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This certificate is designed for candidates with some existing data protection responsibilities, wishing to gain a broader understanding of current laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill. This will include how these are applied in practice and the importance for any organisation that holds personal information.

Candidates will already have a sound grounding in the key elements of data protection law and its practical application. The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection will also position candidates to go on to develop a detailed understanding of the law, beyond that which is covered in this syllabus.

By obtaining the certificate, candidates will:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in data protection
  • Gain an understanding of the key changes and the associated implications that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill introduce to data protection
  • Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill, particularly the need for effective record keeping
  • Be able to apply the new rights available to data subjects and understand the implications of those rights
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the designation, position and role/tasks of a data protection officer
  • Be able to prepare organisations to manage and handle personal data in compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has a degree of (but not overall) responsibility for data protection within an organisation will benefit. It is also useful for others who want to broaden their basic understanding of this area and fully understand the practical application of UK Data Protection laws.

What are the entry requirements?

It is ideal for anyone who already holds the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection, although this is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates attend an accredited training course, are familiar with GDPR and the syllabus and any recommended reading outlined in the syllabus. Candidates will need to gain a pass rate of at least 65% in order to pass the exam.

What format is the exam?

A two hour ‘closed book’ written exam, comprising:
 - Part A: 20 simple multiple-choice questions (1 mark each)

20 complex multiple-choice questions (2 marks each)

- Part B: 12 short answer questions (5 marks each)

Pass mark is 65% (78/120); Distinction pass mark is 80% (96/120)


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