engage in discussions and exercises.
  • A Case Study is provided to bring the materials to life.


  • Participants attending this training course are required to have at least a foundational understanding of the GDPR and associated Privacy regulations.

Course Overview

  • Module 1—The Business Case for Data Protection
  • Module 2 - Data Governance
  • Module 3—Information Risk Management
  • Module 4—Information Privacy Programme Development and Management
  • Module 5—Information Privacy Incident Management

Course Agenda

  • Day 1: The GDPR Principles 
  • Day 2: The role of the DPO in the development of a GDPR compliance programme
  • Day 3: DPO Business operations
  • Day 4: Monitoring and maintenance of the GDPR compliance programme, and the certification exam


  • All candidates at official training courses are tested throughout their course with quizzes and exercises, in combination with a final exam held on the last day of the course.  Both elements are a part of the overall score. For CDPO, the final exam constitutes a 12 question essay type which should be completed within 180 minutes. A passing score is achieved at 70%. Self-study candidates can purchase an exam voucher from our Store.
  • Exam results are returned within 24 hours, with successful candidates receiving both a digital badge and a Certificate of Achievement
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