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PCI DSS Foundation Training Course | Qualified Security Assessor Company

PCI DSS Foundation Training Course

SKU: 1858
  • Train with the experts and get a comprehensive introduction to PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) v4.0.
  • Industry-leading course developed by our team of PCI QSAs (Qualified Security Assessors).
  • Successful completion of this one-day course and included exam awards the PCI DSS Foundation (PCI F) qualification and 7 CPD/CPE points.
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Training course outline

Version 4.0 of the PCI DSS was published on March 31,2022 to meet the evolving cybersecurity needs of the payments industry, promote security as a continuous process, and enable organizations to use different methods to achieve their security objectives.

To provide organizations with the time to implement the more complex requirements of version 4.0, the current PCI DSS v3.2.1 will remain active for two years until it is retired on March 31, 2024. If you require an introduction to PCI DSS v3.2.1, please purchase our self-paced online course.

The PCI DSS Foundation Training Course provides a comprehensive introduction to PCI DSS v4.0. Delivered by an experienced PCI DSS consultant, this one-day course explains the requirements of the Standard and how they can be applied to protect payment card data within your organization.

You will get an understanding of:

  • The basics of the PCI DSS and why it is important to secure your customers’ payment card data
  • The 6 control objectives and 12 technical and business requirements of the Standard
  • PCI DSS merchant level definitions and their requirements
  • The enforcement process and the implications of non-compliance
  • Demonstrating compliance with SAQs (self-assessment questionnaires) or external audits

PCI DSS Foundation Training Course benefits

  Complete introduction to the PCI DSS

A comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of PCI DSS v4.0 compliance.

  Designed by experts

Designed by PCI QSAs, with an auditor’s perspective on PCI DSS scoping, scope reduction, gap analysis, and remediation.

  Delivered by professionals

Taught by a PCI DSS consultant with extensive experience of helping organizations of all sizes achieve PCI DSS compliance.

  Learn from anywhere

Choose to take our Live Online course from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

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Who should attend this course?

Anybody accepting credit card payments, including merchants, third-party service providers, and acquirers. The course is suitable for a broad audience, including departments such as finance, internal audits, IT and sales, and business.

This course is also suitable for executives, managers, staff, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the PCI DSS and its requirements.

Your Learning Path

Find out how the PCI DSS Foundation Training Course will help you start or enhance your career and boost your knowledge.

This course is an essential component of the following learning path:

Why choose IT Governance USA for your training needs?

  • We are the global specialists – as global specialists in information security, cybersecurity, and privacy, we pride ourselves on being market leaders and keeping one step ahead. Our expert instructors use their working knowledge to bring the course content to life, while covering all the essential and technical content.
  • Built and delivered by experts – our courses are built and delivered by subject-matter experts and innovative instructional design specialists with years of practical, hands-on experience.
  • Learn your way – we have the training methods and solutions to suit your business or personal learning style. We offer instructor-led, blended, self-paced, elearning, in-house, and custom training options.
  • Our service levels are exemplary – from the sales team that pays close attention to your development needs, to the operations team that makes things tick like a Swiss watch, to the energy and skill of the instructors. We are all passionate about what we do and want to ensure you get the best training experience possible.
  • Pass the first time or train again for free – we have trained more than 28,000 people and we’re confident you’ll pass with us the first time. If you don’t, we’ll train you again for free.*

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Course details

What does this course cover?

  • What the PCI DSS is and how it helps protect payment card data
  • The process of paying by card and the types of transaction
  • The PCI DSS ecosystem with its development cycle and related standards
  • Where the Standard applies and examples of cardholder risk
  • The six control objectives of the PCI DSS
  • The purpose of the 12 PCI DSS requirements
  • Non-applicability and compensating controls
  • The enforcement process and the implications of non-compliance
  • Comparisons of different compliance programs and merchant level structures
  • SAQ criteria and how to select the correct SAQ
  • Determining the scope and applicability of the PCI DSS
  • PCI DSS documentation and evidence requirements

What’s included in this course?

  • Full course materials (digital copy provided as a PDF file)
  • A certificate of attendance
  • The PCI DSS Foundation exam

What equipment do I need?

You will need a laptop and webcam for the duration of your course and exam.

Course duration and times

Live Online PDT/PST

  • Day 1: 07:30 am – 3:00 pm

Live Online CDT/CST

  • Day 1: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Live Online EDT/EST

  • Day 1: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

No prior knowledge or qualifications are required, and the course content is suitable for non-technical and technical staff.

Is there any recommended reading?

You may benefit from reading the following introductory guide: PCI DSS – A Pocket Guide.

Exams and qualifications

PCI DSS Foundation exam

Candidates take the PCI DSS Foundation (PCI F) exam set by IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications). There is no extra charge for this exam.

  • Delivery method: Online
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 40
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Pass mark: 65%

This course is equivalent to:


CPD points

What qualifications will I receive?

PCI DSS Foundation (PCI F).


This course holds accreditation from IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications), a renowned authority in personnel certification within the field of IT governance.

As a premier personnel certification body, IBITGQ specialises in certifying individuals who demonstrate exceptional proficiency in IT governance practices.

IBITGQ maintains accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, a globally recognised benchmark for conformity assessment. Accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) further underscores the course's commitment to meeting stringent certification requirements.

ISO 17024 certification is esteemed within the industry and universally acknowledged by employers worldwide. By aligning with this standard, our course ensures that your qualifications are not only recognised but also highly valued by employers across diverse sectors.

Upon successful completion of the course, you have the opportunity to validate your professional expertise by registering your qualification on the esteemed IBITGQ/GASQ successful candidate register. This platform serves as a testament to your commitment to excellence in IT governance, setting you apart as a distinguished professional in the field.

How will I receive my exam results and certificates?

  • Provisional exam results will be available immediately after completing the exam. Confirmed exam results will be issued within ten working days from the exam date.
  • Certificates for those who have achieved a passing grade will be issued within ten working days from the exam date.
  • Results notifications and certificates are emailed directly to candidates by the relevant exam board. Please note that hard-copy exam certificates are not issued.

Do I need proof of identity to take the exam?

Candidates must have a form of photographic ID with them as the invigilator may request to check it before the exam.

Can exams be retaken?

Yes, if you are unsuccessful on the first attempt, you can retake the exam for an additional fee.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

This course awards 7 CPD points, which are accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

CPD points are a record of your commitment to acquiring the knowledge required to enhance your ability and proficiency to perform your job role.

IT Governance is an approved CPD Provider of the CPD Certification Service. This training course has been reviewed to ensure its quality and integrity and found to meet the required continuing professional development standard and benchmark of an internationally recognized CPD accreditation service.

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The benefits of learning from anywhere:

  • Save on travel, parking, hotels, and other fees
  • Learn and obtain a professional certification from the comfort of your home
  • Our courses use the latest conferencing technology that is compatible with all devices
  • Our trainers focus on maximizing audience participation and getting the most out of our learners
  • All trainers have been hand-picked for their technical and practical expertise
  • You have full control over your course booking, meaning you can edit learner details, course dates, and any special requirements

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