S-DPF | Data Protection Foundation

The first career step in the S-CDPO certification program

The Cyber Security & Governance Certification Program

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Why become S-DPF-certified?

Every organisation must comply with Privacy and Data Protection regulations. Organisations need to strive more for enforcing compliance to safeguard Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as the penalties for data loss are becoming more and more severe.


Obtaining the SECO-Insitute's Privacy & Data Protection Foundation certificate demonstrates your extensive overview of the rights and obligations of your organisation as well as the rights and obligations of your data subjects in according to the GDPR. The course equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to make well-considered decisions on how to deal with PII, and other data.


In addition, the Privacy & Data Protection Foundation certificate exhibits your ability to cut through the legal jargon and focus on the core principles of privacy and data protection/ GDPR, and understand the impact these might have on your organisation. All in all, you will acquire a complete overview of your data protection responsibilities.


The Privacy & Data Protection track is based on European legislation and regulations.


For whom is the S-DPF certification?

The Privacy & Data Protection Foundation certification is intended for everyone who collects, edits, processes or manages personal information and needs to demonstrate awareness of the legal responsibilities applicable to the use of PII. This might include call-center employees, help desk or administrative departments, accountants and financial professionals.


Finally, this certificate is an ideal start for new privacy and data protection officers, as it constitutes the first level of a complete and extensive Certified Privacy & Data Protection Officer certification track. Achieving the Privacy & Data Protection Foundation certificate provides candidates with a solid base to continue with the Privacy & Data Protection Practitioner certificate, and advance their career path to become a CDPO. Students who already possess basic data protection knowledge can decide to start with the Practitioner level of the certification track.

Privacy & Data Protection Certification Track 

Steps to schedule your S-DPF exam


study for your exam

1. Demonstrate the required knowledge


Before taking your exam, you should make sure that you possess the required knowledge. We have a great number of global partners offering preparation courses. Check our partners' websites to find a training centre in your country. 


Preparation coureses are optional but if your are not sure if you have the required knowledge level to pass the exam, download here the introduction slides of the Data Protection Foundation Course and see if you meet the terms. 


 You can test yourself with the Data Protection Foundation sample exam to see if you possess the required knowledge.


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2. Read the "How to book your exam" page


Make sure that you meet all the system requirements. Read through our "How to book your exam" page thoroughly to prevent mistakes or ambiguities. You can also find a link to book your exam on this page. 


How to book your exam page



schedule your exam

3. Schedule your exam


Follow the instructions on the "How to book your exam" page and click the button on that page to schedule your exam. 



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4. Pass the exam and claim your title


Upon successful completion of your exam, you can claim your free digital foundation badge here.

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