Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - Residential

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

(Residential Programme)



The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection ("PC.dp.") is the practical qualification for those that work in the fields of data protection and privacy. It is fully up to date with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Successful completion of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme demonstrates to employers and others that the candidate possesses a solid knowledge of data protection law, as well as an understanding of the practical implications for organisations of the GDPR.


Includes full instruction on the GDPR and the implications of Brexit



Residential Programme

The residential option on the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme ("PC.dp") provides candidates with the opportunity to study the coursework aspect of the Programme on four consecutive days in a hotel setting. The Programme is also available as an eLearning Programme and a Standard (Classroom) Programme.


The Venue

The Residential Programme takes place in a countryside hotel in Southern England, providing a comfortable and peaceful location for study.

The hotel has a large swimming pool and well-equipped gym. There are also spa facilities, and a bar for evening socialising. Each room is equipped with a tv. Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. Delegates have their own room (not shared).

Candidates can travel to the venue by train, followed by a short taxi journey, or by car - secure parking for 200 cars is available at no charge.

Residential venue



The tuition takes place from Tuesday to Friday inclusive.

Monday Candidates arrive (evening)     Includes welcome dinner
Tuesday Tuition (9.30am - 5pm) Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tuition (9.30am - 4.30pm) Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner    
Thursday Tuition (9.00am to 6.00pm) Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Friday Tuition (9.00am to 3.00pm) Includes breakfast and lunch

Outside of the tuition times, candidates’ time is their own. Candidates leave the hotel after the end of tuition on Friday.

Programme Date

The next date for the Residential Programme is:


2024 dates coming soon...



All Residential Programme candidates must attend the Examination in either London, Glasgow or Belfast. Upcoming dates for the Examination can be seen on the main Qualification page.


The Fee

The fee for the residential programme is £3,295 / €3,685 / $3,685 plus VAT.

10% discount for each additional member of your organisation enrolling at the same time for the same dates

The fee is fully inclusive of accommodation (including breakfast, lunch and dinner), tuition, materials and entry into the examination. Not included in the fee is transportation to and from the hotel, as well as any extras that are purchased during your stay (e.g. alcoholic drinks, room service and spa treatments).

Register of Qualified Data Protection Practitioners

The online register of those who have gained the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection can be viewed here.


Continuing Professional Development

The GDPR requires data protection professionals to maintain their knowledge on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the Examination Board has stipulated that candidates are required to attend one designated training course per year after the first anniversary of successfully completing their qualification. Designated training courses are listed in the following online FAQs section.



To apply for the Residential Programme for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection, please either:

  • Book Online
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  • Telephone us +44 (0)207 014 3399


Further Information

For further information on the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Residential Programme, please:

  • View the Residential FAQs online
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  • Telephone +44 (0)207 014 3399






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"As a relative novice to the Data Protection field I found the Residential Course of enormous benefit in terms of the wealth and breadth of knowledge and insight provided by both the tutors and other participants.  I feel passing the exam is a huge achievement and will be of benefit both to myself and my organisation in embedding a culture of transparency in what we do with the personal data that we hold whilst at the same time respecting the privacy of our customers and stakeholders."
Jane Allen
Information Governance Manager
The Scottish Government


"Coming from a non-legal and compliance background, I am extremely pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection examination. Attending the Residential course meant having access to the tutors after the formal sessions, which offered the chance to dig into the topics in a way a classroom based course would not have offered, thereby directly contributing to my successful result."
Dylan Rowland
Ecommerce Governance Manager


"I am delighted to have passed the exam for Practitioner in Data Protection and would definitely recommend the residential programme. The teaching was excellent and a residential programme meant that the tutors were on hand after classes and at dinner to discuss queries and data protection in general. I wouldn’t hesitate to attend another PDP residential course."
Leah Duffy
Data Protection Officer
Ordnance Survey


“I was pleased that I had opted to do the residential course as it meant that I could focus my attention on the syllabus and benefit from the experience and views of my fellow delegates and the course tutors during informal discussions in the evening. The programme and exam are demanding but make for a great competency benchmark. I was ridiculously proud of myself to have passed and believe that it has given me greater credibility as a Data Protection Officer."
Phillippa T Caine
Association Secretary
Guide Dogs


"The Residential Programme gave direct access to the trainers. Thank you for providing an engaging course with knowledgeable trainers willing to encourage discussion and answer questions. I particularly enjoyed the experience of having qualified solicitors as trainers."
Pippa Thompson
Head of Knowledge & Information Management


"The practical residential programme was excellent. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend doing this course if you work in data protection."
Laurence Arterton
Head of Client Support & ICT Systems


"The handbook is very extensive. And the examples helpful for context. The trainers are friendly and knowledgeable."
Claire Ramstead
Business Standards Coordinator


"Overall excellent!"
Lorna Goldsmith
Information Manager
AWE plc


"The residential programme was excellent, and well run."
Patricia Samuels
Executive Complaints Manager
Direct Line Group


"The hotel has fabulous facilities and the staff and rooms were excellent. The food was excellent once it arrived."
Margaret Hunt
Clinical Governance Manager
AXA PPP Healthcare


"All the trainers clearly knew their subject and were able to get their knowledge across in an interactive way. Excellent."
Jill Clarke
Privacy Manager


"All very good"
Peter Hibbitt
Operations Director
Inchora Ltd


"Very good course. Informative and challenging at the same time, at a high quality venue."
Andy Crawley
Head of Legal Services
Registers of Scotland


Lorraine Lunt
Transparency & Feedback Team Manager
City of York Council


"Would definitely use and recommend PDP to colleagues, customer service, course tutors and admin all excellent. Was good to have James on site to answer queries"
Tracey Armstrong
Information Security Officer
Xentrall Shared Services


"Hotel very nice, would recommend to others. Knowledge and delivery style excellent, kept the pace up and allowed time for group participation."
Matthew Archer
Assistant Head of Democratic Services
Canterbury City Council


"Excellent presenter! Great pace and at no point did I feel I wanted to drop off!"
George Balmer
Head of Security
Satellite Applications Catapult