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CIPP/E is the essential GDPR qualification for data protection officers and
compliance professionals processing personal data belonging to European citizens


The Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E) is the leading independent qualification covering European privacy laws and regulations developed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The CIPP/E is suitable for mandatory appointed data protection officers (DPOs) and other compliance professionals who are required to maintain an expert-level knowledge of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). By obtaining the CIPP/E certification, practitioners can significantly improve their career prospects and lifetime earnings. Award holders will join an elite group of highly decorated, globally recognised data protection professionals.


Official IAPP CIPP/E textbooks

Official IAPP
CIPP/E textbooks

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CIPP/E exam voucher

CIPP/E exam

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1st year IAPP membership

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IAPP membership


Code Course Start Duration Location Booking
CIPP/E IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe 25 Mar 24 4 X 4hr Sessions Online Book now
17 Jun 24 4 X 4hr Sessions Online Book now

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E)

Starts: 25 Mar 24

Duration: 4 X 4hr Sessions

Location: Online

Book now

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E)

Starts: 17 Jun 24

Duration: 4 X 4hr Sessions

Location: Online

Book now

CIPP/E Course Contents

Since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into application on 25 May 2018, the protection of personal data has become a board-level priority for organisations around the world. With its mandatory requirement to appoint data protection officers (DPOs), the need for suitably qualified practitioners to ensure data processing operations are compliant has grown exponentially.

To meet the demand for skilled employees, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) introduced the Certified International Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E) credential. The CIPP/E is one of four professional certifications in the CIPP programme. The three other versions cover the laws and regulations that apply in the US private sector (CIPP/US), Canada (CIPP/C) and Asia (CIPP/A).

The CIPP/E certification provides DPOs and other industry practitioners involved in compliance or privacy-based roles with comprehensive knowledge of the European data protection legislative framework from its early beginnings in the 1980s through to the GDPR, the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Directive) and other related legislation, such as the EU Data Governance Act and the EU Artificial Intelligence Act. CIPP/E award holders will develop detailed knowledge of all aspects of privacy and data protection across the EU, including key terminology and practical concepts concerning the collection, processing, storage, use, transfers, sharing, disclosure, and disposal of personal information in today's digital economy.

The syllabus (body of knowledge) consists of three separate sections. The first section is the introduction to European data protection, which covers the institutional background and the legislation. The second section addresses European data protection laws and regulations, while the third deals with compliance and the application of the law in certain situations.

This CIPP/E course is delivered online for convenience and for the significant environmental and sustainability benefits it offers. Delegates can gain a recognised practitioner-level workplace qualification at home or from their desk by attending four consecutive 4-hour live online sessions across one week. This accredited IAPP course prepares participants for the 150-minute multiple-choice IAPP Exam.

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Who should attend this CIPP/E course?

Who should attend?

  • Data Protection Officers (DPOs)
  • Data Protection Professionals
  • Data Protection Lawyers
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Information Managers
  • Records Managers
  • AI Governance Professionals
  • Data Governance Professionals
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Security Managers
  • Anyone involved with data protection processes and programmes

What you will learn

  • Introduction to European Data Protection
  • EU Legislative Framework
  • Compliance with European Data Protection Law and Regulation
  • The role of the Data Protection Officer
  • Legal basis for processing
  • Cross-border data transfers

CIPP/E Body of Knowledge

This accredited CIPP/E training course is delivered online over 4 consecutive morning sessions (or 2 full days when provided in-company). 

The IAPP ensures the CIPP/E Body of Knowledge (BoK) is always relevant and up to date through consultation with its global community of information privacy practitioners and lawyers.

The CIPP/E is certified by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under ISO17024: 2012.

The following is extracted from the CIPP/E BoK version 1.3.1: 

Part 1: 
Introduction to European Data Protection
Origins and Historical Context of Data Protection Law:
   • Rationale for data protection
   • Human rights laws
   • Early laws and regulations
   • The need for a harmonised European approach
   • The Treaty of Lisbon
   • Convention 108+
   • Brexit
European Union Institutions
   • European Court of Human Rights
   • European Parliament
   • European Commission
   • European Council
   • Court of Justice of the European Union
Legislative Framework
   • CoE Convention (1981)
   • EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC)
   • EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (EU) 2002/58/EC (ePrivacy Directive)
   • EU Directive on Electronic Commerce (2000/31/EC)
   • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679
   • Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) (EU) 2015/2366
   • Data Governance Act (DGA) (EU) 2022/868
   • NIS Directive (2016) & NIS 2 Directive (EU) 2022/2555
   • Regulation (EU) 2018/1725
   • EU Artificial Intelligence Act (2021)
Part 2: 
European Data Protection Law and Regulation
Data Protection Concepts:
   • Personal data
   • Special categories of personal data
   • Pseudonymous and anonymous data
   • Processing
   • Controllers & Processors
   • Data subjects
Territorial and Material Scope of the General Data Protection Regulation
Data Processing Principles:
   • Fairness and lawfulness
   • Purpose limitation
   • Proportionality
   • Accuracy
   • Storage limitation (retention)
   • Integrity and confidentiality
Lawful Processing Criteria
Information Provision Obligations
Data Subjects' Rights
Security of Personal Data
   • Appropriate technical and organisational measures
   • Breach notification
   • Vendor Management
   • Data sharing
Accountability Requirements
   • Responsibility of controllers and processors
   • Data protection by design and by default
   • Documentation and cooperation with regulators
   • Data protection impact assessment (DPIA)
   • Mandatory data protection officers (DPOs)
   • Auditing of privacy programmes
International Data Transfers
   • Rationale for prohibition
   • Adequate jurisdictions
   • EU-US transfer mechanisms (Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield, and the EU-US Data Privacy Framework (DPF))
      - Implications of Schrems decisions
   • Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs)
   • Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs)
   • Codes of Conduct and Certifications
   • Derogations
   • Transfer impact assessments (TIAs)
Supervision and enforcement
   • Supervisory authorities and their powers
   • European Data Protection Board (EDPB)
   • European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
Consequences for GDPR violations
   • Process and procedures
   • Infringements and fines
   • Class actions
   • Data subject compensation
Part 3: 
Compliance with European Data Protection Law and Regulation
Employment Relationship
   • Legal basis for processing of employee data
   • Storage of personnel records
   • Workplace monitoring and data loss prevention
   • EU Works councils
   • Whistleblowing systems
   • Bring your own device (BYOD) programmes
Surveillance Activities
   • Surveillance by public authorities
   • Interception of communications
   • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
   • Geolocation
   • Biometrics & facial recognition
Direct Marketing
   • Telemarketing
   • Direct marketing
   • Online behavioural targeting
Internet Technology and Communications
   • Cloud computing
   • Web cookies
   • Search engine marketing (SEM)
   • Social media platforms
     - Dark patterns
   • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      - Machine learning (ML)
      - Ethical considerations

Unlimited 1-2-1 coaching & support

Once the training aspect of your CIPP/E course is complete, our trainers make themselves available throughout the self-study period leading up to the exam. We achieve this through email exchanges, one-to-one coaching sessions, and group online exam preparation days.

CIPP/E Exam Preparation

The topics covered in this CIPP/E exam preparation session include:

  • Exam technique
  • Timing
  • IAPP examination format
  • How to set up the exam space for online exams or what to expect if they are going to a test centre
  • How to read and answer IAPP exam questions properly
  • Group discussion covering any topics delegates want to revisit, along with any queries that have come up during revision.
  • Availability of the IAPP Practice exams paper and where to find it on the IAPP website and cost.

Following the examination prep day, the instructor will offer guidance for further study areas.

CIPP/E Examination 

IAPP CIPP/E Exam information

IAPP exams have gained a reputation for being difficult to pass. Both Freevacy and the IAPP strongly recommend careful preparation, even for experienced professionals.

The following information about the CIPP/E examination is an extract from documentation provided to delegates by the IAPP. For the full details please review the IAPP Privacy Certification Candidate Handbook 2023 and the CIPP/E Examination Blueprint.

Exam Information

IAPP certification programmes are designed to differentiate between candidates who do and who do not possess the knowledge required to be considered minimally qualified privacy professionals. All questions are multiple choice with some relating to scenarios. Each question has only one correct answer. Each item (question) consists of a clearly written question (stem), a correct or best response (key) that should be apparent to minimally qualified candidates and three incorrect responses (distractors) that will be plausible to not-minimally qualified candidates. Note that it is each candidate’s responsibility to be prepared for exams by being familiar with all elements of the Bodies of Knowledge.

Candidates are advised to read each question carefully. The stem may be in the form of an actual question or an incomplete statement. An exam question may require the candidate to choose the most appropriate answer based on a qualifier, such as MOST likely or BEST.

Total number of questions 90
Scored questions 75
Exam duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Passing score 300 out of 500


On all IAPP certification exams, each item has equal value and is scored as correct or incorrect. Unanswered items are considered incorrect, and there is no additional penalty for incorrect answers.

Special Accommodations

It is the policy of the IAPP to provide testing accommodations to candidates with qualifying disabilities to ensure each candidate a comparable opportunity for success on exams. We require 30 days notice in order to arrange special accommodations. Please do not schedule an exam until the IAPP approves your request. After exam purchase, submit your request and supporting documentation using the forms provided on the IAPP website.

Exam Languages

All IAPP examinations are administered in English. In addition, the CIPP/E exam is available in French and German.

CIPP/E Course Cost

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  • Multiple course booking discounts are only available for single delegates; both exams must be taken in a 12-month period.
Package includes:
  • 4 x 4-hour live online sessions across 4-days, or
  • 2-days for a traditional classroom setting
  • Authorised IAPP instructors
  • IAPP CIPP/E examination voucher
  • 1st-year IAPP professional membership (existing members, membership will be extended by 12 months)
  • Official CIPP/E courseware
  • Sample exam questions
  • 1-2-1 coaching and support
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Code Course Start Duration Location Booking
CIPP/E IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe 25 Mar 24 4 X 4hr Sessions Online Book now
17 Jun 24 4 X 4hr Sessions Online Book now

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E)

Starts: 25 Mar 24

Duration: 4 X 4hr Sessions

Location: Online

Book now

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E)

Starts: 17 Jun 24

Duration: 4 X 4hr Sessions

Location: Online

Book now

Julie Dennis - Training Director & CIPP/E Instructor

Julie is an information and data governance specialist with over 15 years experience, including 7 years as a data protection officer at a law enforcement agency. 

As an IAPP instructor, Julie delivers our CIPP/E and CIPM courses. Her expertise covers data protection law, privacy programme management, and implementing privacy-enhancing technologies. Julie's practical and informal approach to data protection training helps delegates to analyse and interpret legislative requirements before applying day-to-day practices.

Read Julie's full bio for more information about her qualifications and experience.

Freevacy has been shortlisted in the Best Educator category.
The PICCASO Privacy Awards recognise the people making an outstanding contribution to this dynamic and fast-growing sector.