On one of IT Governance’s EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training courses last year, a delegate from a well-known financial services company asked:
I’ve just come on the course to understand how the GDPR works. Why do I need to sit an exam and achieve a qualification as well?
While we’re sure the course did, as promised, provide a comprehensive introduction to the GDPR, we make no apology for including an exam, and – for those who passed – awarding a GDPR qualification. Having a detailed knowledge of the GDPR is one thing, but having a qualification on your resume that verifies this knowledge will make you stand out from the crowd.
GDPR qualifications in the US
IT Governance’s GDPR Foundation and Practitioner training courses were the first such qualifications available in Europe, and they’re now also available in the US. Although the GDPR is an EU regulation, many businesses in the US will be affected, as it will apply to any organization in the world that processes EU residents’ personal data.
These courses, like our ISO 27001 training program, are the product of our continued partnership with the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications (IBITGQ). Its qualifications are certified by gasq, which is fully accredited to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard. IBITGQ also reinforces our long-held view that the most valuable IT qualifications are those awarded by independent, international, and accredited examination bodies.
Qualified professionals will be in demand
The scale of the GDPR means that qualified individuals will soon be in demand. In particular, data protection officers (DPOs) will be incredibly sought after, with a recent report saying that around 9,000 positions will be created in the US.
DPOs will be mandatory for data controllers and processors in the public sector, and for those with ‘big data’ processing activities. It will be a challenging role to fill, since it requires expertise the practicalities of data protection as well as the requisite knowledge of the legal aspects of the GDPR.
To improve your knowledge of the GDPR, and to add the appropriate qualifications to your resume, you should attend our EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation and Practitioner training courses. They are both available in Live Online format, so you can save the time and cost of traveling to a classroom.