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Data Protection Officer Training: All you need to know DPO Training Course

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Are you a new or an existing Data Protection Officer (DPO) or are you wanting to move into the role of the DPO but not sure how to become a DPO, or are you just wanting to find out what the legal requirements and responsibilities are of the role, then this Data Protection Officer training course is for you.  

Data Protection Officer Training Course Overview

The Data Protection Officer (DPO) has a statutory basis in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The Data Protection Officer will be the person staff approach for advice and guidance and it is their job to make sure the organisation stays on track with their data protection compliance program.   

The Article 29 Working Party details that Data Protection Officers (‘DPO’s) will be at the heart of the legal framework for many organisations. Under the GDPR it is mandatory for certain controllers and processors to designate a DPO. This is the case for all public authorities and bodies (irrespective of what data they process), and for other organisations that – as a core activity – monitor individuals systematically and on a large scale, or that process special categories of personal data on a large scale.

This one-day course presents practical exercises about the role of the Data Protection Officer, key responsibilities and actions of the role; covering an introduction to privacy law, the GDPR articles; Designation of DPO, Tasks and Position of DPO. Exercises covering the importance of accountability and transparency. Looking at the difference between implementation and advice/inform and monitor. How to avoid conflict of interest and how to manage a difference of opinions.  

This course will support you to build and embed a Data Protection by design culture and lots more!  

Who should attend?

This course is for Data Protection Officers or any staff that work or are associated with the Data Protection Officer role. 


Data Protection Officer Course Programme

9:45 - 10:00Welcome aims
10:00 - 11:30Introduction in to privacy law
Exercise: History of Privacy Law
Exercise: Legal Framework - General Data Protection Regulations & Data Protection Act
Exercise: What is your privacy Appetite
Key roles for DPO
Allies or Enemies - Internal divisions
Exercise: Privacy roles – more than just a DPO
Exercise: What legal types of data?
Exercise: What is Personal and Sensitive?
Exercise; Who does the Law effect?
Exercise: Relationships
11:30 – 11:45Refreshment break
11:45 – 13:15Designation of DPO
Discussion: When do you legally have to have a DPO?
Exercise: Pro's and Con's
Discussion: Who should be a DPO?
What professional experience does the DPO need?
Expert knowledge
DPO Qualities
Skills & Expertise
Publication & Communication of DPO’s contact details
13:15 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Tasks of DPO
Discussion: What is a DPO liable for?
Discussion: What is a DPO responsible for?
Exercise; Implementation vs Advice
Cooperating with the supervisory authority and acting as a contact point
How might DPO monitor compliance?

Position of Data Protection Officer
When should the Controller should seek advice of DPO?
Exercise: What are a DPO's Roles and Responsibilities?
Scenario: Necessary resources
Discussion: DPOs must not be instructed on?
DPOs must not be instructed on
Exercise: What is Conflict of Interest?
Exercise; Risk Based Approach
Questions: Data Protection Impact Assessments
Scenario: Dismissing or Penalising a DPO
Case Study: Facebook
Cyber Security
15:00 – 15:15Refreshment break
15:15 – 16:15Where to begin?
Privacy management Programme OR GDPR Compliance Project?
Diagram – steps to take when establishing a programme
Management systems BS10012 and ISO 27701
Complete Regular Audits
Exercise: What the DPO did next?
16:15 – 16:30Summary and close
Data Protection Officer Course Dates

Virtual Training Thursday28th May 20202 places left
LondonTuesday 23rd June 2020Places Available
BirminghamMonday 6th July 2020Places Available
LondonTuesday 15th September 2020Places Available
BirminghamMonday 12th October 2020Places Available
ManchesterTuesday 1st December 2020Places Available
Cost                      £375 + VAT per delegate (Lunch Provided) 


  • The practical exercises; Relationships, Implementation and Advice, Necessary Resources and Conflict of Interest were really good. The Trainer was very interactive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this course.
    Data Protection Officer - NHS Foundation Trust
  • This was a really interactive course. I enjoyed the group discussions and very much enjoyed the risk based approach exercise.
    Information Governance Manager - University

Want to know more about our Data Protection Officer Trainers?

Our Trainers are amazing, between us we have over 100 years of experience working in information Governance.

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All prices include the attendance of 15 delegates, a course workbook, additional reading, slide handouts, an LTD delegate folder, a pen and a CPD certificate. If booked in advance, we offer a 4 week after care package.


Q & A

When will I be advised of the venue location?

Exact location are sent out via email, two weeks before the course, we would therefore advise you not to book accommodation until the venue is confirmed.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

We will always offer you another course date, to ensure you don’t miss out however, if you are unable to attend further dates, we will offer you a refund. See full terms and conditions.

Do you offer any course discounts?

Yes we offer a 10% discount if you book multiple people from the same organisation, at the same time.

Will I get a recognised qualification?

As part of our accreditation with the CPD accreditation group, you will receive 6 CPD points for each course attended.