The Data Protection Practitioner Certificate is a new qualification for those who work with Data Protection and privacy issues on a day-to-day basis. The course syllabus has been designed in consultation with an independent exam board of well-known data protection experts from the public and private sectors 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).
The Centre for Information Rights is one of the University of Winchester’s Research Centres and is established within the Department of Law. It aims to:
Provide a focus for research in Information Rights;
Contribute to developing policy and practice;
Explore ways of exchanging knowledge with subject matter experts, practitioners, students and other academics;
Contribute to training and educational activities;
Engage with the local and wider community to provide opportunities for information issues to be debated.
Marion Oswald, Solicitor and Head of the Centre, said:
“The Centre for Information Rights is pleased to endorse the syllabus of Act Now’s Data Protection Practitioner Certificate. The syllabus is focused on providing practitioners with a practical understanding of data protection and knowledge of how the law may change in the future.”
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. Commenting on the syllabus endorsement, Ibrahim Hasan (Solicitor and Director of Act Now Training) said:
“We are very pleased that the quality of our new course syllabus has been recognised by the Centre for Information Rights. We are confident that by undertaking the course, delegates will achieve a truly practical understanding of data protection law and will be prepared for the big changes on the horizon in the shape of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation.”
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 based at the University of Dundee. Professor Kevin Dunion (formerly the Scottish Information Commissioner) is the Executive Director of the Centre for FOI and has recently chaired a review of our first year.