IAPP Certification Programs

We live in an information economy. And as data becomes today’s most valuable currency, the risk associated with it continues to skyrocket.

Professionals who understand these risks—and the global information management practices needed to safeguard data—are in high demand.

That's where IAPP certification comes in.

Only the IAPP offers information privacy certification programs specifically designed for professionals who manage, handle and access data, and recognized and respected by employers the world over.

Must-have privacy certifications

Compare programs to find out which is right for you.


The "what"
Laws and regulations

The CIPP shows that you understand the laws, regulations and standards of privacy in your jurisdiction or discipline.

The CIPP is for you if you’re responsible for:

  • Legal
  • Compliance
  • Information management
  • Data governance
  • Human Resources


The "how"

The CIPM says that you understand how to use process and technology to manage privacy in an organization—regardless of the industry or jurisdiction.

The CIPM is for you if you’re responsible for:

  • Risk management
  • Privacy operations
  • Accountability
  • Audit
  • Privacy analytics


The "how"

The CIPT shows that your know how to manage and build privacy requirements and controls into technology.

The CIPT is for you if you’re responsible for:

  • Information technology
  • Information security
  • Software engineering
  • Privacy by Design

Success Story

Certification Foundation

You’ll need to pass two exams to become certified. The Certification Foundation is the first step toward any IAPP certification. By passing both the Certification Foundation exam and a designation exam (CIPP, CIPM or CIPT), you’ll prove that you’re part of an elite group of pros who really know their stuff.

Certification Foundation covers the elementary, global concepts of privacy and data protection that anyone who works with data needs to know:

  • Common principals and approaches to privacy
  • Jurisdictions and industries
  • Information security
  • Online privacy

If you’re already IAPP-certified and looking to add another credential to your name, you don’t need to retake the Certification Foundation. Lucky you!


Wondering how to prepare for certification? Click here.