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 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.



BCS GDPR and FOI CoursesExpand all

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 GDPR Update Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

The GDPR Update Practitioner Certificate is the direct upgrade path for existing BCS Practitioner Certificate holders who are looking to advance their knowledge of the GDPR. 

This course is intended for Data Protection Officers and other compliance professionals who have already obtained the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection prior to the 31st January 2018.

You should attend if it is vital to possess an understanding of the GDPR to do your job or where your effectiveness in your role would be enhanced by being able to apply the new requirements practically.

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

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IAPP Certification Programme

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest multi-national information privacy community with over 42000 members worldwide. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organisation that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

The IAPP is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers. It provides a series of advanced information privacy certifications, designed for professionals who are responsible for managing, handling and protecting personal data.

According to an article written by Eric Lachaud in International Data Privacy Law, a journal published by Oxford University Press - The combination of IAPP's Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E), as well as the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), covers all the domains of knowledge required to hold the role of Data Protection Officer (DPO) under the GDPR.

Whether you are taking your first step of awareness, or are ready for certification as a Data Protection Professional, the IAPP and Freevacy are here to help you along the way.



IAPP GDPR Courses

IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe

This practitioner certificate from the IAPP is recommended for Data Protection Officers and other managers responsible for privacy operations. 

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Data Protection Managers
  • Data Protection Lawyers
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Information Managers
  • Records Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Anyone involved with data protection processes and programmes

The course is 2-days, with a separate IAPP 2 hours 30 minutes (90 question) exam.

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IAPP Certified Information Privacy Manager

This practitioner certificate from the IAPP is recommended for Data Protection Officers and other managers responsible for privacy operations. 

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Data Protection Managers
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Information Managers
  • Auditors
  • Security Managers
  • Anyone involved with data protection processes and programmes

The course is 2-days, with a separate IAPP 2 hours 30 minutes (90 question) exam.

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IAPP CIPPE and CIPM Combination course

This combined CIPP/E and CIPM practitioner certificate from the IAPP is recommended for Data Protection Officers and other managers responsible for privacy operations. 

It is ideally suited to:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Data Protection Professionals
  • Data Protection Lawyers
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Information Managers
  • Records Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Anyone who uses, processes and maintains personal data

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

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Bespoke Information Rights & GDPR Training

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 that certain situations benefit from training which is tailored to meet specific information handling practices or sensitive environments.

Our bespoke GDPR and FOI training offer the option to adapt selected topics according to your industry, department and the level of attendee. 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 your compliance training will be delivered more efficiently and according to budget.

Training can be delivered at our Bedford facility or from your location.

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