Live, Online GDPR & FOI Training Courses

At Freevacy, we offer a complimentary range of certificated GDPR and FOI training courses from two globally recognised independent examination bodies. We also deliver custom information rights learning and development programmes to establish a privacy-compliant culture throughout the workforce.

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A perfectly balanced GDPR and FOI certification partnership

Choosing the right privacy qualification is really important. Freevacy only deliver certified training courses from established industry recognised data protection examination providers. When it comes to GDPR or FOI certifications, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT are the global industry standard for professionals entering and working in the field of privacy. Both the IAPP and BCS take considerable pride in developing, highly respected, independent GDPR and FOI certifications that offer all the reassurance employers need in their compliance professionals.

  • Are you GDPR ready?
  • Certify and become a privacy expert
  • Get global recognition
  • Give your career a boost
  • Must have for DPOs
  • Key benchmark among top employers

Certification from either the IAPP or BCS demonstrates understanding, elevating the leadership profile of award holders among colleagues and peers. Newly acquired knowledge and skills will breed confidence, raising the productivity, capability and accountability of privacy teams and departments throughout the organisation. This enhanced level of data protection will result in fewer security incidents and loss of personal information. The resulting benefits will produce a distinct increase in trust with service users and customers.

Freevacy is an approved training partner for the IAPP and BCS.

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Our philosophy for teaching privacy skills

When delivering GDPR training (or any information rights subject material for that matter), we prefer to examine the practical implications surrounding compliance rather than focussing solely on developing a legal understanding. In teaching this way, we ensure attendees learn about ethical data use and not just the laws surrounding privacy and data protection. This applies equally to bespoke training, cultural learning and development programmes as it does to IAPP and BCS certified courses.

It's all about the learner

The people who attend our courses matter to us. Our aim is not solely to deliver training and get people through an exam, but rather to ensure our candidates possess the knowledge and confidence to use their new skills in the future, beginning with passing their exam (where relevant). The distinction is subtle but noteworthy.

"I had real doubts at first. But having completed the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection and the GDPR Update, I'm impressed. The staff are friendly, and nothing is too much trouble. Before the exam, I drove them crazy with questions. They never complained and always made themselves available. I highly recommend Freevacy."

We actively encourage participants to stay in touch with one another when attending one of our courses. We see this as a natural part of the learning process, and it helps prepare for an exam. It's also an essential part of developing professional networks, which builds confidence, and can be useful across entire careers.

Training during the COVID-19 pandemic

We deliver all IAPP and BCS certified training courses through live online classes. Custom training is also taught in a live online setting unless it is part of an online learning programme. Whether attending from home, or the office, training is delivered safely across a secure WebEx platform with all the support and interactivity found in the classroom.

Ongoing support through the examination and beyond

Once the training aspect of a certified course is complete, our trainers will make themselves available to students throughout the self-study period leading up to the exam. We achieve this through email exchanges, one-to-one coaching sessions and, depending on the level of the exam, group study days. We hold an exam preparation day for our BCS students studying practitioner level exams, while those preparing to sit an IAPP exam can participate in interactive Q&A and study sessions. These are typically scheduled 4 to 6 weeks after the accredited course has ended. Delegates are free to attend more than one event if they choose to study for longer than the recommended time. Once the exam is over, we offer ongoing free advice and support to delegates dealing with issues back in a workplace setting.

"A very good time on the course, covered a lot of content in a short space of time but plenty of material to utilise. Trainer very friendly, offering lots of time and expertise to make use of."

Our teaching ethos and the fact we deliver training from the IAPP and BCS means we present attendees with a certified training package not available from any other training provider. With both the IAPP and BCS, you can be confident that your qualification will be recognised in the UK and internationally. The information is always completely accurate and up-to-date.

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

The Foundation GDPR Certificate from the BCS is recommended for anyone involved in the collection, usage or protection of personal information.

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

The GDPR Practitioner Certificate from the BCS is the leading industry qualification for UK focused DPOs and compliance professionals.

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information

This BCS Practitioner Certificate is the recognised qualification for individuals with information access responsibilities under the FOIA or EIR.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe

The CIPP/E is the essential IAPP certification for privacy professionals covering Europe's framework of laws, regulations and policies, most significantly the GDPR.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Manager

The CIPM is a unique qualification in privacy programme management from the IAPP that teaches DPOs and senior compliance professionals how to turn policies into accountability.

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IAPP Certified CIPP/E & CIPM Combination course

These two combined practitioner level certified courses from the IAPP are recommended for DPOs and other compliance professionals with privacy operations' responsibilities.

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CUSTOM INFORMATION RIGHTS & GDPR TRAINING

Alongside certified training, Freevacy also delivers bespoke information rights courses covering both GDPRs (EU & UK), DPA18, PECR (ePrivacy), FOIA, and EIRs. Our reputation for delivering value means that we attract customers looking to achieve more than ensuring regulatory compliance boxes are checked. As such, we often support clients in implementing a top-down privacy culture.

Our expertise in delivering custom privacy and data protection learning and development programmes can save valuable time and budget while ensuring an appropriate education level is achieved across the organisation.

How to embed a privacy culture

The size and type of an organisation, as well as its daily activity and staffing structure, can often impact learning requirements. For this reason, we recognise certain situations benefit from training that is tailored to meet specific information handling practices or sensitive environments.

Our custom GDPR and FOI training offer the option to adapt selected topics according to your industry, department, and attendee level. As a valued customer, you will also receive a full training needs analysis, course design and development service. The benefit of this customised approach means we can deliver your compliance training more efficiently and according to budget.

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