Maintaining Your Certification

Whether you’ve been IAPP-certified for years, or you are just joining the ranks, your credential makes you stand out. Requiring continuing privacy education ensures you’re your IAPP credential continues to validate your expertise and remains the global standard in privacy certification. Congratulations on being part of the certified privacy community.

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Requirements for maintaining your certification

Once you have earned your credential, you must meet two minimum requirements to maintain your credentialed status:
1. You must keep your IAPP membership—at any level—in good standing each year
2. You must fulfill at least 10 hours of continuing privacy education (CPE) per year

How to earn CPE credits

With a few exceptions, privacy- or security-related events or programs are eligible for IAPP continuing education credit. Certified members who purchase and attend the following IAPP events will be awarded CPE credits for that event two weeks after the event.

Submitting CPEs for non-IAPP programs

To be awarded CPE credit for any program not hosted or sponsored by the IAPP, you must complete the CPE Submission Form, which automatically updates your CPE credit account. Use the CPE Credit Guide to determine the appropriate number of CPE units to request.

The following are examples of non-IAPP programs that are eligible for CPE credit:

  • Information security events and programs such as those provided by ISSA, (ISC)2, ISACA and other leading information security organizations
  • Privacy seminars or courses not hosted by IAPP or that are outside of the official IAPP calendar
  • Privacy-related speaking, writing or teaching engagements

See our list of Approved CPE Providers for approved CPE activities. To ensure you will receive CPE credit for other activities, use our Pre-Approval Request form.

You may also earn credit for reading publications listed on the IAPP Bibliography of Recommended Reading (pdf 226KB). One CPE credit for every 50 pages of written text will be automatically awarded upon submitting our CPE Submission Form. The IAPP bibliography is provided as a reference; you may also submit applications for other texts as long as they are privacy-related. Please retain supporting documentation in the case you are chosen for a random audit.

Official IAPP Continuing Privacy Education (CPE) Policy