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EU GDPR Data Protection Officer Course

This free online course is intended for those performing the role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO). As a beginner-level course, no prior knowledge of EU GDPR or experience with the privacy role is necessary. You will learn everything you need to know about EU GDPR as well as the requirements for the DPO.

After completing the course, you will have the option to take an online certification exam. After passing the exam, you will receive a certificate proving that you know all the requirements of EU GDPR and that you are fully competent in performing the role of Data Protection Officer.

This course is organized into 13 modules (content for each module is listed below), and each module has several video lectures and practical activities that will help you learn more quickly.  At the end of each module, a practice test will prepare you for the certification exam. All the video lectures are pre-recorded, conveniently allowing access to the course from anywhere at any time.

  • The total course duration, including the reading of required materials, is approximately 15 hours.
  • Materials provided in the course (video lectures, articles, and activity questions) will teach you all the information you need in order to pass the certification exam.
  • There is no time limit to complete the course, but once you begin, it is recommended that you finish within two weeks’ time.
  • The access to this course and to the practice exams is completely free; the fee for the online certification exam is 449 EUR – after you pass the exam you’ll receive your certificate in a matter of days.

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Introduction to the course 00:00:00
Module 1: Privacy origins and GDPR basics
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Short history of privacy legislation 00:00:00
The General Data Protection Regulation 00:00:00
Related frameworks 00:00:00
Key terms 00:00:00
Key roles 00:00:00
Top myths about GDPR 00:00:00
Business activities that are most impacted by GDPR 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 2: Legitimate purposes and principles
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Legitimate purposes of processing personal data 00:00:00
GDPR principles 00:00:00
Understanding the principles through an example 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 3: Transparency through Privacy Notice
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
The basics of Privacy Notices 00:00:00
Requirements and contents of a Privacy Notice 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 4: Inventory of processing activities and retention
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Inventory of Processing Activities – why and what? 00:00:00
Retention of personal data – why and what? 00:00:00
Fulfilling inventory and retention requirements – who and how? 00:00:00
Specific information required for controllers 00:00:00
Specific information required for processors 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 5: Consent and Data Subject Access Requests
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Consent – the basics 00:00:00
How and when to ask for consent 00:00:00
Data subject rights 00:00:00
Basic rules for data subject access rights (DSAR) 00:00:00
DSAR requests 00:00:00
DSAR exemptions and rejections 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 6: Data Protection Impact Assessment and risk assessments
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
What is Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)? 00:00:00
Step 1: Listing and grouping data processing activities 00:00:00
Steps 2 and 3: The threshold questionnaire & determining if DPIA is needed 00:00:00
Step 4: Answer the Data Protection Impact Assessment questionnaire 00:00:00
Steps 5 and 6: Identify and list key security risks 00:00:00
Step 7: Recording the implementation; maintenance 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 7: Security of personal data and privacy by design
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
What is privacy by design? 00:00:00
Policies to be implemented to ensure security of personal data 00:00:00
Best practices to implement privacy by design policies 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 8: Data transfers and managing third parties
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Introduction to data transfers 00:00:00
How can data transfers be enabled? 00:00:00
Managing third parties 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 9: Data breaches
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
The data breach basics 00:00:00
Data breach response 00:00:00
Data breach notifications 00:00:00
After a data breach 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 10: DPO basics
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Why does a company need a DPO? 00:00:00
The responsibilities of the DPO 00:00:00
Responsibilities towards the DPO 00:00:00
Hiring an external DPO 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 11: Defining the organisational approach to privacy
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
The first thing to do as a DPO 00:00:00
Getting the buy-in from top management 00:00:00
Identifying the key stakeholders 00:00:00
How do you get buy-in from your key stakeholders? 00:00:00
Define a Personal Data Protection Policy 00:00:00
Setting up privacy governance 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 12: Setting up a Privacy Program
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Making a choice about internal or external resources 00:00:00
Choosing an external consultant 00:00:00
Set up the project management 00:00:00
Choosing the right project manager 00:00:00
Key steps in your project 00:00:00
Conducting a Gap Analysis 00:00:00
Advanced risk management 00:00:00
Treating the risks 00:00:00
Communication 00:00:00
Awareness and training 00:00:00
Key deliverables for compliance with GDPR 00:00:00
Monitor the implementation 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Module 13: Sustaining and improving compliance
Introduction and suggested reading 00:00:00
Methods for sustaining and improving compliance 00:00:00
Internal audit 00:00:00
Handling existing contracts with third parties 00:00:00
Handling new contracts with third parties 00:00:00
Regular reviews and improvement actions 00:00:00
Keep looking forward 00:00:00
Related documentation 00:00:00
Practice exam 00:00:00
Instructions for taking the exam and obtaining the certificate 00:00:00

Course Reviews

  1. Excellent

    Wonderful Training on GDPR.. Clear and Crisp, i would recommend all Privacy Professionals to take up this course and obtain the certification.

    5
  2. Very good lecture

    Very good lecture and his explanations are very nice .

    5
  3. DPO course helped shed some light on a rather new and vague field

    As stated in the title this course helped me better understand this rather new field. It gives documentation and references to specific articles. In my opinion the videos are short , concise and well structured per chapters.
    I am a big fan of unlimited access no completion time limit classes, these allow me to study around my schedule.

    All in all I would recommend this course with or without a certification to anyone who wants to be involved in this or just have a better understanding of the general GDPR and DPO concept.

    5
  4. Clear, concise and authoritative for the beginner to mid-level data protection student or professional

    1) The DPO specific content was found to be to a very high standard with excellent animated video support. This does not come as a surprise, given my long experience with the excellent ISO deliverables of this company.
    Despite the statements made below I would certainly recommend this course unreservedly, even if it is to be used as a refresher.
    2) It was always going to be expected that the “EU GDPR Foundations Course” material would be integrated. Also, there are very regular references to the EU GDPR Academy’s own documentation, which often requires payment; that said I have just downloaded the sample set and am very impressed with its content and coverage.
    3) The ‘Activity’ test questions below each unit tended to be a little trivial, I nearly always answered them first. Similarly the ‘PRACTICE EXAM’ questions may not need the student to actually undertake the course.
    4) This course faces partial competition from the respective IAPP (CIPP/E), IT Governance Ltd. (Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner) and theKnowledgeacademy (Certified Data Protection Officer) courses; the first 2 offering ISO accreditation and thus post-nominals – though at a far more significant cost!!

    5
  5. Great course

    I really enjoyed the course, it gave me a clear picture and helped me improve my understanding of the GDPR. Questions and practice exams should be a little more challenging in order to really assess understanding a preparation.

    5
  6. This is a userful course to prepare the DPO.

    I learned more about GDPR before to follow this course and I say that I can evaluate objective this one. In my opinion this course is the best choice to prepare a DPO.

    5
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Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can attend the course as long as you like; however, you should try to finish it in a couple of weeks because otherwise, you won’t get enough benefits out of it.

You can access it any time – the course is a combination of recorded video lectures, quizzes, reading, and other activities, and because all those materials are readily available, you can access them at a time that is convenient for you.

None. The course was made in such a way that a beginner in this topic can easily understand it.

Well, we have to make money somehow :). We have made most of the course freely available, but to access the exam and get the certificate you’ll have to pay a fee – by the way, this fee is by far smaller than the fee for attending the classroom-type course.

The exam, as well as the whole course, is completely done online, from your office, your home, or any other place convenient for you. For the exam we use an online proctoring service – click here to learn more.

After you finish attending the course, you can go for the exam – if you finish this exam successfully, i.e., if your score is above the minimum, then you will receive the certificate. By the way, during the exam we use an online proctoring service that will ask for proof of your identity, and make sure that you have taken the exam with no external help. Click here to learn more about online proctoring.

The course is a combination of recorded video lectures, quizzes, reading, and other activities – the course takes you through all these materials in an optimal way.

You can access the course using your PC, Mac, or mobile device, using any major browser (i.e., Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Safari); a broadband Internet link will also be needed. And, of course, enough time to attend the course.

The materials provided in the course – recorded video lectures, quizzes, reading, and other activities – are everything you need to successfully pass the exam and obtain the certificate. The best part is: they are completely free with unlimited access!

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