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GDPR - Certified Data Protection Officer

Why should you attend?

The Certified Data Protection Officer training course enables you to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to effectively implement and manage a compliance framework with regard to the protection of personal data.

After mastering all the necessary concepts of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified Data Protection Officer” credential. By holding a PECB Certified Data Protection Officer Certificate, you will be able to demonstrate that you have the practical knowledge and professional capabilities to assist organizations in applying data protection laws and regulations.

Who should attend?

  • Project managers or consultants seeking to prepare and support an organization in planning, implementing, and maintaining a compliance program based on the GDPR
  • DPO and Senior Managers responsible for the personal data protection of an enterprise and the management of its risks
  • Members of an information security, incident management and business continuity team
  • Expert advisors involved in the security of personal data
  • Technical experts and compliance experts seeking to prepare for a Data Protection Officer role

Learning objectives

  • Understand the basic concepts and components of the Data Protection Regulation
  • Understand the content of and the correlation between the General Data Protection Regulation and other regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the concepts, approaches, methods and techniques for the effective protection of personal data
  • Interpret the data protection requirements and develop the expertise to support an organization in planning, implementing, managing, monitoring and maintaining a compliance framework with regard to the GDPR

Educational approach

  • Lecture sessions are illustrated with practical questions and examples.
  • Practical exercises include examples and discussions.
  • The participants are encouraged to intercommunicate and engage in discussions and exercises. 
  • Exercise questions are similar to the certification exam questions.


A fundamental understanding of the GDPR and primary knowledge of the present data protection legal requirements.

Course agenda

Day 1: Introduction to the GDPR concepts, principles and processing activities

Day 2: Initiating and planning the implementation of the GDPR Compliance Program

Day 3: Deploying and Operating the GDPR Compliance Program

Day 4: Monitoring and continual improvement of the GDPR compliance

Day 5: Certification exam


The “PECB Certified Data Protection Officer” exam complies with the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP) requirements. The exam covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Data protection concepts, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and compliance measures

Domain 2: Roles and responsibilities of the Data Controllers, Subcontractors, Processors and the Data Protection Officer (DPO)

Domain 3: Technical and organizational measures for data protection 

In case the candidates fail the exam, they can retake the exam within twelve months following the initial exam for free.

*Note: This applies only to the candidates who have attended the training course.

For detailed information on the PECB examination process, please visit Examination Rules and Policies.


After successfully passing the exam, you can apply for the credential shown in the table below. You will receive the certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential. Certification fees are included in the exam price.

For more information about the certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.

The requirements for PECB Data Protection Certifications are:

Credential Exam Professional experience DPMS project experience Other requirements
PECB Certified Provisional Data Protection Officer PECB Certified Data Protection Officer Exam None None Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified Data Protection Officer PECB Certified Data Protection Officer Exam or equivalent Five years: Two years of work experience in Data Protection Data Protection activities: a total of 300 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

To be considered valid, these implementation activities should follow best implementation practices and include the following activities:

  1. Drafting a Data Protection plan
  2. Initiating a Data Protection implementation
  3. Implementing a Data Protection Policy
  4. Monitoring and managing a Data Protection implementation
  5. Performing continual improvement measures

General Information

  • Participants will be provided with the training material containing over 450 pages of explanatory information and practical examples. 
  • An Attendance Record worth 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to the participants who have attended the course.

Training Days
CPD Certification
Exam Duration hours
Retake Exam
Language : English
Type : Classroom
Certification Fees: Included in the exam
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