Certificate in GDPR Practice

A higher level qualification for experienced DPOs

Advanced Certificate in GDPR Practice

A higher level qualification for experienced Data Protection Officers

The Advanced Certificate in GDPR Practice is a new qualification designed to help experienced Data Protection Officers enhance their skills and knowledge.

The course consists of a series of challenging masterclasses in which delegates will analyse and evaluate thought-provoking case studies designed to help delegates deconstruct and interpret complex GDPR issues. This will help delegates to gain a deeper understanding of GDPR and further their ability to navigate the legislation and its application.

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This is an advanced course with an application process for places. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge and have completed the Act Now GDPR Practitioner Certificate, or an equivalent qualification that meets the required standard. Please apply for your place prior to make a booking, apply here.


We have designed the syllabus to ensure that delegates further their understanding to all the main aspects of GDPR and associated privacy legislation over the duration of the course.

Unlike other courses which cover single issues in a linear fashion, this course is designed to replicate real time situation where many different aspects of GDPR have to be considered and applied simultaniously to a given scenario. This means that each masterclass will be necessity examine certain reoccuring themes, such as GDPR priciples and lawfulness, as well as more specific issues. However, the course has been structured to insure that the following key syllabus points are recoverd:

  • The DP Principles
  • Personal Data Breach
  • Breach Notification
  • International Transfers
  • Lawfulness, Consent and Legitimate Interests
  • Special Category Data
  • Transparency /Privacy Notices
  • Children
  • CCTV & Surveillance
  • Data Sharing
  • Data Subjects' Rights
  • ICO Powers
  • DPA 2018 Exemptions
  • Enforcement Notices
  • Data Processors/Data Controllers
  • Criminal offences and civil liability
  • Liabilities and Compensation
  • PECR and Marketing
  • Data Protection Impact
  • Assessments
  • Cookies
  • Brexit and the UK GDPR
  • Role of the DPO and Challenges

Upcoming dates

Webinar Day 1 Day 2 Day 3  
Online 15 Sep 2022 27 Sep 2022 11 Oct 2022 02 Nov 2022 23 Nov 2022 Apply
Online 13 Oct 2022 25 Oct 2022 16 Nov 2022 07 Dec 2022 18 Jan 2022 Apply
Online 09 Nov 2022 21 Nov 2022 13 Dec 2022 17 Jan 2022 14 Feb 2022 Apply
Online 14 Jan 2023 26 Jan 2023 16 Feb 2023 09 Mar 2023 30 Mar 2023 Apply

Dates & Cost


£2,495 plus VAT


£2,850 plus VAT

The fee includes:

  • 3 Advanced Masterclasses
  • Complimentary UK GDPR Handbook
  • Access to an online resource lab

Application Deadline: 15 Sep 2022
Location: Online
Webinar: 27 Sep 2022
Day 1: 11 Oct 2022
Day 2: 02 Nov 2022
Day 3: 23 Nov 2022
Application Deadline: 13 Oct 2022
Location: Online
Webinar: 25 Oct 2022
Day 1: 16 Nov 2022
Day 2: 07 Dec 2022
Day 3: 18 Jan 2022
Resource Lab

Key Benefits

Focuses on teaching advanced GDPR knowledge and skills
Develops a deeper understanding of GDPR
Equips delegates with the skills to evaluate and analyse complex data-scenarios




£2,495 plus VAT


£2,850 plus VAT


3 Months

  • 3 Advanced Masterclasses
  • Online Resource Lab
  • Complimentary UK GDPR Handbook

Course tutors

All our associates are experienced information governance professionals who have been training and advising in this field for many years.

  • Scott Sammons

    Course Tutor

    Scott is an information governance specialist with over 15 years of experience. He has delivered a number international projects for Act Now Training and is a senior tutor on the Advanced Certificate in GDPR Practice. His previous roles include European Data Protection Lead for a bank and GDPR Implementation lead for a council. He is a former Chair of the IRMS.

  • Susan Wolf

    Course Tutor

    Susan holds a judicial position as a Fee Paid Member of the Upper Tribunal (Information Rights). She spent ten years teaching the LLM in Information Rights Law at Northumbria University and developed their Postgraduate Certificate in Data Protection Law and Information Governance. Susan is one of the senior curriculum developers for Act Now Training.

  • Philip Jones

    Course Tutor

    Philip has 40 years of information management experience in the public and private sectors both as a practitioner and at a senior management level. He was Head of Information Governance at Staffordshire Council. Philip holds a masters degree in information management and an MBA. He is a senior associate for Act Now and Chair of the Exam Panel.

What our clients say about us

    Very good well rounded course that helps ensures you can tackle complex situations across different processing environments using a wide range of technologies
    CG, NHS Business Services Authority

    The outcomes of this course were clear at the outset and it certainly lived up to expectations. The promise to take me out of my comfort zone was met, and this was something I was seeking. There are aspects of Data Protection I have not needed to know about in depth, and the practicalities of pre preparing before attending a masterclass involving other practitioners was a perfect blend which achieved an improvement in skills and knowledge. Not since my successful completion of the Prince II Practitioners\' Certificate have I been so challenged by a training course.
    JC, Police Investigations & Review Commissioner

    A challenging and thought provoking way to enhance your knowledge of the UK GDPR and your analysis skills. The small group format does mean you have to participate (and complete the pre-work) but conversely it means you really learn, not just from the text but from the real life examples of other Privacy Professionals. I would certainly recommend.
    GR, People\'s Postcode Lottery

    This course made me think methodically and rigorously about data protection. The wider reading and study we were encouraged to undertake was particularly useful. The tutor was extremely knowledgeable, encouraging and supportive.
    JW,Perth and Kinross Council

    I really enjoyed this course, which was an in-depth examination of data protection issues in real life cases and realistic fictional case studies. Discussions with the tutor and other participants were focused and interesting. The course materials included an invaluable guide on how to structure a case analysis. I missed the generous lunch of the in-person course for social reasons but appreciated the equally generous lunch vouchers for uber eats! Thank you.
    PW, Historic Environment Scotland