CIPM Certification Program

Certified Information Privacy Manager

Achieving the CIPM designation shows that you possess a strong knowledge of privacy program governance and the skills to establish, maintain and manage a privacy program across all stages of its operational life cycle.

The CIPM complements the CIPP designation by demonstrating that in addition to understanding laws and regulations around privacy, you also understand how to operationalize privacy in your organization through process and technology.

Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

Holding a CIPM designation shows that you understand the “how” of privacy. It demonstrates an understanding of privacy program governance and the skills necessary to establish, maintain and manage a privacy program across all stages of its operational life cycle.

Launched in 2013, the CIPM demonstrates an evolution in our industry. It is the first and only certification in privacy program management, developed in response to overwhelming demand to collect and collate common practices for managing privacy operations.

Subject matter areas include:

Creating a company vision
Structuring the privacy team
Developing and implementing a privacy program framework
Communicating to stakeholders
Performance measurement
The privacy program operational life cycle

See the complete current CIPM Body of Knowledge

See the CIPM Exam Blueprint

To become CIPM-certified, you must successfully complete the Certification Foundation examination before or after the CIPM exam.

Who Should Apply

Chief privacy officers (CPOs) and other senior information management professionals in both the public and private sectors
Corporate privacy managers, legal compliance officers and risk managers
Corporate managers who are responsible for privacy within their teams, such as human resources, procurement, marketing and customer relations
Non–privacy professionals who serve or support a privacy or compliance team and who need to achieve a consistent level of privacy education
Information security professionals (CISO, CISSP)
Information auditing and IT governance professionals (CISA, CISM)

CIPM Certification Requirements

1. Become an IAPP Member

Each certification candidate must become an IAPP member prior to testing. Membership provides access to the world’s largest community of privacy professionals, including valuable educational resources and networking opportunities. A variety of annual membership levels are available. Learn more about the benefits of IAPP membership.

2. Pass the Certification Foundation Exam

The Certification Foundation exam is required for all first-time certification candidates. It assesses understanding of fundamental concepts of privacy and data protection and covers common privacy principles and approaches, global data protection models, information security controls and online privacy protections. These practice areas are relevant to all privacy professionals regardless of legal jurisdiction, geographic location or practice specialization.

3. Pass the CIPM Exam

Candidates must also pass the CIPM exam. The CIPM exam layers over the Certification Foundation Exam, resulting in CIPM certification.

CIPM Certification Preparation

Privacy certification is an important career effort that requires advance preparation. Choosing how you will prepare for your privacy certification exams is a personal choice that should include an assessment of your professional background, scope of privacy knowledge and your preferred method of learning. In general, the IAPP recommends that candidates plan for a minimum of 20 hours of study time in advance of your exam date; however, you might need more or fewer hours depending on your personal choices and professional experience.

The way in which you choose to prepare for your exams should be based on your level of familiarity with the exam content and your preferred learning style.

The IAPP strongly recommends that you prepare in the following manner:

1. Review the Bodies of Knowledge and Exam Blueprint

The bodies of knowledge are comprehensive outlines of the subject matter areas covered by the both the Certification Foundation and the CIPM exams; the exam blueprints specify the approximate number of items on the examinations in each area of the bodies of knowledge.

Certification Foundation Common Body of Knowledge

Certification Foundation Exam Blueprint

CIPM Body of Knowledge

CIPM Exam Blueprint

2. Study the Textbooks

Certification Foundation Textbook:

Foundations of Information Privacy and Data Protection: A Survey of Global Concepts, Laws and Practices

Foundations of Information Privacy and Data Protection: A Survey of Global Concepts, Laws and Practices
Peter P. Swire, CIPP/US
Kenesa Ahmad, CIPP/US

CIPM Textbook:

Privacy Program Management
Russell R. Densmore, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT

3. Get Certification Training

The IAPP offers both in-person certification prep classes and online training to help you prepare for your Foundation and CIPM exams.

IAPP certification prep classes are offered at IAPP conferences, in conjunction with industry events in select cities throughout the year. You are not required to attend the IAPP conference in order to attend the Certification Prep class. All certification prep classes include an accompanying coursebook. See a list of upcoming Certification Prep classes.

Online training for the Certification Foundation and CIPM is currently available. It is recommended as a complement to a certification prep class, or an alternative training method if you are not able to attend a class. The training coursebooks are downloadable from online training.

4. Take the CIPM Practice Tests

CIPM practice tests are a great way to gain familiarity with the format and content of the actual designation exams. Each practice test includes suggestions for use, a sample answer sheet, questions, answer key and an explanation of each correct answer.

Certification Foundation Practice Test

CIPM Practice Test

5. Additional Resources

Glossary of Privacy Terms

CIPM Exam Content and Format

Candidates for CIPM certification must pass both the Certification Foundation and the CIPM exams. Partial completion will result in no certification being awarded until such time that all requirements are met.

Note: Existing CIPP holders who are seeking a CIPM designation are exempted from the Foundation testing requirement.

Certification Foundation Exam Format

The Certification Foundation exam is a 100-minute, 105-item, objective test.

The Foundation exam is composed of 90 scored multiple choice items and 15 non-score multiple choice trial items. There are no essay questions. Each non-trial item correct answer is worth one point.

Note: Existing CIPP holders who are seeking an additional credential are exempted from the Foundation testing requirement.

CIPM Exam Format

The CIPM is an 80-minute, 57-item, objective test covering the following general topics:

I. Privacy Program Governance
II. Privacy Operational Life Cycle

The CIPM exam is comprised of 45 scored multiple choice items and 12 non-scored multiple choice trial items. Thirty of the multiple choice items are associated with four scenarios. There are no essay questions. Each non-trial item correct answer is worth one point.

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1. IAPP Membership

Available IAPP memberships (select one):

Professional
Open to privacy professionals.
  $250
 
Government
Reserved for city, state or federal employees.
  $100
 
Not-for-profit
Reserved for employees of non-profit organizations.
  $100
 
Higher Education
Reserved for employees of accredited institutions.
  $100
 
Student
Reserved for full-time students at accredited institutions.
 
  $50
     

2. Textbooks

Foundations of Information Privacy and Data Protection: A Survey of Global Concepts, Laws and Practices   $65
 
Privacy Program Management   $65
     

3. Training

NEW! Prep classes featuring in-person instruction by IAPP Professional Privacy Faculty are now available in cities around the world. See a complete prep class schedule now.

Certification Foundation Online Training   $425
 
CIPM Online Training   $525
 
In-person training is available at IAPP conferences and select industry events. Separate registration is required. See available training events now.
 
 
     

4. Practice Tests

Certification Foundation Practice Test   $25
 
CIPM Practice Test   $25
     

5. Testing

Certification Foundation Exam   $275
 
CIPM Exam   $275