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CIPM Frequently Asked Questions



What is the purpose of CIPM?


The CIPM - Certified Information Privacy Manager - is designed for privacy managers and data privacy leaders in an organisation.


The CIPM is the global industry standard in privacy programme management.


It teaches privacy leaders how to Operationalize Privacy in an organisational, to turn policies into programs. The training helps privacy managers master the skills to establish, maintain and manage a privacy programme across all stages of its operational lifecycle.


Who should take the CIPM?


By completing the CIPM certification, you can become a privacy leader who fosters a culture of privacy within your organization. This will help you enhance your leadership profile among your colleagues.


Privacy Program Management is the how-to training on implementing a privacy program framework, managing the privacy program operational life cycle and structuring a knowledgeable, high-performing privacy team. While it is not purely a “test prep” course, it is aligned with ANSI/ISO-accredited CIPM certification and is appropriate for those who are seeking certification, as well as those who are looking to deepen their privacy knowledge.


"Privacy Program Management is the how-to training on implementing a privacy program framework, managing the privacy program operational life cycle and structuring a knowledgeable, high-performing privacy team."


What is the meaning of CIPM in IAPP?


The Certified Information Privacy Manager accreditation. The CIPM Privacy Program Management is the how-to training on implementing a privacy program framework, managing the privacy program operational life cycle and structuring a knowledgeable, high-performing privacy team.


How do I get CIPM?


Register for training including exam certification at www.menaexecutivetraining.com/cipm. Complete the training course and take the CIPM exam at a time convenient to you.

Online and in person training is available through MENA Executive Training, an IAPP Authorised Training Partner.



What does the CIPM cover?


• How to create a privacy program framework.

• Key global data protection laws and how to comply with them.

• Processes to develop and implement data inventories, maps, assessments and more.

• The benefits of privacy training and awareness programs.

• How to plan and respond to data security incidents and breaches.

• Privacy program metrics and audits.


What is a CIPM certification?


The training helps privacy managers master the skills to establish, maintain and manage a privacy programme across all stages of its operational lifecycle.


It teaches privacy leaders how to Operationalize Privacy in an organisational, to turn policies into programs.


You will learn how to create a company vision, structure a data protection team, develop and implement system frameworks, communicate to stakeholders, measure performance and more.


What is the role of the CIPM?


The CIPM course will teach you how to make data privacy regulations work for your organization by understanding how to implement them in day-to-day operations.


It is designed to help you secure the confidence that you have the essential tools and knowledge to boost your privacy programme and add value across your organisation in both the public and private sector.




Is CIPM certification hard?


Exam preparation requires significant self study after completing the training. There are resources available to help you study, including the Sample Questions, the Body of Knowledge, the Exam Blueprint, and The Glossary of Privacy Terms.


What are 3 purposes of CIPM?


Privacy Program Management is the how-to training on:

- implementing a privacy program framework

- managing the privacy program operational life cycle, and

- structuring a knowledgeable, high-performing privacy team.


Is CIPM globally recognized?


The CIPM is the global industry standard in privacy programme management. IAPP certifications are trusted anywhere your clients’ work may take them. You can offer the only globally recognized ANSI/ISO-accredited credentialing programs in information privacy.

"The CIPM is the global industry standard in privacy programme management."


Who should take the CIPM?


• Anyone involved with data protection processes and programs.

• Data Protection Officers.

• Data Protection Managers.

• Auditors.

• Legal Compliance Officers.

• Security Managers.

• Information Managers.


What level is CIPM?


CIPM is for data privacy managers and leaders in an organisation.


While it is not purely a “test prep” course, it is aligned with ANSI/ISO-accredited CIPM certification and is appropriate for those who are seeking certification, as well as those who are looking to deepen their privacy knowledge.


What are the benefits of CIPM?


The CIPM designation shows that you’re a leader in privacy program administration and that you've got the goods to establish, maintain and manage a privacy program across all stages of its life cycle.



What will CIPM teach me?


You will learn how to:

• How to create a privacy program framework.

• Key global data protection laws and how to comply with them.

• Processes to develop and implement data inventories, maps, assessments and more.

• The benefits of privacy training and awareness programs.

• How to plan and respond to data security incidents and breaches.

• Privacy program metrics and audits.


What will I study on the CIPM?


Module 1: Introduction to privacy program management

Identifies privacy program management responsibilities and describes the role of accountability in privacy program management.


Module 2: Privacy governance

Examines considerations for developing and implementing a privacy program, including the position of the privacy function within the organization, role of the DPO, program scope and charter, privacy strategy, support and ongoing involvement of key functions and privacy frameworks.


Module 3: Applicable laws and regulations

Discusses the regulatory environment, common elements across jurisdictions and strategies for aligning compliance with organizational strategy.


Module 4: Data assessments

Relates practical processes for creating and using data inventories/maps, gap analyses, privacy assessments, privacy impact assessments/data protection impact assessments and vendor assessments.


Module 5: Policies

Describes common types of privacy-related policies, outlines components and offers strategies for implementation.


Module 6: Data subject rights

Discusses operational considerations for communicating and ensuring data subject rights, including privacy notice, choice and consent, access and rectification, data portability, and erasure.


Module 7: Training and awareness

Outlines strategies for developing and implementing privacy training and awareness programs.


Module 8: Protecting personal information

Examines a holistic approach to protecting personal information through privacy by design.


Module 9: Data breach incident plans

Provides guidance on planning for and responding to a data security incident or breach.


Module 10: Monitoring and auditing program performance

Relates common practices for monitoring, measuring, analyzing and auditing privacy program performance.






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