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BCS GDPR Update Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

This GDPR Update is designed for holders of the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection who wish to gain a solid understanding of the requirements of the BCS GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill.

Target Audience
The qualification is aimed at holders of the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection who need to understand the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill and the changes that they will bring in the processing of personal data.
It is important to those who need to possess an understanding of the GDPR to do their job, or those whose effectiveness in their role would be enhanced by being able to practically apply certain new requirements.


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Learning Objectives

The BCS GDPR Update: Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is intended to provide a comprehensive update for BCS Practitioner Certificate holders. By obtaining the GDPR Update qualification, candidates will:

  • Hold an up to date recognised qualification in data protection
  • Gain an understanding of the key changes and associated implications that the GDPR introduces for their organisations
  • Be prepared for the UK adoption of the GDPR with the enactment of the Data Protection Bill
  • Gain an understanding of the practical application of the new requirements of the GDPR and Data Protection Bill associated with the role of the data protection officer (DPO), restrictions of data subject rights, data protection by design and by default and data breach notifications


BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

Course Content

1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) background
2. GDPR definitions and terminology
3. The data protection principles
4. Special categories of personal data
5. Lawfulness of processing
6. Data Subject Rights
7. Data controller and data processor obligations
8. Transfers of personal data
9. Powers of the Supervisory Authority (ICO)
10. Practitioner level practical workshop

Exams & Certification

Please note that the examination is taken approximately 4 weeks after completion of the course to allow for ample revision time.

1 hour ‘closed-book’, i.e. no materials can be taken into the examination room

  • 15 multiple choice questions
  • 6 short answer questions
  • Pass mark is 39/60 (65%)

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