DP Certificate

A comprehensive qualification for Data Protection officers

UAE Data Protection Practitioner Certificate

A comprehensive qualification for Data Protection Officers

Data Protection law in the Middle East has seen some rapid developments recently with the passing of specific laws relating to the UAE’s two main financial hubs, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), as well as the Federal Decree Law No. 45/2021.

The new UAE Data Protection laws require a fundamental assessment of the way your business handles personal data from collection through to storage, disclosure and destruction. With enhanced rights for individuals and substantial fines for non-compliance you cannot afford to ignore the new requirements.

Act Now’s UAE Data Protection Officer Certificate is a practical qualification. It focusses on building essential DPO skills and knowledge, whilst fulfilling the requirement in the new laws of appointing a suitably qualified DPO for high risk processing activities and ensuring compliance.

Course Outline

Four days of training, each concluding with one to one tutor support. On completion of the course, delegates are required to complete an open book assessment within 30 days.

Day 1


  • Scope and Key Definitions
  • The Principles
  • Article 30 Records
  • Consent
  • Breach Notification

Day 2


  • Privacy Notices
  • Subject Access
  • New Rights incl. Erasure
  • The Exemptions

Day 3


  • Data Processors and Controllers
  • DP Impact Assessments
  • DP by Design
  • International Transfers

Day 4


  • The DPO Role
  • Tasks and Competencies
  • Record Keeping
  • Accountability




(AED 11,650)



Course Suitability

This course is suitable for anyone who needs in depth knowledge of UAE DP Laws including:
Data Protection Officers
Legal Advisers
HR Professionals
IT Officers
Compliance Officers







  • Thorough examination of UAE DP Laws in a practical context
  • Teaches essential DPO skills including, DP Impact Assessments
  • Covers overlaps with international laws
  • Comprehensive course materials
  • Online resource lab

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