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Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Training Course

Certified Data Protection Officer (C-DPO) Training Course

SKU: 5004
  • Learn how to fulfil the DPO (data protection officer) role as defined by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • Includes practical exercises to learn how to conduct DPIAs (data protection impact assessments) and fulfil DSARs (data subject access requests)
  • IBITGQ accredited four-day training course.
  • Successful completion of the data protection officer course and included exam leads to the ISO 17024-certificated C-DPO Provisional Level qualification and 28 CPD/CPE points.
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The C-DPO training course outline

The GDPR introduced significant new responsibilities for all organisations that process personal data. It extends the data rights of individuals (data subjects) so that they have better control over how their personal data is processed, and requires data controllers and processors to implement and maintain “appropriate technical and organisational measures” to protect personal data.

Organisations face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover for breaches.

Some organisations must appoint a DPO (data protection officer) to oversee their organisation’s data protection activities. Moreover, many others voluntarily appoint someone to the role.

This four-day training course gives attendees the knowledge and operational skills to act as a DPO in the EU and ensure that GDPR compliance is achieved and maintained effectively.

C-DPO training course benefits

 Delivered by an experienced privacy consultant

This course covers the DPO role and how it fits in with other departments of the organisation.

 Designed by experts

Designed by the team that led the world’s first certified GDPR Foundation and Practitioner training course

 Hands-on study

Using practical examples and exercises, attendees will learn how to conduct the DPO role with regard to DPIAs, DSARs and other obligations.


Attendees will learn everything they need to act as a DPO within their organisation and ensure that GDPR compliance is expertly designed, implemented and maintained.

 Learn from anywhere

Choose whether you attend Live Online or in person at one of our training venues.

Who should attend this course?

Staff who have been appointed a DPO and need further training to fulfil their, or individuals who would like to become a DPO.

Your learning path

Find out how the Certified Data Protection Officer Training Course will help you start or enhance your knowledge and career.

This course is an essential component of the following learning path:

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Why choose IT Governance for your training needs?

  • Our experienced, knowledgeable trainers have extensive experience and can answer questions with real-life examples.
  • We introduced the world’s first certified GDPR training courses and the only ones that are ISO 17024-certificated. 
  • We are Europe’s premier GDPR training provider. 
  • We offer more GDPR training dates and locations that anyone else.
  • We have trained more than 8,000 professionals on the GDPR. 
  • Our DPO services team created the course based on their practical knowledge of the DPO role in real organisations.
Course details

What does this training course cover?

  • The legal background of the GDPR and how it relates to freedom of information legislation, the Law Enforcement Directive and relevant EU member state laws.
  • The GDPR’s requirements for appointing a DPO, the DPO’s position and tasks, and the requirements for data controllers and processors. 
  • How to inform and advise data controllers and processors of their GDPR obligations. 
  • Essential skills to help DPOs inform and advise. 
  • How to monitor compliance with the GDPR.
  • Liaising with data subjects and supervisory authorities.
  • The DPO’s role in awareness-raising and staff training. 
  • All aspects of data processing. 
  • The purpose of data inventories, data flow mapping and the processing records required by Article 30. 
  • DSARs (data subject access requests) and the DPO’s role in facilitating them.
  • The DPO’s role in incident management and response, and in data breach reporting. 
  • When and how to carry out a DPIA (data protection impact assessment).
  • Cross-border data processing requirements, particularly in relation to Cloud service providers. 

What’s included in this course?

Course materials, lunch and the exam are all included in this course.

What equipment should I bring?

You will be sent the course materials before the course, so please bring them with you, as well as a pop-up enabled laptop or tablet on which to sit the exam. 

Course duration and times

Live Online CET/CEST

  • Day 1: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 2: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 3: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 4: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Live Online EET/EEST

  • Day 1: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Day 2: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Day 3: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Day 4: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

CPD/CPE points

This course is equivalent of 28 CPD/CPE points.

Exams and qualifications

C-DPO Foundation exam

Attendees take the ISO 17024-certificated online C-DPO exam set by IBITGQ
(International Board for IT Governance Qualifications). There is no extra charge for this exam.

  • Delivery method: Online
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Questions: 150
  • Format: Multiple choice

What qualifications will I receive?

Candidates who pass the exam are awarded the C-DPO (Provisional) qualification by IBITGQ.

To achieve fully Certified DPO status and obtain the C-DPO Professional qualification awarded by IBITGQ, you must provide evidence of 36 months of DPO work experience and 50 CPD learning hours.


This course holds accreditation from IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications), a renowned authority in personnel certification within the field of IT governance.

As a premier personnel certification body, IBITGQ specialises in certifying individuals who demonstrate exceptional proficiency in IT governance practices.

IBITGQ maintains accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, a globally recognised benchmark for conformity assessment. Accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) further underscores the course's commitment to meeting stringent certification requirements.

ISO 17024 certification is esteemed within the industry and universally acknowledged by employers worldwide. By aligning with this standard, our course ensures that your qualifications are not only recognised but also highly valued by employers across diverse sectors.

Upon successful completion of the course, you have the opportunity to validate your professional expertise by registering your qualification on the esteemed IBITGQ/GASQ successful candidate register. This platform serves as a testament to your commitment to excellence in IT governance, setting you apart as a distinguished professional in the field.

Do I need to bring proof of identity?

Candidates must bring a form of photographic ID with them as the invigilator may ask to check it before the exam.

How will I receive my exam results and certificates?

Provisional exam results will be given immediately after completing the exam and confirmed results will be sent to your email address within 10 working days. Successful candidates will also receive their certificate. 

Can exams be retaken?

Yes. If you are unsuccessful on the first attempt you can retake the exam for an additional fee.Email us to schedule the retest for the exam. 


Are there any prerequisites for this course?

Before joining this course, you must have passed the Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation examination. 

Please make sure you revise the topics covered in the Foundation course before attending the C-DPO Masterclass, as Foundation-level information that will not be revisited might be included in the exam.

Is there any recommended reading?

We recommend one or more of the following: 

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