Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - GDPR Conversion


GDPR Conversion Programme

The GDPR Conversion Programme allows holders of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection ("PC.dp") who gained their qualification prior to 2018 to upgrade their qualification for the GDPR era.


Build upon your existing training and get fully up to date with the GDPRThe Programme

The GDPR Conversion Programme provides candidates with:

  • Key documentation and learning materials on the GDPR
  • Online multiple choice examination
  • An updated certificate
  • Recognition in an online register of qualified practitioners of the upgraded GDPR qualification


The Training Materials

This self-study Programme allows previously qualified candidates to study at their own pace, either at home or in the office. The comprehensive materials consist of 8 learning modules. Each module contains self-assessment questions (with answers) to allow candidates to test their knowledge and to prepare for the online examination.

Study online at a pace to suit you

Self-study Programme enables you to learn at your own pace


The Exam

When candidates are ready, they can proceed to take the online examination. The examination is ‘open book’, meaning that candidates can refer to their materials, books and notes during the examination.


The Fee

The fee for the GDPR Conversion Programme is €495.00.  A discount of 10% is available for each additional candidate from your organisation enrolling at the same time.


Continuing Professional Development

The GDPR requires data protection professionals to maintain their knowledge on an ongoing basis. For this reason, the Examination Board has stipulated that candidates who qualify under the GDPR Conversion Programme (as for all candidates who qualify in 2018 or later) are required to attend one designated training course per year after successfully upgrading their qualification. Designated training courses are listed in the online FAQs section.



To enrol on the GDPR Conversion Programme, please complete the online booking form.


For any queries regarding the GDPR Conversion Programme, please send us an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it







Make a booking for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (GDPR Conversion Programme)

Sign up for PDP's Email Newsletter




"I am thrilled to pass the GDPR Conversion Programme, having previously passed the Practitioner exam in 2015. The course material was clear and concise, building on previous data protection knowledge,  very easy to access online and study at your own pace. I would recommend anyone who previously obtained certified data protection practitioner status to take the conversion course to ensure their expertise is up-to-date."

Claire Ramstead
Allianz Insurance


"I’m delighted to have passed the Conversion Programme and achieve an updated qualification which reflects GDPR. The course materials were well designed and easy to work through, and it was great to be able to take the online exam when I felt ready to."

Joanne Maurizi
Ecology Building Society


"I’m delighted to have passed the GDPR Conversion Programme Examination. The Programme was both enjoyable and challenging, providing an in depth look at the changes GDPR brings and how to apply these in practice.  I am now confident that my knowledge of Data Protection Law remains up to date and comfortable that I can apply the new regulations in practice in my day to day role."

Julie Groves
Capital One


"Having gained the previous practitioner qualification at the start of 2017, I was keen to follow through with the GDPR upgrade path, as formal recognition of the GDPR preparation work I have carried out over the last year. PDP qualifications in Data Protection give reassurance that the practitioner has been properly trained and assessed in this increasingly complicated area."

Douglas Rintoul
Johnston Carmichael


"As always PDP provided me with excellent, detailed lecture notes that helped guide me through the changes in the law.  I would recommend reading Peter Carey’s data protection guide, it is highly informative and useful.  As a Data Protection Officer it is a constant by my side in any meeting"

Gemma Thomas
Police Conduct Authority


“I am thrilled to have passed my GDPR Conversion Programme. The course was challenging but being able to study each module in my own time and select the time of my choosing to take the exam really helped me to pass the exam. My studying with PDP enabled me to gain firstly my Data Protection Practitioners Certificate and then to update it to GDPR, I would recommend the course to anyone. I had no prior data protection experience before embarking on either course. I have gone from a novice to our “go to” data protection/GDPR expert.”

Sue Allred
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust 


“As the Data Protection Officer for my firm, the PDP qualification (GDPR) helps reinforce my credibility, both internally and externally, as a data protection professional who whose advice and guidance can be relied upon. I would have no hesitation in recommending the qualification to anyone involved in providing data protection support within their organisation.”

Joanne Dick
Carter Jonas


“As a PDP ‘regular’ I found the conversion course was up to the usual high standard. The exam was also suitably testing.”

Paul Woods
Government Legal Department


“I obtained the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PC.dp.) in December 2017 and having gone through an excellent training programme with PDP, I was inclined to follow this up by upgrading it to GDPR. The conversion programme is well designed as I could read through the material at my own pace, and take an online exam at my convenience. The training material, information and guidance provided by PDP was excellent.”

Ashish Batra
Director, Global Risk Assurance & Compliance
Pearson VUE