Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection



Distance Learning Programme

The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (“PC.dp”), the world's leading practical qualification on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now available on a Distance Learning basis.


Study the qualification in your own time, at home or in the officeThe Programme

The Distance Learning Programme provides candidates with the opportunity to study the material in their own time and at their own pace, either at home or in the office. The comprehensive materials consist of 14 learning modules. Each module contains self-assessment questions (with answers) to allow candidates to test their knowledge and to prepare for the online examination.


The Exam

When candidates are ready, they can proceed to take the online examination. The examination is ‘open book’, meaning that candidates can refer to their materials, books and notes during the examination.


The Fee

The fee for the Distance Learning Programme is £2,395 plus VAT / €2,695 / US$3,295 . A discount of 10% is available for each additional candidate from your organisation enrolling at the same time.


PC.dp GDPR Conversion online exam

Self-study Programme enables you to learn at your own pace

Syllabus and Examination Board

The Syllabus for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Programme is available for download here. Information on the Members of the Examination Board is available here


Register of Qualified Data Protection Practitioners

The online register of those who have gained the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection can viewed here

Further Information

If you have a query about the Programme, please:

  • visit the online FAQs
  • telephone PDP on +44 (0)207 014 3399
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Three easy ways to enrol onto the Programme:

  • apply online
  • telephone PDP on +44 (0)207 014 3399
  • contact us by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Continuing Professional Development

The GDPR requires data protection professionals to maintain their knowledge on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the Examination Board has stipulated that candidates are required to complete one designated training course per year after the first anniversary of successfully completing their qualification. Designated training courses are listed in the online FAQs. Distance Learning candidates will be able to complete the designated courses on a distance learning basis.



The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is accredited by the United Kingdom Law Society and the Bar Council with 25 hours CPD, as well as by the Institute of Banking, the LIA and the Insurance Institute of Ireland.


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"If you are looking for a specialised course and a formal qualification in Data Protection, then this course is exactly what you need. The distance learning method involving video lectures and course material is comprehensive and allows you to study at your convenience and from the comfort of your home. I highly recommend PDP."
David Cauchi
Head of Compliance
Malta Data Protection Commissioner's Office



"The Distance Learning Programme has afforded me a global perspective on issues of data privacy. Having successfully completed the course, I feel further equipped and empowered to provide expert advice to public officers and members of the public on matters of data privacy. Indeed, I am delighted to join a cadre of globally recognized data protection professionals."
Chadwick Noel
Freedom of Information Officer
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


"The practitioner certificate is a must for anyone working with Data Protection. I am delighted to have passed the certification and look forward to applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program"
Julie Groves
Information Assurance
Capital One


"I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening in a number of areas. I have managed to apply the knowledge gained through the course already in my day to day role."
Brendan Byrne
Senior Managing Consultant Security & Privacy


"The structure and contents of the Practitioner Certificate are world class. PDP has not only groomed credible practitioners in Europe, but also globally, via its up-to-date pragmatic modules. First class without a doubt!"
Noriswadi Ismail
Quotient Consulting (Malaysia)


"The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is an invaluable course for those practising in the area of data protection."
Olive McDaid
Senior Lawyer
KPMG Legal Services


"The qualification sets a recognised standard for data protection professionals, which clearly demonstrates a level of expertise that is able to offer confidence to businesses and individuals alike. I am delighted to have passed the exam."
Graham Bunce
General Manager
Appco Group


"The course material was comprehensive and challenging. In this regard, the qualification is extremely useful and provides me with the confidence to deal with such issues."
Stephen Laffan
Data Breach Investigation Officer
Office of the Data Protection Commissioner


"I found this to be an enjoyable and challenging course, tailored to those who seek an industry recognised qualification."
Rich Brameld
Data Protection and Compliance Manager
RWE Npower PLC


"The study for the DP Practitioners Certificate was challenging but ultimately very informative and rewarding. I now take great pride in the fact that when I speak to the Aviva business on a DP matter I know that I’m qualified to do so"
Paul Davidson
Data Protection Specialist


"Taking this course and preparing for the exam has given me the confidence to deal and advise on a wealth data protection topics. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who deals with data protection questions in their workplace and/or wants to gain a better understanding of the subject."
Michelle Hayward
Senior Corporate Counsel


"I am delighted to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. The knowledge I acquired during the programme as a whole has, and will continue to be put to good use in my role as Data Protection Officer."
John Poole
Controls Manager
Sun Life Financial of Canada


"The course was very enjoyable and engaging. The examination was based on applying legislation and knowledge to practical cases rather than a test of how much information you could remember. I am delighted that I passed the exam and to have a qualification that is very much respected, as well as letters after my name!"
Bleneta Carr
Pearson Education


"I am delighted to have achieved this qualification. The Certificate sets a recognised standard for data protection professionals and it has provided me with the knowledge and confidence of data protection requirements."
Joanne Maurizi
Assistant Manager


"Attaining the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection evidences that I have the in-depth knowledge and understanding of data protection issues required to ensure our firm remains compliant with the requirements of the legislation."
Helen Hassen
Quality & Investigations Manager
Brewin Dolphin


"Synectics Solutions recognises that compliance with data protection regulation is critical to all organisations that handle personal information. It has never had a greater focus than at the present time. Having looked at the training and professional qualifications available, we concluded that the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection was the most appropriate for our business."
Steve Sands
Head of Security
Synectics Solutions


"I am extremely proud and pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I found the courses and the exam thought provoking, it has made me realise that Data Protection is a much bigger subject than I envisaged. I now feel confident having a recognised qualification under my belt."
Emma Drew
Data Protection Analyst, Compliance
Canada Life


"I am very pleased to have passed. The programme was both challenging and informative. I feel more confident in my role as a Data Protection Officer and the qualification gives my organisation confidence in my knowledge and skills."
Pamela Forde
Archive Manager
Royal College of Physicians


"This qualification is the foundation for supporting my colleagues across the diverse business areas."
Linda Downey
Information Risk and Privacy


"I am delighted to have gained this qualification. It was an excellent course and a valuable and interesting experience."
Alexandra Bain
Senior Legal Counsel
Cable & Wireless Communications


"I'm so pleased to have achieved this qualification. The course content was excellent."
Cindy Knott
Professional Support Lawyer
Slaughter & May


"I am delighted to have passed the examination and I now feel much more qualified to work in this field."
Judith Hills
Legal Associate
Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd


"The exam required thorough revision of all material provided. I am proud of having achieved this valuable qualification"
Sabine Duffy
Legal Counsel


"I am really pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. I feel more confident in my role as Data Protection Officer having undertaken this comprehensive study."
Claire Dumbleton
Knowledge Manager
The Society and College of Radiographers


"I am delighted to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. The end-of-course examination was challenging and successfully obtaining this professional qualification has given me greater confidence and a more extensive knowledge base to go forward in my career."
Matthew James
Privacy & Communications Advisor