Should you take a GDPR or DPO training course?

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has led to a surge in interest in data protection training courses. 

Education is particularly important for anyone taking on the responsibilities of the DPO (data protection officer), a position that’s become a formal requirement for many organisations. 

But how should you pursue training? Should you enrol on a DPO training course or would you be better off taking a course that covers the entirety of the GDPR? 

To answer that question, we first need to discuss what the DPO’s role is and how it fits into the GDPR. 

What a DPO does 

A DPO is an independent expert who advises organisations on how to comply with their data protection requirements. Their tasks include: 

  • Advising staff on the way they manage data protection; 
  • Monitoring the organisation’s data protection policies and procedures; 
  • Advising management on whether DPIAs (data protection impact assessments) are necessary; 
  • Serving as the point of contact between the organisation and its supervisory authority; and 
  • Serving as a point of contact for individuals on privacy matters. 

As you can see, many of these tasks aren’t just about understanding the GDPR, but communicating its requirements, and explaining why the rules are in place and what the organisation needs to do about them. 

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DPOs require specialist training 

The particular skills required to be a DPO means you should consider GDPR and DPO training two separate, albeit related, topics. 

Think of it like becoming a tutorYou need to be an expert in your field of study before you go on a teacher training course and be placed in a school. 

Both GDPR and DPO courses provide essential guidance to help you fulfil the DPO’s responsibilities, and although there is some crossover, they are significantly different. 

IT Governance offers two training courses dedicated to the fundamentals of the GDPR. 

Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (GDPR) Training CourseOur Foundation training course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Regulation, explaining the core concepts and terminologyThis one-day course is ideal for those who handle personal data on a regular basis and need an understanding of their data processing obligations. 

Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner (GDPR) Training CourseThose looking for more in-depth coverage of the GDPR would be better suited to the four-day Practitioner training course. It provides greater technical detail and includes guidance on how to apply the Regulation’s requirements. 


Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Masterclass Training Course

The course also covers the responsibilities of the DPO but not in as much detail as our Certified Data Protection Officer Masterclass Training Course, which helps you understand: 

  • The requirements for the appointment of a DPO; 
  • The tasks of the DPO and their relationship to the data controller and data processor; 
  • How to demonstrate key training skills; 
  • How to monitor GDPR compliance; 
  • The DPO’s role regarding staff awareness training; 
  • The purpose of data inventories and data flow mapping; 
  • The DPO’s role in incident management and response; 
  • When and how to carry out a DPIA; and 
  • Cross-border data processing requirements, particularly in relation to Cloud service providers. 

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