Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - eLearning Programme

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

(eLearning Programme)

 

 

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (“PC.dp”), the UK's leading practical qualification on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is available on an eLearning basis (also referred to as "Distance Learning").

 

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The Programme

The eLearning 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 are made available 'on-demand' and 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.

 

"Due to my many other commitments, being able to study at my own convenience and access content
on-demand was invaluable"

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.

 

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

 

PC.dp GDPR Conversion online exam

The Programme is wholly on-demand enabling you to learn at your own pace

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
  • contact us by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Application

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.

 

Accreditation

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is accredited by the United Kingdom Law Society and the Bar Council with 25 hours CPD.

 
 

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Testimonials

 

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

 

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

 

“I really enjoyed the Programme. It was easy to access, the course materials were excellent. All the technology worked smoothly. Any queries I had were dealt with efficiently by friendly staff. I would definitely recommend taking PDP courses to others.”
Candice Pressinger
Senior Security Consultant
Elavon

 

“The eLearning materials were excellent and I liked the way that the test questions made me think things through - and therefore did a much better job of preparing, both for the exam and for real world questions.”
Andrew Jackson
Head of Data Protection
ATOS

 

"To sum up, I’d say PDP provide high quality learning materials and are always available to answer queries, and passing an exam gives you confidence in your role that you do know what you’re talking about!"
Samantha Donigan
Head of Assurance
Stockport Homes

 

"I found the distance learning programme very useful as I could get cracking straightaway in my own time. The videos I found very useful, as they brought the subject to life."
Carver Tedstone
Quality Auditor
The Royal British Legion

 

"I found the eLearning programme very convenient. I was able to review modules in my own time, and take the exam in the comfort of my own home."
Grace Kelly
Risk and Controls Officer
Dixons Carphone

 

"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

 

"I have very much enjoyed learning from home as I could fit the learning around other commitments, juggling my time as needed. The reading material content was well supported by the videos, which broke up the learning and both materials were very concise."
Leigh Fyson
Senior Specialist Data Protection
DST Systems

 

"The eLearning qualification programme was very helpful to me, very relevant."
Helen Williams
Data Protection Officer
NHS Dorset

 

"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."
Alan Jarrett
Senior Office
Home Office

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the modules and videos were very well put together. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering or performing a practitioner role."
David Hardman
Cyber Assurance Expert
Ports of Jersey

 

"I really enjoyed the flexibility of being able to study in my own time which was one of the things that attracted me to the programme. The advantages of not having to travel into London at the crack of dawn on a busy commuter train, find the venue and then settle down to learn were huge from my perspective, it was also a huge advantage not having to take whole days out of the office. Learning in smaller chunks meant that I could process and apply the information more easily."
Elizabeth Barber
Records Manager
Kent Country Council

 

"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 found the eLearning programme excellent… and user-friendly; the online exam certainly put my knowledge to the test."
David Coker
Data Protection Officer
Department for Transport

 

"I found the eLearning qualification programme extremely valuable and learned a great deal. In an ever changing field this allowed me to study and achieve this qualification at a pace to suit me and attain the most current level of knowledge and confidence I need to undertake my role. Thank you for such an accessible and informative programme."
Lucianne Pharoah
Records Manager
Dorset Police

 

"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
Solicitor
Stephenson Law

 

"I found the videos and written materials accessible and easy to use.."
Ian Wallis
Data Protection Practitioner
Home Office

 

"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
IBM

 

"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
Co-Founder
Quotient Consulting (Malaysia)

 

"I’m so pleased that I passed, it’s made my month! I really enjoyed the course, and found the videos very helpful. Learning from home was fine. I got into a good rhythm with it and felt I was able to control my learning a lot more."
Poppy Offer
Data Protection Specialist
Just

 

"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
SAP

 

"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
mutualone

 

"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
Click&Buy

 

"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
Attorney
Microsoft

 

"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

 

"I really enjoyed this programme. The portal was easy to use and navigate. The course materials and videos were clear and easy to follow; I also found the signposts to additional reading material very helpful in giving context to the topic. I enjoyed the flexibility of being able to study at my own pace and also at a time convenient for me."
Hayley Meads
Data Protection Analyst
Rathbone Brothers Plc

 

"The distance learning method of videos, hand-outs and test Qs worked very well for me. I had chosen this type of programme as it was a huge advantage to be able to do this at my own pace, fitting my learning around my work commitments and not having to travel. It was a challenging exam - which was definitely a very good thing! I would certainly recommend this Programmec."
Diane Lambert
Information Governance Officer
Horsham Council


"I found the eLearning qualification programme to be really well structured. I liked the combination of the videos and the self-study material."
Katie Machin
Compliance Officer
Leeds Arts University