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.
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.