Data protection/AI

Data Protection Certification Course

Our certified Data Protection Certification course is designed to provide you with optimum preparation. It will answer your questions related to becoming a Data Protection Officer and high-level professional and it will help you deal with everyday data protection issues.

About this course

Are you willing to go that extra mile to become the next generation Data Protection Officer? Because this is what we at EIPA have done when preparing this course for you! In a time of unprecedented challenges to our status quo, with organisations forced to adapt overnight to the new normal, data protection has been ranking high on the European agenda. More than ever, you will play an essential role in supporting your organisation to safeguard the privacy rights in a time of accelerated digital transformation.

This is why a multifaceted approach in delivering this course is paramount. Experts and practitioners at the forefront of data protection will guide you along the legal framework of the European data protection legislation, while elaborating on some of the most pressing privacy-related issues that have emerged in the context of the pandemic. This will involve applying an interactive and on-the-job methodology: role playing, concrete and realistic case studies, with both successful and non-successful outcomes and peer-to-peer discussions. By the end of the course, you will be provided with all the tools to design or augment a thorough data protection compliance programme in your organisation.

You will learn about:

  • The European legal framework for data protection (including the GDPR);
  • Key data protection concepts, principles and obligations;
  • Actors, roles and responsibilities;
  • The role of the DPO (Data Protection Officer), the EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor) and the national supervisory authorities;
  • Severity assessment of data breaches and assurance role of the DPO (accountability, requirements and demonstrating compliance);
  • Cyber security, data protection audits, privacy and digital sovereignty;
  • Options and solutions for cross-border data transfer and third-country data transfers;
  • e-Privacy design and impact assessment;
  • Grounds for processing, including legitimate interest and consent;
  • The rights of data subjects and how to handle them.

Course methodology/highlights

We believe practical know-how is the key to effective learning. This course therefore includes:

  • Detailed explanations of the key concepts, principles, actors and roles in the field of data protection and security;
  • Role play and group exercises;
  • Preparatory workshop for the final certification examination (optional);
  • Insights with case-law examples;
  • Input and coaching on practical issues encountered by participants from the DPO network, European institutions and agencies, Europol, Eurojust, EDPS, national authorities and other data protection experts;
  • A highly interactive approach – the structure of the course will give you opportunities to ask questions and share experiences during the dedicated Q&A sessions.

To optimise your experience, we also recommend that you follow the optional preparatory workshop for the certification examination, when time will be devoted to a recap of the essentials, exercises, a discussion and a Q&A session.

  • You will be able to process and transfer personal data, and comply with data protection requirements in your day-to-day work.
  • You will be better aware of severity assessments of data breaches, data protection audits, cyber security and privacy.
  • You will have a thorough understanding of how things work in practice and a vision of the EU’s future in this field.
  • You will have a solid basis for continuous learning as a Data Protection Officer afterwards.
  • You will benefit directly from the insights of data protection experts and from networking opportunities during the online breaks.
  • You will obtain the EIPA attendance certificate.
  • You will take the EIPA Data Protection Certification examination.
  • You will be able to qualify as a data protection professional at European level.
  • You will develop your professional international network in the field of data protection.

After taking this course, you can join EIPA’s dedicated community of practice together with other, former participants. You will also have access to the course materials for a duration of three months after the course.

  • Data Protection Officers and other data protection professionals;
  • Legal and IT professionals;
  • Anyone, from either the public or private sector, with proven working experience in the processing of personal data;
  • Anyone who needs a certification at European level in order to advance their professional career;
  • Candidates who wish to take and pass the examination.

On completion of the course, participants can take part in an exam leading to the awarding of the EIPA Data Protection Professional Certificate.

A few details about the examination:

  • Examinees can use their own device to take the examination, but will be supervised (in-person or online).
  • The examination is a practical scenario-based question.
  • The examination can be taken twice a year at EIPA headquarters in Maastricht.
  • The examination lasts 2 hours.
  • The maximum score obtainable is 100 points and in order to pass the examination, examinees need to obtain 60 points.
  • EIPA considers that the use of AI in responding to the test questions of the Data Protection Certification exam is not in line with the objective of the Data Protection Certification course and the purpose of this examination. An infringement of the EIPA AI Policy will invalidate the data protection certification.
  • Examinees will be asked to sign a declaration certifying their adherence to the AI Policy.

Examination process
Review
In order to guarantee a fair process, two randomly allocated reviewers from the examination board will evaluate the essays separately. The Chair of the examination board will have the last word after seeing the conclusions of both reviewers.

Language
The examination is offered in English only. The time limit for the examination is sufficient for the vast majority of candidates, including non-native English speakers. No points are deducted due to possible grammar or language mistakes.

Handling of exams
EIPA will take all available precautions to ensure the appropriate and secure handling of completed essays.

Examination re-sit
In the event you did not manage to reach the set threshold and did therefore not pass the exam, you are offered the opportunity to do one examination re-sit for €150 within one year.

The Examination Board
The exam is under the supervision of an examination board. The examination board meets regularly to discuss the certification course requirements and approve the examinations. They discuss as needed to review and resolve any submitted certification appeals. The examination board consists of experts who have proven knowledge of and practical expertise in the field of data protection, one of whom will serve as chair.

Certificate validity
Data Protection issues continue to change and it is very important to keep yourself ahead and update your knowledge regularly. Therefore, the EIPA certificate is valid for a period of two years. In order to update your knowledge and maintain the validity of your certificate you will need to attend EIPA’s refresher course on data protection every two years. You will receive an updated certificate after taking part in this.

You can find our full Certification policy here: www.eipa.eu/dataprotection.

Hybrid course
Experience our course in a way that suits you best! This hybrid course offers the flexibility to join in-person or online through a live stream. In the registration form, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred option.

Face to Face venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Eveline Hermens
Tel: +31 43 3296259
e.hermens@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Loyalty coupon
As a token of appreciation we offer all our participants a loyalty coupon for one of our future courses. The offer can be shared with colleagues and relevant networks. The coupon will expire one year after its release. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts, except for the EIPA member fee.

Meals
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. The hotels are within walking distance from EIPA. If you wish to take advantage of this option, please click on the hotel name to book directly using the link. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

A few days before the start of the course you will receive the log-in details for accessing the course materials. You can log in here.

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Programme

08.30Registration of participants/Opening of the online platform for online participants
09.00Introduction to the course
Martijn Pluim, Programme Director, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
09.15Data protection: the basics and the European legal framework: scope and actors involved
Antoine Bon, Data Protection Specialist, Council of the EU, Brussels (BE)
10.15Q&A
10.45Coffee break
11.15The role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO): skills and daily work basis
Diana Alonso Blas, Data Protection Officer, Eurojust, The Hague (NL) (Online)
Barbara Eggl, Data Protection Expert, Frankfurt (DE)
12.15Q&A
12.30Lunch at EIPA’s Restaurant
13.45Workshop on the role of the DPO (Case studies)Gloria Folguera Ventura, Data Protection Officer, EUIPO, Alicante (ES)
Diana Alonso Blas
Dr Barbara Eggl
15.00Coffee Break
15.15Data Protection Risk Management: evaluation and control inside your organisation.
Gloria Folguera Ventura
16.15Q&A
16.30Main Players in Data Protection: Data Controller-Joint Controller- Data Processor
Emma Rodríguez Montes, Data Protection Specialist in the Data Protection Office, EUIPO, Alicante (ES)
17.30Q&A
17.45End of the Day
19.00Dinner at a restaurant in Maastricht (NL)
08.45Opening of the online platform for online participants
09.00Data Subjects Rights – Part I
Dr Barbara Eggl
09.45Coffee Break
10.15Data Subjects Rights – Part II
Dr Barbara Eggl
11.00Q&A
11.15Coffee Break
11.45Information on the certification examination and Q&A
Dr Barbara Eggl
Laura Centeno, Student Assistant, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
Björn Hölbling, Digital Officer, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
12.30Lunch at Hotel Derlon
14.00Supervising data protection compliance: The role of the data protection authorities. Examples from EU institutions (EDPS + EDPB)
Ute Kallenberger, Head of Inspections, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Brussels (BE)
Myriam Gufflet, European Data Protection Board (EDPB), Head of Sector, Litigation and International Affairs, Brussels (BE)  (online)
15.15Q&A
15.30Coffee Break
16.00Supervising data protection compliance: The role of the data protection authorities. Examples from National Administrations and Private Sector
Romain Robert, (Policy Officer at EDPS)/ Member of the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian DPA: Brussels (BE)
Dr. Rebeca Moragues Muszynski, Head Global Data Privacy at Arçelik/Beko Global (Frankfurt, DE) TBC
17.30Q&A
18.00End of the day
08.45Opening of the online platform for online participants
09.00Data protection and data security: it’s all about the protection of information
Daniel Drewer, Data Protection Officer, Europol, The Hague (NL)
10.00Q&A
10.15Coffee break
10.45Data protection audit: only nice to have or a must for DPOs?
Daniel Drewer
11.45Q&A
12.00Lunch break at EIPA’s restaurant
13.00Current cyber threat landscape
Muyiwa Olufon, Director, EMEA Information Security, Nike (NL)
13.45Data breaches: accountability of the DPO as assurance provider (Interactive session)
Daniel Drewer and Muyiwa Olufon
15.00Q&A
15.15Coffee break
15.45Preparatory workshop:  IT Concepts for DPO (non-IT professionals)
Massimo Attoresi Deputy Head of Unit “Technology and Privacy”, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Brussels (BE)
16.45Q&A
17.00End of the day
08.45Opening of the online platform for online participants
09.00Cross-border data transfers – options and solutions
Diana Alonso Blas, Data Protection Officer, Eurojust, The Hague (NL)
10.00Group exercise: cross-border data transfers in practice (interactive session 1)
Diana Alonso Blas
11.00Coffee break with Limburg Treat
11.30Group exercise: cross-border data transfers in practice (interactive session 2)
Diana Alonso Blas
12.15Q&A
12.30Lunch at EIPA’s restaurant
13.30Data Protection Impact Assessment
Maarten Daman, Data Protection Officer, European Central Bank (ECB) & European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), Frankfurt (DE)
14.30Q&A
14.45Coffee Break
15.15The Present and the Future of the DPO: Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection
Maarten Daman
16.00Q&A
16.15Optional workshop: preparing for the certification examination
Marta Moretti, Senior Counsel Europe and New Markets, BeiGene GmbH, Basel (CH) and Lawyer and Teaching Assistant at LUISS University, Rome (IT)
17.15End of day
08.45Opening of the online platform for online participants
09.00Entrance & getting installed for the exam
09.30Certification/Re-sit examination
11.00End of the examination
11.15Closing Remarks
Moderator
11.30Course conclusion and Take-away lunch

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Data Protection Certification Course

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24 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024
Maastricht (NL) & Online
Register before: 20 Jun 2024

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

 2.630 per attendee
 2.365 for EIPA members

Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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