Act Now Launches NEW Practical Data Protection Qualification


Act Now Training Limited is pleased to announce the launch of the Act Now Data Protection Practitioner Certificate.

This is a new qualification for those who work with Data Protection and privacy issues on a day-to-day basis. With an emphasis on practical DP issues and looking ahead to the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, we are confident that this certificate will become the qualification of choice for those new to Data Protection as well as experienced practitioners who wish to have their expertise recognised through a formal qualification.

The course syllabus has been designed in consultation with an independent exam board of well-known data protection experts from the public and the private sector in the UK and Europe. It is intended to give candidates a balanced view and understanding of data protection law and everything they need to know to manage the Data Protection Life Cycle. Candidates will also gain a head start in understanding and implementing the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation (expected to be finalised in 2015).


  • Emphasis on practical application of DP law
  • Teaches practical skills to manage the DP lifecycle including
    DP Audits and Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Online resource lab with videos, quizzes and additional resources
  • Choice of online seminars in addition to face to face learning
  • Assessments testing practical knowledge not rote learning
  • Covers proposed EU Data Protection Regulation
  • Materials include a free DP Template Policy Pack (normally £99 plus vat)

Our expert speakers will share their practical experience gained through years of helping organisations comply with their DP obligations. This, together with exclusive access to our online resource lab, will mean that candidates will not only be in a position to pass the assessments but to learn valuable skills which they will be able to apply in their workplace for years to come.

The course takes place over four days (one day per week) and involves lectures, assessments and exercises. This is followed by some online training sessions and a written assessment. Candidates are then required to complete a practical project (in their own time) to achieve the certificate.

This new course builds on Act Now’s reputation for delivering practical training at an affordable price. We were the first company in the UK to launch a dedicated Freedom of Information qualification for the Scottish public sector. The Act Now Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (Scotland) is endorsed by the Centre for FOI. Professor Kevin Dunion is Executive Director of the Centre. He was previously the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Act Now Training will continue to deliver the BCS Certificate in Data Protection of which it is one of the leading providers. This new course widens the choice for DP practitioners and advisers. Commenting on the launch, Paul Simpkins (Director of Act Now Training) said:

“I am pleased be able to launch this new practical DP qualification which will also prepare delegates for the big changes in the future in the shape of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. Act Now will continue to watch developments in Europe with a view to updating the course syllabus. In time we hope to establish this qualification’s reputation throughout Europe.”

To learn more about this new qualification please see our website or download the flyer.

Author: actnowtraining

Act Now Training is Europe's leading provider of information governance training, serving government agencies, multinational corporations, financial institutions, and corporate law firms. Our associates have decades of information governance experience. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality training that is practical and makes the complex simple. Our extensive programme ranges from short webinars and one day workshops through to higher level practitioner certificate courses delivered online or in the classroom.

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