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IAPP Privacy Certifications

CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional)

The "what" of privacy, and why you need it. Focused on specific regions.

  • United States (CIPP/US)
  • Canada (CIPP/C)
  • Europe (CIPP/E) 
  • Asia (CIPP/A) 


This is a regional certification that is taught in line with the privacy laws and regulations of different parts of the world. I.e. The CIPP/E (Europe) is in conjunction with the GDPR rules and regulations that came about in 2018.

CIPM (Certified Information Privacy Manager)

CIPT (Certified Information Privacy Technologist)

The "how" of privacy operations, and why you need it

This will involve taking the laws (of the land where your organisation operates) and using it within the legal limits and also involves vetting vendors, where the biggest breaches within privacy were via vendor mismanagement >

The "how" of privacy and technology, and why you need it

As privacy and technology go hand-in-hand, as technology evolves, the privacy regulations have to adapt to be able to enforce the rules and regulations that new technology can possibly compromise privacy.

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How Can An IAPP Privacy Certification Boost Your Career?

1. Privacy professionals are in high demand

Significant increase in privacy budgets have increased for major organisations


2. Stay relevant as Privacy Landscape Evolves

EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • Went into effect 25th May 2018
  • Gives EU citizens more rights over their personal data
  • Fines up to 20 Million Euros or 4% of the firm's global turnover
  • Affects every organisation that processes personal data of EU citizens


California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

  • Went into effect on 1st January 2020
  • Gives citizens of California more rights over their personal data
  • Penalties of up to $7,500 per intentional violation and $2,500 per unintentional violation not cured within 30 days of notice
  • Will affect more than half a million US companies - plus numerous other global companies that process California citizen's data


3. Address the organisation's top privacy concerns

Bad news for organisations, a big boost for privacy professionals:

  • 53% of CISO's predicted their organisations will have a data breach involving over 10,000 records
  • Facebook and Google had faced lawsuits for allegedly not being GDPR compliant
  • According to an EU General Data Protection Regulation fine tracker from Privacy Affairs, Luxembourg's proposed 746.1 million euro fine against Amazon by itself makes the National Commission for Data Protection the top fine levier in front of Italy and France
  • Italy's data protection authority, the Garante, fined food delivery application Foodinho 2.6 million euros for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The DPA found the app violated GDPR principles around transparency and lawfulness of processing and cited illegal algorithmic discrimination against certain employees
  • The Netherlands' DPA, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, fined the Employee Insurance Agency 450,000 euros for insufficient safeguards for the agency's messaging platform. The AP found the lack of measures from August 2016 to late 2018 resulted in nine separate privacy breaches involving more than 15,000 people.
  • The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office issued a 25,000 GBP fine to U.K.-based charity Mermaids for an email-related data breach. The charity filed a breach report in June 2019 following revelations of an email hack that occurred two years earlier without the charity's knowledge.


4. Gain credibility, network and connect

  • IAPP certifications come with an IAPP membership
  • InfoSec Institute graduates access to a growing Alumni community
  • Network with your peers, connect with decision-makers, boost your career


5. Increase your salary

  • The median salary for privacy professionals in the US is $130,000
  • Individuals with an IAPP certification earn $25,000 more per year
  • Individuals with multiple IAPP certifications earn $35,000 more per year

Which IAPP certification is right for you?

  • CIPP - Consider where you are located (US, Canada, Europe or Africa) as a base point
  • CIPM - best for managers of data and network security, they can use it to help with compliance and data management of internal and external privacy such as the CPO (Chief Privacy Officer) and below
  • CIPT - This is mainly done by people in the legal profession who work for technology companies, for example, a lawyer that may work for Microsoft is likely to get this certification.

What is involved?

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organisations manage and protect their data.

The IAPP offers computer-based certification exams at over 6,000 testing centres worldwide. Simply log in to the IAPP website, purchase your exam and then schedule it at the test centre most convenient for you. You'll get an email with step-by-step instructions telling you how.


More About IAPP


The IAPP is a not-for-profit association founded in 2000 with a mission to define, promote and improve the privacy profession globally. We are committed to providing a forum for privacy professionals to share best practices, track trends, advance privacy management issues, standardize the designations for privacy professionals and provide education and guidance on opportunities in the field of information privacy.


No matter which certification you choose to pursue, you should know IAPP certifications are the world’s most trusted designations in information privacy. Four of IAPP’s six certifications meet ANSI/ISO accreditation. With the recognition of ANSI by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), IAPP certifications are internationally accepted by governing bodies that look for the IAF stamp of approval.

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Membership is available to corporates as well as individuals. Current corporate members include well-known international brands such as Accenture, Adobe, AWS (Amazon), AT&T, Capital One, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HSBC, Intel, and Microsoft. IAPP training courses, certifications and conferences help privacy professionals stay up to date on legal and regulatory developments.

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