Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection



Distance Learning Programme

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (“PC.dp”), the world's leading practical qualification on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now available on a Distance Learning basis.


Study the qualification in your own time, at home or in the officeThe Programme

The Distance Learning Programme provides candidates with the opportunity to study the material in their own time and at their own pace, either at home or in the office. The comprehensive materials consist of 14 learning modules. Each module contains self-assessment questions (with answers) to allow candidates to test their knowledge and to prepare for the online examination.


The Exam

When candidates are ready, they can proceed to take the online examination. The examination is ‘open book’, meaning that candidates can refer to their materials, books and notes during the examination.


The Fee

The fee for the Distance Learning Programme is £2,295 plus VAT / €2,595 / US$2,995 . A discount of 10% is available for each additional candidate from your organisation enrolling at the same time.


PC.dp GDPR Conversion online exam

Self-study Programme enables you to learn at your own pace

Syllabus and Examination Board

The Syllabus for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme is available for download here. Information on the Members of the Examination Board is available here


Register of Qualified Data Protection Practitioners

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

Further Information

If you have a query about the Programme, please:

  • visit the online FAQs
  • telephone PDP on +44 (0)207 014 3399
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Three easy ways to enrol onto the Programme:

  • apply online
  • telephone PDP on +44 (0)207 014 3399
  • contact us by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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 complete one designated training course per year after the first anniversary of successfully completing their qualification. Designated training courses are listed in the online FAQs. Distance Learning candidates will be able to complete the designated courses on a distance learning basis.



The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is accredited by the United Kingdom Law Society and the Bar Council with 25 hours CPD, as well as by the Institute of Banking, the LIA and the Insurance Institute of Ireland.


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"The Distance Learning Programme is excellent. In terms of motivation to study, I found this relatively easy to do."
Andrew Lanigan
GDPR Compliance Manager


"I found the material to be very accessible and the distance learning option worked well for me."
Nicholas Jupp
Assistant Director
Home Office


"I was very pleased that I had passed the examination for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I found the Distance Learning option suited my learning style and particularly liked the ability to work at my own speed."
Nicola Young
Complaints and Information Disclosure Officer
University of Portsmouth


"Having the ability to study towards a Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection using the distance learning programme was really helpful. Due to my many other commitments, being able to study at my own convenience was invaluable. The course content was clear and concise and provided all the necessary information required to sit the exam. The accompanying videos were well presented."
David Hardman
Cyber Assurance Expert
Ports of Jersey


"The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Distance Learning programme is perfect for individuals wishing to expand their knowledge on EU data protection law at their own pace, wherever based. The course modules set out the subject matter of the GDPR in a clear and simple manner, allowing for a thorough understanding not only of the spirit of the law, but also, of how it should be applied in practice."
Roxanne Meilak Borg
Data Protection Officer
University of Malta


"I think the quality of the learning aspects of the programme (materials and videos) were very good, well-structured and easy to follow."
Yuliya Prokopyshyn
Stephenson Law


"The Distance Learning Programme has afforded me a global perspective on issues of data privacy. Having successfully completed the course, I feel further equipped and empowered to provide expert advice to public officers and members of the public on matters of data privacy. Indeed, I am delighted to join a cadre of globally recognized data protection professionals."
Chadwick Noel
Freedom of Information Officer
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


"The practitioner certificate is a must for anyone working with Data Protection. I am delighted to have passed the certification and look forward to applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program"
Julie Groves
Information Assurance
Capital One


"I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening in a number of areas. I have managed to apply the knowledge gained through the course already in my day to day role."
Brendan Byrne
Senior Managing Consultant Security & Privacy


"The structure and contents of the Practitioner Certificate are world class. PDP has not only groomed credible practitioners in Europe, but also globally, via its up-to-date pragmatic modules. First class without a doubt!"
Noriswadi Ismail
Quotient Consulting (Malaysia)


"The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is an invaluable course for those practising in the area of data protection."
Olive McDaid
Senior Lawyer
KPMG Legal Services


"Taking this course and preparing for the exam has given me the confidence to deal and advise on a wealth data protection topics. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who deals with data protection questions in their workplace and/or wants to gain a better understanding of the subject."
Michelle Hayward
Senior Corporate Counsel


"I am delighted to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. The knowledge I acquired during the programme as a whole has, and will continue to be put to good use in my role as Data Protection Officer."
John Poole
Controls Manager
Sun Life Financial of Canada


"I am delighted to have achieved this qualification. The Certificate sets a recognised standard for data protection professionals and it has provided me with the knowledge and confidence of data protection requirements."
Joanne Maurizi
Assistant Manager


"I am extremely proud and pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I found the courses and the exam thought provoking, it has made me realise that Data Protection is a much bigger subject than I envisaged. I now feel confident having a recognised qualification under my belt."
Emma Drew
Data Protection Analyst, Compliance
Canada Life


"I am delighted to have gained this qualification. It was an excellent course and a valuable and interesting experience."
Alexandra Bain
Senior Legal Counsel
Cable & Wireless Communications


"I am delighted to have passed the examination and I now feel much more qualified to work in this field."
Judith Hills
Legal Associate
Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd


"The exam required thorough revision of all material provided. I am proud of having achieved this valuable qualification"
Sabine Duffy
Legal Counsel


"I found the course practical, informative and very well run. I am delighted I took the time out to complete the course and to have been successful in passing the PC.dp."
Louise Colgan
Data Protection Officer
Central Bank of Ireland


“At Microsoft, we believe that for organizations to succeed, they must be able to deploy technology that their employees and customers trust. We chose PDP for our training because having a thorough understanding of data protection laws and ensuring compliance is a key part of that trust."
Angela Wing


"If you are looking for a specialised course and a formal qualification in Data Protection, then this course is exactly what you need. The distance learning method involving video lectures and course material is comprehensive and allows you to study at your convenience and from the comfort of your home. I highly recommend PDP."
David Cauchi
Head of Compliance
Malta Data Protection Commissioner's Office


"I am a Deputy Data Protection Officer with some years of experience in data protection. This course has reinvigorated my zest to learn and I am already booked on a marketing course later in the year. The online version allowed me to work and learn at my own pace and use much of the content in context to aid the learning experience"
Amanda Hillman
Deputy Data Protection Officer
Home Office