Flexible, live online GDPR & FOI certified training from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

At Freevacy we offer an independent range of certificated training programmes from two globally recognised examination bodies. We also deliver our own bespoke training courses on GDPR (data protection), freedom of information and related information rights subject matter that can be adapted to suit your particular learning requirements.

The BCS Professional Certification Scheme

We work with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as an Accredited Training Provider delivering a series of approved GDPR and FOI workplace qualifications under the BCS (formerly ISEB) Professional Certification Scheme.

The BCS learning and development education programmes aim to raise the standards by which your organisation protects personal information. Their GDPR and Data Protection qualifications can translate into a competitive advantage, while also helping to protect your hard-earned reputation from an avoidable data-loss.

Although both the BCS syllabus and our approved course content are standardised, we deliver training in a versatile and engaging manner to ensure that the core messages are better retained and adhered to, whoever is attending the course.

We offer a full public schedule from our training facility in Bedford, or if you have a team of four or more, we can deliver our BCS accredited GDPR and FOI training courses at your location.

The GDPR training courses are for everyone who handle data. It provides a great understanding of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). this course is ideally suited to DPOs, and many more. The Freedom Of Information (FOI) is a qualification for those who work in the field.


BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

This foundation certificate from the BCS is recommended for anyone involved in the acquisition, use and protection of personal information.

It is ideally suited to:

  • New team members in data protection, compliance or privacy roles
  • Information Governance (IG) and Information Assurance (IA) teams
  • IT Security and Information Security specialists
  • Corporate IT and HR teams along with project managers
  • Marketing and sales professionals
  • Customer support and service delivery team members
  • It also benefits senior managers or directors of small and medium-size businesses

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

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

This GDPR Practitioner Certificate from the BCS is the leading industry qualification for data protection officers and compliance professionals.

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Information Governance (IG), Information Assurance (IA) and other compliance professionals (all grades)
  • Freedom of Information managers
  • Solicitors advising on information law
  • Head of risk, Senior Information Risk Officers (SIRO)
  • IT security managers, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)
  • IT/IS managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Head of marketing, Chief Marketing Officers (CMO)
  • Company directors of businesses that handle high volumes of personal information

The course is 5 days, with a separate exam preparation day leading up to the BCS 2 hour (3-part) exam.

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BCS Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information

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 4-days, with two separate IAPP 2 hours 30 minutes (90 question) exams.

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