A BCS professional qualification can make the difference when applying for a new job or internal promotion.
The knowledge gained can add tens of thousands of pounds to your lifetime earnings. With demand for certified
professionals at an all-time high, there's never been a better time to be an information rights practitioner.

Your employers benefit too by having qualified, competent personnel
manage their information compliance processes.

The Foundation Certificate is the recommended program for anyone dealing with Data Protection issues.

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection Officers in small and medium size businesses
  • For new starters Information Governance (IG) and Information Assurance (IA) teams
  • It is also beneficial for corporate marketing, IT and HR teams along with project managers

The course is 3 days with the BCS 1 hour multiple choice exam on the last afternoon.

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The Practitioner Certificate is the leading industry qualification for individuals with Data Protection responsibilities.

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection officers working in larger business, corporations and the public sector
  • Information Governance (IG) and Information Assurance (IA) professionals (all grades)
  • Freedom of Information Managers
  • Head of Risk, Senior Information Risk Officers
  • Solicitors advising on information law
  • It is also beneficial for IT Security Managers in larger organisations and the public sector

The course is 5 days, with a separate exam preparation day leading up to the BCS 3 hour (3-part) written exam.

The Practitioner Certificate is the established program for those with Freedom of Information responsibilities.

It is ideally suited to:

  • Freedom of Information Managers
  • Environmental Information Regulations Managers
  • Information Governance (IG) and Information Assurance (IA) professionals (all grades)
  • Records Managers working in the public sector
  • Data Protection Officers working within the public sector
  • FOI lead officers within an industry sector carrying out a public function or service e.g. Utilities & Housing Authorities
  • Lead FOI officers within relevant public-private partnerships
  • Solicitors advising on information law and press officers

Note - this course only covers legislation affecting England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
The course is 5 days, with a separate exam preparation day leading up to the BCS 3 hour (3-part) written exam.

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Course dates

Code Course Starts Ends Exam prep Exam
FC-DP BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection 08 Nov 16 10 Nov 16 - 10 Nov 16
13 Feb 17 15 Feb 17 - 15 Feb 17
19 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 - 21 Jun 17
09 Oct 17 11 Oct 17 - 11 Oct 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 21 Nov 16 25 Nov 16 04 Jan 17 31 Jan 17
23 Jan 17 27 Jan 17 16 Feb 17 17 Mar 17
20 Mar 17 24 Mar 17 10 Apr 17 28 Apr 17
05 Jun 17 09 Jun 17 20 Jul 17 01 Sep 17
24 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 30 Aug 17 27 Oct 17
27 Nov 17 01 Dec 17 TBC TBC
PC-FOI BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 20 Feb 17 24 Feb 17 12 Apr 17 28 Apr 17
15 May 17 19 May 17 29 Jun 17 14 Jul 17
30 Oct 17 03 Nov 17 23 Nov 17 08 Dec 17
GDPR1 GDPR - Where we are now 12 Dec 16 14 Dec 16 - -
19 Apr 17 21 Apr 17 - -
17 Jul 17 19 Jul 17 - -
20 Nov 17 22 Nov 17 - -
Code Course Course starts Course ends Exam prep Exam
FC-DP BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection 08 Nov 16 10 Nov 16 - 10 Nov 16
FC-DP BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection 13 Feb 17 15 Feb 17 - 15 Feb 17
FC-DP BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection 19 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 - 21 Jun 17
FC-DP BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection 09 Oct 17 11 Oct 17 - 11 Oct 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 21 Nov 16 25 Nov 16 04 Jan 17 31 Jan 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 23 Jan 17 27 Jan 17 16 Feb 17 17 Mar 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 20 Mar 17 24 Mar 17 10 Apr 17 28 Apr 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 05 Jun 17 09 Jun 17 20 Jul 17 01 Sep 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 24 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 30 Aug 17 27 Oct 17
PC-DP BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 27 Nov 17 01 Dec 17 TBC TBC
PC-FOI BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 20 Feb 17 24 Feb 17 12 Apr 17 28 Apr 17
PC-FOI BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 15 May 17 19 May 17 29 Jun 17 14 Jul 17
PC-FOI BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection 30 Oct 17 03 Nov 17 23 Nov 17 08 Dec 17
GDPR1 GDPR - Where we are now 12 Dec 16 14 Dec 16 - -
GDPR1 GDPR - Where we are now 19 Apr 17 21 Apr 17 - -
GDPR1 GDPR - Where we are now 17 Jul 17 19 Jul 17 - -
GDPR1 GDPR - Where we are now 20 Nov 17 22 Nov 17 - -