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Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1


This course is available by: eLearning, Virtual-LIVE and Classroom


PDP’s eLearning courses are facilitated via a dedicated learning platform using videos, supplementary documentation and multiple choice self-assessment questions. The content can be viewed at any time allowing delegates to train around other commitments. Find out more on PDP’s eLearning courses.

Virtual-LIVE (WEBEX)

For those who prefer undertaking LIVE training remotely, PDP’s virtual courses allow delegates to interact directly with the trainer and to participate in group activities, mirroring the typical structure of Classroom sessions.
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This course can be attended on an in-person basis at dedicated training venues in Central Dublin (the yellow box below lists the upcoming dates). There are ample opportunities to network with other delegates during coffee breaks and at the sit-down lunch.
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 Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1


Course Overview:

This course, which is fully up to date with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, is an introductory level session for all those that are new to data protection, or those that require a refresher on the fundamental concepts. It is designed for people who work with, or will work with, data protection issues on a regular basis.

This invaluable and practical training session examines core concepts of practical data protection compliance, including:

  • how data protection law applies to your organisation
  • what can and cannot be done with staff information and customer information
  • the requirements on organisations to keep data secure, and how to meet those requirements
  • the rights of individuals, such as customers and staff, in respect of data held by your organisation
  • the legal requirements for gathering and using information for marketing purposes, including the use of opt-out and opt-in clauses and using cookies on websites
  • the requirements for using CCTV cameras
  • an introduction to handling requests for information by individuals
  • the rules that apply to using special categories of personal data ( e.g. medical and health information, genetic data, information on sexual orientation, ethnicity data )
  • an introduction to the restrictions on sending personal data abroad
  • an introduction to the legal requirements for outsourcing personal data processing operations, e.g. payroll, call-centres and confidential waste management 
  • identifying which areas of your organisation need attention and remedial action
  • the role of the Data Protection Commissioner, including the fining powers under the GDPR

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, and delegates are encouraged to bring their queries to the session.

A discount is available for delegates booking both Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1 and Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 2 - see below.

Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Course Trainer

John Fitzsimons

John Fitzsimons,
Cornerstone Barristers

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Course Information
Dublin (Classroom)Monday, 25 September 2023
Virtual-LIVEMonday, 27 November 2023

Virtual-LIVE/Classroom - €495.00*


eLearning - €395.00

Virtual-LIVE/Classroom - 10.00am to 4.00pm

eLearning - available immediately via dedicated online training platform

Discounts available:
- 10% discount for additional delegates

*Book Levels 1 & 2 together for €895

- 20% discount for additional delegates booked together (up to 5)
- Group Licences available

Who should attend:
Compliance Officers, Human Resources Managers, Office Managers, Company Secretaries, IT Managers, Business Analysts, Records Managers, Archivists, Information Managers, Legal Advisors, Trainee Data Protection Officers, Database Managers, and others.


Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection


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Course Testimonials

“Fantastic Course! I was extremely impressed. The use of both video and text learning is very beneficial, and the use of examples to tie the information into a practical, real world scenario is fantastic.”
Allen Gallagher-Flynn
APS Ireland


“The content of the eLearning course was perfect given my level of knowledge and it was very appropriate for a new starter in this field.”
Iain Pye
Bank of Ireland


“I hugely enjoyed my PDP eLearning for both of my courses which were very useful.”
Michaela Davis-Baptiste
Mott MacDonald


“The eLearning course is very comprehensive and well explained.”
Katherine Levy
Office of the Data Protection Authority (Guernsey)
“The eLearning course was easy to follow with relatable examples. 5 stars!”
Eva Jacob
Scottish Government
“Excellent. The course was easy to understand and very informative. I enjoyed it.”
Tebadi Digwamaje
Vodacom, South Africa
“I am glad I had the opportunity to do this course. The eLearning facility was user friendly and all the information I needed was readily available. I strongly recommend this for all public and private organisations.”
Nigel Rubwe
Probation Services

“I did enjoy the eLearning course, the materials were really informative and comprehensive and suited to the level of my knowledge. Definitely expanded my understanding of Data Protection. I liked the fact I can go back to the course whenever I had the time and decide on the pace of my learning. It’s been also well structured and user friendly.”
Anna Lewszuk
Close Brothers Property Finance

“Excellent handbook. Brilliant course.”
Sarah Faieman
Dalata Hotel Group


“Good energetic trainer. Enjoyed the course.”
Linda Coughlan


“Very good course.”
Brian Lynch


“Great. Good selection of delegates form all different backgrounds and sectors.”
Noel Hennessy


“Excellent! All areas were useful, especially addressing participant questions.”
Emma Kelly
UPMC Whitfield


“Great tutor! Very informative course material.”
Vicky O’Sullivan
Dalanta Hotels Group


“Trainer – excellent! Very good presentation skills and way of explaining content to everyone.”
Jeanette Goff
Dublin City Childcare Committee


"Excellent tutor. Very informative course"
Neil Deacon
Raymond James Investment Services


“The course was well pitched at the level of the participants.  Excellent session leader. Very worthwhile”
Valerie Ryder
University of Limerick


"The tutor’s abilities in dealing with questions were excellent"
Antonia Daniel
The Pensions Regulator


"Relevant and practical. Good course notes to take away will help with implementation of our DP policy. An excellent course"
David Higginson
ING Direct


“The tutor’s examples on each element of the course were very good”
Brid Hand
Wyeth Biotech