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Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) is the first and only certification of its kind worldwide. With regulators everywhere calling for data privacy to be factored into products and services, CIPT is designed to meet the growing need that only technical professionals can fill - securing data privacy at all stages of IT product and service lifecycles.

Privacy from the Ground Up

Launched by IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) in 2014, CIPT identifies technology experts who know how to build privacy architecture from the ground up. It is ideal for:

  • Technical professionals who develop, engineer and audit IT services, applications, and devices
  • Those who need to implement privacy in day-to-day operations
  • Those who need to know how to correctly develop a team to execute the privacy requirements.

The “how” of Privacy and Technology

CIPT applies to anyone in IT, security, or engineering. It covers privacy and data protection practices in the development, engineering, deployment and auditing of IT products and services. Those taking the course will develop a comprehensive understanding of privacy-related issues and practices in the context of the design and implementation of information and communication technologies and systems.

Benefits of Privacy Certification

The IAPP’s certifications in privacy and data protection law and practice have plugged thousands of professionals into the information economy. Now technology professionals like you can take privacy knowledge—and your career—to a higher level.


Learning outcomes

  • Critical privacy concepts and practices that impact IT
  • Critical privacy concepts and practices that impact IT
  • Consumer privacy expectations and responsibility
  • How to bake privacy into early stages of IT products and services for cost control, accuracy and speed-to-market
  • How to establish privacy practices for data collection and transfer
  • How to pre-empt privacy issues in the Internet of Things
  • How to factor privacy into data classification and emerging tech such as cloud computing, facial recognition and surveillance
  • How to communicate privacy issues with partners such as management, development, marketing and legal.

Who should attend

The GDPR includes among its mandates the requirement to appoint knowledgeable DPOs (data protection officers) tasked with monitoring compliance, managing internal data protection activities, training data processing staff, conducting internal audits and more. There’s a lot to know, there’s a lot at stake and there’s a lot of opportunity for privacy professionals with the right training and education.

This course is suitable for:

  • Data Protection Officers
  • Privacy Professionals
  • Audit Professionals
  • Legal Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Information Security Professionals

Course contents

The CIPT certification is comprised of seven domains:

1. Understanding the need for privacy in the IT environment
  • Evolving compliance requirements
  • IT risksc. Stakeholder expectations for privacy
  • Privacy vs. security
2. Core privacy concepts
  • Foundational elements for embedding privacy in IT
  • The information lifecycle
  • Common privacy principles
3. Privacy considerations in the information life cycle
  • Disclosure
  • Collection
  • Use
  • Retention
  • Destruction
4. Privacy in systems and applications
  • The enterprise IT environment
  • Identity and access management
  • Credit card information and processing
  • Remote access, telecommuting and BYOD
  • Data encryption
  • Other privacy enhancing technologies in the enterprise
  • Specific considerations for customer-facing applications
5. Privacy techniques
  • Authentication techniques and degrees of strength
  • Identifiability
  • Data protection by design
6. Online privacy issues
  • Specific requirements for the online environment
  • Social media and websites that present a higher level of privacy challenges
  • Online threats
  • E-commerce personalisation
  • Online advertising
  • Understanding cookies, beacons and other tracking technologies
  • Machine-readable privacy policy languages
  • Web browser privacy and security features
  • Web security protocols
7. Technologies with privacy considerations
  • Cloud computing
  • Wireless IDs
  • Location-based services
  • “Smart” technologiese. Video/data/audio surveillance
  • Biometric recognition

The CIPT body of knowledge outlines all the concepts and topics that you need to know to become certified. The exam blueprint gives you an idea of how many questions from each topic area you can expect on the exam. We recommend you download and read the following publications provided by the IAPP:

Course fees

Fees per person

CIPT Certified Information Privacy Technologist

  • $2800 + gst

COMBINATION PRICING: Take CIPT together with either CIMP or CIPP/E and receive a $500 discount on course fees

What’s included in your training:

  • 2 days of Tier-1 instructor-led training
  • Official course notes provided by IAPP
  • Official IAPP Certificate Exam voucher
  • 12 months of IAPP Professional Membership


Certification Exam

The IAPP uses computer-based exams, which are administered through Pearson VUE testing centres at locations throughout the world. Available testing centres can be viewed upon scheduling an exam. You will receive your results immediately upon concluding your exam, and a confirmation print out will be provided by the testing centre. Exam results will update in the IAPP system after one business day.

All results are placed on a common scale, ranging from 100 to 500. The passing score for all IAPP exams is 300 (which does not represent 50 percent). Typically, passing scores range between 65 and 80 percent correct, depending on the program and exam form.

Candidates unsuccessful on the examination are permitted to sit for the next exam administration at a reduced fee of $375.

Additional Resources provided by the IAPP
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IAPP offers its training in a modular format using 2-day courses. By combing your CIPT certification with the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) 2-day course, you’ll be uniquely positioned to both understand the technologies required to support privacy as well as the management program needed to implement and support these technologies. Talk to ALC about a combined course discount!