GDPR - Certified Data Protection Officer

Obtain all the competences and knowledge necessary to lead all the processes for implementing and complying with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in an organization

Course description:

The Certified Data Protection Officer training course enables you to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to effectively implement and manage a compliance framework with regard to the protection of personal data. 

After mastering all the necessary concepts of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified Data Protection Officer” credential. By holding a PECB Certified Data Protection Officer Certificate, you will demonstrate that you thoroughly understand the gap between the General Data Protection Regulation and the current organizational processes including: privacy policies, procedures, working instructions, consent forms, data protection impact assessments, in order to associate organizations in the adoption process to the new regulation.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the history of personal data protection in Europe
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and approaches required for the effective alignment with the
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Understand the new requirements that the General Data Protection Regulation brings for EU organizations and non-EU organizations and when it is necessary to implement them
  • Acquire the necessary expertise to support an organization in assessing the implementation of these new requirements
  • Learn how to manage a team implementing the GDPR
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to advise organizations how to manage personal data
  • Acquire the expertise for analysis and decision making in the context of personal data protection


  • Project managers or consultants wanting to prepare and to support an organization in the implementation of the new procedures and adoption of the new requisites presented in the GDPR, which will come into force and effect by the 25th May 2018
  • DPO and Senior Managers responsible for the personal data protection of an enterprise and the management of its risks
  • Members of an information security, incident management and business continuity team
  • Expert advisors in security of personal data
  • Technical experts and compliance experts wanting to prepare for a Data Protection Officer job


A fundamental understanding of the GDPR and primary knowledge of the present data protection legal requirements.


  • Introduction to the GDPR and initiation of the GDPR Compliance

    1. Course objective and structure
    2. General Data Protection Regulation
    3. Fundamental Principles of the GDPR
    4. Initiating the GDPR Implementation
    5. Understanding the Organization and Clarifying the
    6. Data Protection Objectives
    7. Analysis of the Existing System
  • Plan the implementation of the GDPR

    1. Leadership and approval of the GDPR
    2. Compliance Project
    3. Data Protection Policy
    4. Definition of the Organizational Structure of
    5. Data Protection
    6. Data Classification
    7. Risk Assessment under the GDPR
  • Deploying the GDPR

    1. Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
    2. Design of Security Controls and Drafting of
    3. Specific Policies & Procedures
    4. Implementation of Controls
    5. Definition of the Document Management Process
    6. Communication Plan
    7. Training and Awareness Plan
  • Monitoring and continuous improvement of GDPR compliance

    1. Operations Management
    2. Incident Management
    3. Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Evaluation
    4. Internal Audit
    5. Data breaches and corrective actions
    6. Continual Improvement
    7. Competence, Evaluation and Closing the Training
  • Certification Exam

    1. Preparation for exam
    2. Exam
  • Test details:

    • The exam duration is three (3) hours. Non-native speakers receive an additional half an hour.
    • The exam contains essay type questions. 

    As the exam is “open book”, candidates are authorized to use:

    • A copy of the General Data Protection Regulation;
    • Course notes from the Participant Handout;
    • Any personal notes made by the student during the course; and
    • A hard copy dictionary


    Examination rules and policies



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