Data Protection Practitioner course

Privacy & Data Protection Practitioner Training & Exam
September 15, 22, 29 & October 6, 12 | Online Live

About this course



This training prepares you for a successful progression into the role of Data Protection Officer.  You will learn how to build a GDPR-compliant data protection program by embedding data protection in your organization’s strategic, tactical- and operational management. You will practice DPO tasks with realistic hands-on assignments in the areas of Policymaking, Impact – and Risk Assessments and incorporating data protection requirements. The course evaluates practical considerations in design and implementation, from technology and tools supporting data protection, privacy enhancing technologies, and security by design. You’ll learn about what data is required to support good governance and decision-making and how to translate the concept of management systems to a Data Protection Management System (DPMS). Lastly you will prepare yourself for an (external) compliance audit, and define and implement a basic 3rd-party assurance process.

Who should attend?

This training is ideal if you’re pursuing a career and / or certification as a Data Protection Officer, GDPR-consultant, privacy consultant or compliance officer; if you’re an IT or information security professional and you wish to specialize in a privacy-related area of security; or if you’re an active DPO looking to structure your knowledge and gain more practice. Basic knowledge of privacy and / or data protection is expected. If you do not yet have this, we recommend that you first take the Privacy & Data Protection Foundation entry-level course prior to this course. When in doubt, feel free to contact us.

What’s included?

  • Official SECO – Institute course materials
  • Practice exam
  • Privacy & Data Protection Practitioner exam
  • “S- PDPP” digital Acclaim badge when you pass the exam
  • 1- year free SECO Membership


Course modules

Module 1 – Strategic Considerations

  • Translate the goals and needs of the organisation into a vision on handling personal data
  • Transform this vision into an effective implementation strategy
  • Define data protection principles and develop a data protection policy to support and govern the execution of the strategy
  • Understand the importance of creating a data inventory and the principles guiding the creation of such an inventory
  • Understand the (possible) need for a published privacy notice and the implications thereof


Module 2 – Impact and Risk Assessment

  • The concepts of a ADPIA
  • Perform a (basic) DPIA
  • Concepts of risk management and risk assessment
  • Identify threats to data protection and effective measures to mitigate the resulting risks
  • Perform a (basic) risk analysis related to data protection
  • Define data protection requirements based on policy and the outcome of the DPIA for business processes, the internal organisation, and the technology used by the organisation


Module 3 – Operations

  • Understand the impact of data protection on regular operations
  • Specific requirements of laws and regulations (in this case the GDPR in particular)
  • Incorporating data protection requirements in new and existing procedures in a pragmatic but effective manner
  • What is required and/or allowed when it comes to upholding policies, laws and regulations in an organisation


Module 4 – Design and Implementation

  • Technological tools available to support data protection
  • Implement PET (Privacy Enhancing Technologies) and, in particular, cryptography
  • Concepts of privacy by design/default
  • Translate privacy by design/default to practical policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of instilling and enhancing awareness and campaigns in an organization
  • Define generic data protection requirements for projects


Module 5 – Governance

  • Required data for reporting that supports good governance and decision-making
  • Translate the concept of management systems to a Data Protection Management System (DPMS)
  • Prepare for an (external) audit on compliance to the GDPR
  • Define and implement a basic 3rd-party assurance process

Practical Details

Prepare, Train and Certify from the comfort of your Home

This training is delivered Online via the SECO – Institute Online Learning Platform based on BigBlueButton, a platform specifically designed for Online Training that requires collaboration and exercises. Course materials are delivered via a designated Student Portal, and the examination is also conducted online via a certified Proctor. Everything you need to prepare, train and certify from the comfort of your home!

Training information & Pricing

  • Course dates: September 15, 22, 29 & October 6, 12
  • Course times: 10am – 5pm CEST
  • Delivery: Online Live
  • Official courseware, practice exam and 1 exam voucher included
  • Language: English
  • Price: 2,750 Euro, excluding VAT

Exam information

  • Language: English
  • Delivered: Online via a certified proctor
  • Questions: 10 multiple choice, 5 open questions, one case
  • Time: 120 minutes

Your trainer

Bart Baars

Bart is a seasoned information security professional and privacy expert, with 15 years of experience spanning the Government, Food, Finance, Energy and Telecom -sectors. Bart currently works as a privacy officer at TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO). When not consulting or training, you’ll likely find Bart on higher grounds. As an enthusiastic mountaineer, Bart aims to be the first dutchman to climb the 7-Summits in 7 Years.

Enroll for the course

By subscribing to this course you confirm your participation and agree to the payment conditions. Payment is due 30 days after the invoice date, or 7 days prior to the first day of training should that be sooner. If you have any questions about the course please do not use this registration page but fill out the Contact Form, we’ll be in touch with you shortly.