Certification Exam Day

Please note that over the coming months, the length in items and time of many of our exams will be changing. For more details, click each individual exam’s “Examinations” tab.

Event-based exams

Test center exams

 

Event-based Exams

Event-based exam general instructions

Confirmation of exam day details, including location, time and any building security procedures, will be e-mailed to you at least one week prior to the exam date. You are responsible for identifying the best way to get to the exam location and where to park.

You will need to bring a valid photo ID to gain admission to the exam. A driver’s license, passport, military ID on other government-issued ID will qualify. The name printed on your identification must match the name you used to register. If you have a name change between the date of your registration and the date of the exam, please bring documentation of the name change with you to the exam session.

Event-based exam schedule

It is important to allow enough time for the examination check-in process. At major IAPP events, exams are typically held in approximately four-hour time blocks (e.g., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 5 p.m.). It is your responsibility to allow sufficient time to reach the exam location, park and check in. The IAPP generally advises you to arrive at least 15 minutes and up to 30 minute prior to the start of the exam in order to clear any building security and choose a seat in the exam room.

For all IAPP event-based exam sessions, the Certification Foundation exam is presented first and runs for 100 minutes. Following a short break, designation examinations are administered concurrently. The CIPP/US, CIPP/G and CIPM designation exams last 80-minutes, whereas CIPP/E, CIPP/C and CIPP/IT exams last 70-minutes. If you are taking only a CIPP or CIPM designation exam, please plan to arrive at the scheduled end of the Certification Foundation exam. The CIPP or CIPM designation exams may begin early if all registered candidates are present.

Event-based examination procedures and rules

When you check in with the proctor(s) at your exam location, you will be provided with your sealed exam. Each examination is pre-printed and coded with your identifying information, so be sure you have received the exam bearing your name. You may not open the packet until you are instructed to do so.

IAPP exams include an integrated answer document, which you will separate from the exam booklet prior to the beginning of the timed exam session. You must wait for the proctor to announce that you may begin working. During the exam session, you may mark directly in your consumable test booklet to work through your responses and to communicate feedback about the exam to the IAPP. When you complete your exam, you will hand your test booklet and answer sheet separately to the proctor(s). Do not insert your answer sheet inside the test booklet.

Event-based examination rules

  1. All electronic devices must be turned off (not just silenced) and placed out of reach prior to the start of the exam.
  2. All reading material must be placed out of reach once the exam has begun.
  3. No food is allowed in the testing room.
  4. No conversation between candidates is allowed once the exam has begun.
  5. Responses to each item must be marked clearly on the answer document.
  6. Other than testing procedures, the proctor may not discuss any aspect of the exam with you at any time.
  7. You may be excused from the exam room by a proctor for the purpose of taking a stretch break or visiting a restroom. You may not take any materials with you, and you will not be given additional time to make up for any time lost while you are out of the exam room.
  8. You must personally submit your exam booklet and answer document to the proctor(s) when you have completed the exam.
  9. If you finish early, you may leave the exam room, submitting your exam booklet and answer document to the proctor(s) as you leave. You may not return to the exam room once you have submitted your booklet and answer document. If you leave early, gather all belongings and exit quietly.
  10. You will not be permitted to leave during the last 15 minutes of the Certification Foundation examination and the last 10 minutes of the CIPP or CIPM designation examinations to avoid disturbing other candidates.

Late arrival to an event-based exam

Late arrivals will be admitted up to 40 minutes into the Certification Foundation exam and 20 minutes into the CIPP or CIPM designation exams, but you will not be given additional time to complete the exam. If you arrive later than these times, you cannot be admitted to the exam room.

Failure to report for your exam

If you fail to report for your exam without proper notification to the IAPP (see cancellation policy below), your registration will be cancelled and your fees will not be credited or refunded.

Refunds and cancellations for event-based exams 

Certification exam registration fees are non-refundable but can be held as one-time-only credits that may be applied toward a subsequent certification exam date. In order to receive credit you must contact the IAPP by phone or e-mail no less than 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled exam. No credit will be given to those who fail to attend their registered exam without 24-hour advance notification to the IAPP. A fully executed registration form, online registration and e-mail confirmation all constitute a binding agreement between the two parties. Exam dates are subject to change based upon exam proctor availability, weather conditions and other factors.

Event-based exam results

Your scores will be reported to you via e-mail within a month from the date of your exam, unless otherwise communicated to you in the examination confirmation e-mail.

Outcome scenarios

On all IAPP exams, each non-trial item has equal value and is scored as correct or incorrect. Unanswered non-trial items are considered incorrect and there is no additional penalty for incorrect answers.

For the Certification Foundation, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G and CIPM examinations the passing score is a scale score of 300. For the CIPP/IT, the passing score is 70% correct.

If you are a new candidate for IAPP certification, you must pass both the Certification Foundation and a CIPP or CIPM designation exam in order to hold a credential. If you already hold a CIPP or CIPM certification, you are not required to retake the Certification Foundation exam, but you must pass the exam for the designation you are pursuing.

If you pass both the Certification Foundation and a designation exam, you will be granted a privacy certification as of the date of your exam.

If you pass the Certification Foundation exam but not a designation exam, you are not granted a certification. If you pass a designation exam but not the Certification Foundation exam, you are not granted a certification. You are not required to retake the exam you already passed, but you are eligible to retake the exam you failed at half price.

Confidentiality 

Information about candidates is considered confidential; however, verification of an individual's privacy certification is sometimes released upon request of a third party, such as an employment company. The IAPP will never share your specific exam data beyond verification of credential status with anyone other than you.

 

Test Center Exams

Test center exam general instructions

Confirmation of exam day details, including location, time, any building security procedures and your authorization code, will be e-mailed to you at the time you make your test center reservation. Your reservation is also logged into your IAPP account. If you lose your reservation and are unable to access your account, please call the IAPP. You are responsible for identifying the best way to get to the exam location and where to park.

You will need to bring two forms of identification, at least one of which must be a valid, government-issued photo ID to gain admission to the exam. A driver’s license, passport, military ID or other government-issued ID will qualify. The name printed on your identification must match the name you used to register. If you have a name change between the date of your registration and the date of the exam, please bring documentation of the name change with you to the exam session.

Your examination reservation confirmation e-mail will include a personal exam authorization code. You must therefore bring your confirmation e-mail with you to the testing center. Testing center personnel cannot activate your examination without this code, and they cannot access the code for you.  If you fail to bring the authorization code with you, you will not be able to sit for the exam and will be considered a no-show, forfeiting all examination fees. If you lose your confirmation e-mail, you may e-mail the IAPP certification department at certification@privacyassociation.org, and we can re-send it.

Test center exam schedule

It is important to allow enough time for the exam check-in process. The IAPP generally advises you to arrive at least 15 minutes and no more than 30 minute prior to your exam reservation time in order to check in with testing center personnel.

If you plan to take more than one exam (e.g., Certification Foundation and a CIPP or CIPM designation), you must make separate reservations for each. It may be possible to schedule both exams on the same day, but be sure you allow sufficient time. For example, if you make a Certification Foundation reservation for 1 p.m., you should make the designation reservations at 2:45 p.m. or later.

Test center exam procedures and rules

When you check in with the proctor(s) at your exam location, you will be assigned to a computer workstation. At the beginning of the exam session, the proctor will activate the test session by instructing you to enter the appropriate authorization code(s). Once you are in the exam session, you will be able to navigate freely by moving back and forth between items in a manner similar to a traditional paper-pencil testing experience. You will select your answer to each question by clicking on the option you believe to be correct. Your answers will be recorded and scored.

Test center exam rules

  1. No electronic devices may be taken into the testing room. Some test centers have lockers where you can leave personal possessions during the exam, but the IAPP advises you not to bring them with you.
  2. No reading material of any kind is allowed in the testing room.
  3. No food is allowed in the testing room.
  4. No conversation between test-takers is allowed during the examination.
  5. Other than testing procedures, the proctor may not discuss any aspect of the exam with you at any time.
  6. You may be excused from the exam room by an exam proctor for the purpose of taking a stretch break or visiting a restroom. You will not be given additional time to make up for any time lost while you are out of the testing room.
  7. Test center personnel will explain any other procedures and rules when you arrive.

Note: Some test centers may have specific rules and procedures. Be sure to read your reservation confirmation carefully.

Late arrival to a test center exam

Because test centers operate on schedules and other test-takers may have exams after you, if you arrive late you may not be allowed to take your exam and will be considered a no-show, forfeiting all fees.

Failure to report for your exam

If you fail to report for your examination(s) without proper notification to the IAPP (see cancellation policy below), your registration will be cancelled and your fees will not be credited or refunded.

Refunds and cancellations for a test center exam 

Reservations can be cancelled until 72 hours prior to the appointment by calling the IAPP at +1 603.427.9200 ext. 298. Except in the case of documented medical or family emergencies, reservations cannot be changed or cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the appointment without an incurred $75 per exam fee. You must contact the Certification Department at the IAPP, make payment and confirm that your exam has been rescheduled before the original test session has occurred or you will forfeit the full cost of the exam.

Exam results

Exam results will be provided on the screen at the conclusion of your exam and e-mailed to the e-mail address you have on file with the IAPP.

Outcome scenarios

On all IAPP exams, each item has equal value and is scored as correct or incorrect. Unanswered items are considered incorrect and there is no additional penalty for incorrect answers.

For the Certification Foundation, CIPP/US, CIPP/C and CIPP/E examinations the passing score is a scale score of 300. For the CIPP/IT, the passing score is 70% correct.

If you are a new candidate for IAPP certification, you must pass both the Certification Foundation and a CIPP or CIPM designation exam in order to hold a credential. If you already hold an IAPP certification, you are not required to retake the Certification Foundation exam, but you must pass the exam for the designation you are pursuing.

If you pass both the Certification Foundation and a designation exam, you will be granted a privacy certification as of the date of your exam.

If you pass the Certification Foundation exam but not a designation exam, you are not granted a certification. If you pass a designation exam but not the Certification Foundation exam, you are not granted a certification. You are not required to retake the exam you already passed, but you are eligible to retake the exam you failed at half price.

Confidentiality

Information about candidates is considered confidential; however, verification of an individual's privacy certification is sometimes released upon request of a third party, such as an employment company. The IAPP will never share your specific exam data beyond verification of credential status with anyone other than you.