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BCS Data Protection Practitioner Certificate - Virtual Classroom

Course Overview

Our BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is aimed at experienced Data Protection professionals, and individuals looking to build on the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection.

Through this training you will gain a deeper understanding of current laws, such as the EU GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, as well as learning how they need to be applied into your organisation.

If you have not already completed your BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection we suggest you enrol onto that course first before progressing onto the practitioner level.  

This advanced Data Protection training course provides you with a deeper understanding of UK data protection law, GDPR, and the UK Data Protection Act 2018. You will gain a thorough understanding of how these protective laws should be applied into your business, and how you can help your organisation to be compliant in the way you process your customers personal information.

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection has been developed for delegates looking to gain an advanced understanding of the elements of the UK and Europe data protection law and how to adhere to them within your organisation.

Upon completion of this course you will earn an industry recognised practitioner certificate in data protection. 

This course benefits from 1-year BCS membership and our Exam Pass Guarantee. 

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 615,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • Fully Accredited Qualifications
  • 1-year BCS membership included
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Join a community of over 615,000
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Exam Pass Guarantee*
  • Fully Accredited Qualifications
  • 1-year BCS membership included
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Why study the BCS Data Protection Practitioner course with e-Careers? 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 605,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training.

By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates. 

You will also benefit from:

  •    Exam Pass Guarantee*.
  •    1-year BCS membership included (worth £92)
  •    Fast-track your learning with our Virtual Classroom course.
  •    Enhance your career prospects.
  •    Learn from expert trainers, with vast experience in this field.
  •    We offer interest-free payment options.

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BCS Membership Benefits

This course benefits from 1 years BCS membership worth £92, which is eligible from the moment you pass your first exam.

Benefits of this associate’s membership include:

  •    Professional recognition
  •    Career development
  •    Networking 
  •    Knowledge and best practice 
  •    Exclusive discounts and offer

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How does the Exam Pass Guarantee work?

We have found our Virtual Classroom training has provided higher pass rates, which has made us confident to offer an Exam Pass Guarantee, so you know we’ll support you until you are certified.

With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you do not pass the exam after attending this training course with us, you will be eligible to attend the same training again for free.

All we ask is that you:

  •    Attend all class days and complete all assignments
  •    Take the exam within 30 days of completing your Virtual Classroom training
  •    Request your course re-enrolment within 30 days of the failed exam attempt

Please Note:

Students retaking the course are required to use any materials or books distributed to them in their original course session. Failure to provide these materials will result in the student being charged for replacement materials.

*Exam Pass Guarantee does not include the resit exam; this would need to be purchased at an additional cost.

Is the BCS Data Protection Practitioner course suitable for me?   

This qualification has been designed for individuals who have, or who are looking to have, some responsibility for data protection within their business. Those who need to understand the changes required to help their business become, or remain GDPR compliant, will benefit from this training course.

Delegates who have already studied the their BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection and looking to gain a more in-depth knowledge of interpreting and applying the principles of data protection legislation and the GDPR, would also find this training useful.

While it is not a prerequisite, it would be beneficial for delegates to have already studied the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection before undertaking this training.

What jobs can I apply for after my BCS Data Protection Practitioner course? 

While this training would be useful for many different backgrounds and job titles, we do find this qualification typically benefits individuals who work in the following areas:

  •    Data Protection and Privacy - £23K+
  •    Marketing and Sales professionals - £30K+
  •    Human Resources - £31K+
  •    Data Management - £31K+
  •    Project Management - £44K+
  •    Legal and procurement - £47K+
  •    Information Governance, risk, and compliance - £48K+
  •    Information Security and IT - £53K+
  •    Directors/Senior Managers with Data Protection responsibilities - £100K+

(Source: Payscale)

BCS Data Protection Practitioner Syllabus  

Learning Outcomes

  •    Gain an understanding of the key changes and the associated implications that the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 introduce to data protection.
  •    Gain an understanding of individual and organisational responsibilities under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act, particularly the need for effective record keeping.
  •    Be able to apply the new rights available to data subjects and understand the implications of those rights.
  •    Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the designation, position, and role / tasks of a data protection officer.
  •    Be able to prepare organisations to manage and handle personal data in compliance with the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act.

Context (7.5%)

  •    Explain the concepts of data protection and privacy.
  •    Describe the history of data protection in the UK.
  •    Illustrate how the wider territorial scope and jurisdiction of the GDPR impacts the processing of personal data by global organisations, including those who may not have a business (legal entity) established within the EU.

Principles of data protection and applicable terminology (5%)

  •    Interpret the major definitions in the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. They should also be able to explain these definitions and identify what information and processing activities are subject to the GDPR.

Lawful bases for processing of personal data (5%)

  •    Illustrate the lawful bases to process personal data listed under (Article 6) of the GDPR.  and as displayed below:
  •    Describe the conditions for processing special category data and the exemptions (Article 9).

Governance and accountability of data protection within organisations (20%)

  •    Identify the accountability and data governance obligation (Article 5 (2)).
  •    Describe the purpose of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).
  •    Demonstrate the process of conducting a DPIA.
  •    Explain what a record of processing activity is, the information it should contain and why this is important (Article 30).
  •    Outline the interplay with privacy notices (Article 13 & 14).
  •    Demonstrate how to adopt a data protection by design and by default approach (Article 25).
  •    Identify suitable information security measures (Article 32).
  •    Explain the designation, position, and tasks of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) (Article 37 to 39).

Interaction between controller and processor, and role of third parties (10%)

  •    Explain controller and processor obligations and identify principles raised under key case law (Article 24 & 28).
  •    Describe the concept of joint controllership (Article 26)
  •    Describe the act of processing under the authority of a controller or processor (Article 29)
  •    Explain what a Data Processing Agreement is and when it would be necessary in a controller-processor arrangement.
  •    Identify who would be considered as a recipient or a third party and how this works in practice.

Transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations (2.5%)

  •    Recognise the general principles for transferring personal data to third countries and illustrate what issues might arise.

Data subject rights (5%)

  •    Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the key rights granted to individuals (Articles 12 to 17 and 21 to 22). Specifically, you will be able to explain data subject rights.
  •    Express awareness of the following rights in addition to the above. However, these will not be examined in the Practitioner Certificate.
  •    Restriction of processing (Article 18)
  •    Obligation to notify the rectification, erasure or restriction to recipients and the data subject (Article 19).
  •    Portability (Article 20)
  •    Demonstrate knowledge of the restrictions and exemptions that may affect data subject rights
  •    Restrictions (Article 23)
  •    Exemptions (Schedule 2 - Parts 1 to 4 of DPA 18)

The role of supervisory authorities (SAs) (7.5%)

  •    Explain the role and importance of supervisory authorities.
  •    Explain the Role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as the UK SA.
  •    Describe the Role of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) (Articles 64, 65 & 70).

Breaches, Enforcement and Liability (12.5%)

  •    Explain what constitutes a personal data breach
  •    Explain when the obligation arises to report breaches of personal data (Articles 33 & 34)
  •    Explain how a data protection complaint arises (Article 57 (1)(f))
  •    Describe the sanctions that could be imposed because of a personal data breach or data protection complaint:
  •    Identify the role of tribunal and judicial courts

Processing of personal data in relation to children (2.5%)

  •    Explain how data protection legislation applies to children.

Specific provisions in data protection legislation of relevance to public authorities (7.5%)

  •    Define the meanings of public authority and public body and how it relates to both DPA 18 and the GDPR (Section 7 of DPA 18).
  •    Explain the provisions relating to Data Protection Officers (DPOs) for public authorities.
  •    Explain awareness of the existence of the exemptions for health social work and education (Schedule 3, DPA 18).

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR) 2003 (5%)

  •    Explain the relationship between PECR and the GDPR, including PECR’s.
  •    Explain the status of PECR and the likely future development of this legislation.

Application of data protection legislation in key areas of industry (10%)

  •    Recognise the data protection implications of the Employment Practices Code.
  •    Describe how the use of CCTV (Data Protection Code of Practice for surveillance cameras and personal information) is governed by data protection law.
  •    Identify how the use of cookies and digital technologies is governed by data protection law
  •    Explain how data sharing practices are governed by data protection law
  •    Explain the exemptions for journalism and freedom of expression under data protection law

BCS Data Protection Practitioner Exam Details

Exam format - Multiple-choice.

Number of questions – 40.

Duration - 90-Mins.

Supervised - Yes.

Open book - No.

Pass mark – 26/40 (65%).

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