A comprehensive qualification for Data Protection Officers

EU GDPR Practitioner Certificate

A comprehensive qualification for Data Protection Officers

For all those undertaking the DPO role,this certificate course covers the essential knowledge and practical skills required to successfully navigate the DP landscape.

Whether delivered online or in the classroom, delegates receive all the fantastic features of the course specifically tailored for each learning environment.

The content of the course has been developed after analysing all the competencies required for the DPO role. Our teaching style is based on practical and engaging workshops covering theory alongside hands-on application using case studies that equip delegates with knowledge and skills that can be used immediately.

Delegates will have personal tutor support throughout the course and access to a comprehensive online resource lab ensuring they have the best opportunity for success.

The course takes place over four days (one day per week) either online or in classoom, and involves lectures, discussion and practical exercises followed by a practical assessment.


This course is set over four days, one day per week either online or in classroom. Each day is designed to develop delegates' ability to understand and apply the GDPR in a practical context using case studies and exercises. On completion of the course, delegates are required to complete a practical assessment within 30 days.

The four teaching days are followed by an online assessment and a practical project to be completed within one month. The project will be independently marked by a GDPR expert and feedback given.

Please note this is an advanced course requiring some knowledge of the DPA and GDPR. If you do not have this we recommend you attend our one day GDPR workshop before booking.

Day 1


  • Scope and Key Definitions
  • The DP Act 2018
  • Article 30 Records
  • The 6 Principles
  • Consent
  • Breach Notification
  • GDPR and Brexit - UK GDPR

Day 2


  • Transparency and Privacy Notices
  • Data Subjects' Rights
  • Subject Access
  • New Rights
  • The Exemptions

Day 3


  • Data Processors and Controllers
  • International Transfers
  • Data Sharing
  • DP Impact Assessments
  • Direct Marketing

Day 4


  • The DPO
  • Monitoring and Surveillance
  • DP by Design
  • Enforcement
  • Accountability

Upcoming dates

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4  

Dates & Cost


£2,150 plus VAT


£2,350 plus VAT

The fee includes:

  • 4 days of face-to-face training
  • Complimentary EU GDPR Handbook
  • Access to an online resource lab
  • Hard copies of all materials

Timings: 10am to 4pm

Target Audience

Anyone in the public or private sector who needs in depth knowledge of GDPR and how it applies to their role including:
Data Protection Officers
HR Professionals
Compliance Officers
IT Officers
Legal Advisers
Gap Analysis




£2,150 plus VAT


£2,350 plus VAT


4 Day Course

  • 4 days of live training
  • Examines all aspects of the EU DP regime
  • Teaches essential DPO skills
  • Complimentary EU GDPR Handbook
  • Comprehensive learning Materials
  • Resource lab including 20 hours of video
  • Practical assessment

Course tutors

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lynn Wyeth

    Course Tutor

    Lynn is the Head of Information Governance for a large local authority and has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner. She holds a post graduate diploma in Information Rights, the CISMP certificate and is an accredited HSCIPP privacy practitioner. She is the author of two books and is currently undertaking a PhD. Her experience is across GDPR, FOI and RIPA.

  • Iain Harrison

    Course Tutor

    Iain is currently an Information Governance Risk Manager for a large local authority and has over 20 years of experience. He has been delivering training for Act Now for over 7 years in GDPR and FOI for public, private and charitable organisations. His extensive experience in planning and implementation of Information Rights legislation allows him to bring training sessions to life.

  • Kirsty Squires

    Course Tutor

    Kirsty is currently a DPO for a number of local authorities and has over 15 years of experience in Data Governance. She has led the IG Project Team on transformation projects to deliver local government restructure in Northamptonshire, dealing with issues including information sharing, data protection by design and leading on training and policy development.

  • Naomi Matthews

    Course Tutor

    Naomi is a local authority lawyer and holds a judicial position as a Fee Paid Member of the Upper Tribunal (Information Rights). She has extensive experience in all areas of information compliance and RIPA. Her training has been commended by RIPA inspectors and her advice has helped many local authorities understand the law and practicalities of covert surveillance.

What our clients say about us

    I highly recommend the GDPR Practitioner Certificate - Ibrahim is an excellent trainer, highly knowledgeable, and willing to spend time discussing specific queries that learners had. Ibrahim presents data protection concepts in an easy to understand way and he has a very engaging manner. The various course resources, including the GDPR Handbook and the online resource lab, were invaluable. JB, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

    Great, swift and professional administrative assistance was provided before, during and after the course and this is what had made me choose to take this course instead of CIPP, as the latter course facilitator wasn\'t very responsive. So, I really hope that the person who is behind it all, if not a whole team, are properly valued by their bosses. They are doing a great job! I consider ActNow, the best training company in law and surveillance out there! And it\'s always an immense pleasure and privilege to be able to enrol on one of your courses. So, I consider myself very lucky in that respect. MP, Southwark Council

    This was a really excellent course. I was not expecting to learn as much - or dare I say it - enjoy the course! And when I got back to the day job, I realised how much I had learned. DB, London Legacy Development Corporation

    Would thoroughly recommend this course. The content is excellent, with lots of practical examples and case studies. It is also an opportunity to discuss real life workplace GDPR conundrums with other experts, which is also invaluable. CD, Kent County Council

    The course was a real eye opener. As someone who has worked for decades with complex legislation, I found that the course helped me unravel aspects of GDPR and DPA 2018 which I\'d previously struggled to navigate. Kt, West London NHS Trust