All candidates seeking their first IAPP privacy certification (CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT or CIPM designation) need to pass the Certification Foundation exam. The Certification Foundation covers elementary concepts of privacy and data protection from a global perspective. The Certification Foundation is designed to provide the basis for a multi-faceted approach to privacy and data protection and to allow for the specific application of IAPP privacy certifications to build upon this foundation with minimal repetition.
The Foundation course components are:
I. Common principles and approaches to privacy
- A modern history of privacy
- Types of information
- Information risk management
- Modern privacy principles
II. Jurisdictions and industries
- Geography: privacy and data protection regulation
- Sectors of privacy law
III. Information Security: safeguarding personal information
- Introduction to Information Security
- Information Security management
IV. Online privacy: using personal information on websites and with other Internet-related technologies
- The web as a platform
- Privacy considerations for sensitive online information
The Certification Foundation exam is a 90-minute, 90-item, objective test.
The Foundation exam is composed of 90 multiple choice items. There are no essay questions. Each correct answer is worth one point.
It is important to note that Certification Foundation is not itself an IAPP certification; you must pass both the Certification Foundation and a designation exam to achieve certification.
Please note that on March 7, 2014, The Certification Foundation exam will become a 100-minute, 105 item objective test. The test will include 90 scored items and 15 non-scored trial items. If you plan to schedule your exam on or after that date, please make sure to take into account the new length of the exam.