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Tkm Consulting provides data protection training and consultancy across the UK, having worked with data protection laws and information governance for the last 20 years.

Training

Tkm provides data protection training across the UK

Here at Tkm, we offer a range of data protection qualifications including professional certificates from the BCS, courses certificated by the SQA, and customised in house training. More details…

Consultancy

Tkm offers data protection advice and consultancy, and DPO as a service

We provide Data Protection Officer services as well as advice and guidance on practical compliance with data protection laws. More details..

Blogs

Check out our blogs on data protection. These look at the role of data protection, training requirements and more. More details…

Contact Us

To contact us about data protection training or with an enquiry, please e-mail us or use our enquiry form. You can also sign up to receive new training dates.

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is designed for candidates with some existing data protection responsibilities, wishing to gain a broader understanding of current laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Target Audience

This course is intended for people who have existing responsibilities in data protection and have a basic understanding of relevant legislation.

Dates

16, 17, 23, 24 & 30 March 2020
Exam 28 April 2020
Edinburgh

Duration

This course is delivered over 5 days. The course can be run in blocks or a day each week for 5 consecutive weeks. The exam is usually scheduled two – four weeks after course delivery.

Course Content

The syllabus for this course is set by the BCS and is available from https://www.bcs.org/media/1839/dp-practitioner-syllabus.pdf.

Costs

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection costs £2,250 per person. All course costs are subject to VAT. If you have 3 or more staff requiring training, it may be more cost effective to arrange in house.  Please contact us for details.

Assessment

This course is assessed by a two hour exam that has one section of 40 multiple choice questions and a second section of 12 short answer questions. The pass mark is 65%. Further information is available from https://www.bcs.org/media/1839/dp-practitioner-syllabus.pdf.

Delivery

We run this course in locations throughout the UK – see our scheduled courses for available course dates.

We will always arrange additional courses if there is sufficient demand – please contact us to register an interest.  If you have 3 or more staff requiring training, it may be more cost effective to arrange in house training.  Please contact us for details.

Qualification

Successful candidates will receive the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Further Information

Please see https://www.bcs.org/media/1839/dp-practitioner-syllabus.pdf or contact us for details.

Other Training Qualifications

Tkm is a BCS approved training provider

BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is suitable for anyone who needs an understanding of UK data protection law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone looking to learn more about data protection law in the UK. Some pre-course reading is recommended.

Dates

2 - 4 June 2020Glasgow
24 - 26 November 2020York

Duration

The course is delivered over 3 days, which are usually run consecutively, with the exam run at the end of day 3.

Course Content

The syllabus for this course is set by the BCS and is available from https://www.bcs.org/media/1837/dp-foundation-syllabus.pdf.

Costs

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection costs £1,100 per person. All course costs are subject to VAT. If you have 4 or more staff requiring training, it is likely to be move cost effective to arrange in house.  Please contact us for details.

Assessment

This course is assessed by a one hour multiple choice paper that has 40 questions. The pass mark is 26 out of 40. Further information is available from https://www.bcs.org/media/1837/dp-foundation-syllabus.pdf .

Delivery

We run this course in locations throughout the UK – see our scheduled courses for available course dates.

We will always arrange additional courses if there is sufficient demand – please contact us to register an interest.  If you have 3 or more staff requiring training, it may be more cost effective to arrange in house training.  Please contact us for details.

Qualification

Successful candidates will receive the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection.

Further Information

Please see https://www.bcs.org/media/1837/dp-foundation-syllabus.pdf or contact us for details.

Other Training Qualifications

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is recommended as the prerequisite for the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. Tkm also offers the following qualifications in data protection:

BCS Data Protection Courses Available for 2019

What courses are available?

Tkm Consulting is delighted to announce new data protection courses are available for 2019.  Tkm Consulting is an accredited training partner for the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and we have added their data protection professional certifications to our training portfolio.  We now have courses at a range of levels including those offered by BCS together with our own qualifications, which are approved and certificated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Tkm Data Protection Courses for 2019

BCS Courses

BCS Accredited Training Partner

BCS provides a wide portfolio of professional certification that meets these needs, enhancing skills and encouraging career progression.

Data Protection Practitioner Certificate

This certificate is designed for candidates with some existing data protection responsibilities, wishing to gain a broader understanding of current laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Delivered over 5 days plus an exam day.  Further information

Data Protection Foundation Certificate

Suitable for anyone who needs to understand data protection law and GDPR.  Delivered over 3 days including an exam at the end of day 3.  Further information

GDPR Update Certificates

Available for both the Practitioner and Foundation Certificates.  Further information

Our Data Protection Qualifications

SQA Approved

Tkm Consulting’s qualifications are approved and certificated by the SQA, one of the UK’s qualifications regulators. They are also on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  The qualifications focus on enabling those attending to gain practical skills to achieve compliance, covering relevant data protection legislation, information governance, managing risk.

Certificate in Data Protection Compliance

A one day course for those that need an awareness of data protection legislation that they can apply to simple, common scenarios.  This award is SCQF level 6.  Further information

Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance

A five day course for those needing to be able to apply data protection legislation in a range of complex scenarios.  This award is SCQF level 8.  Further information

Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance

A five day course plus work-based assignment. This course enables those attending to demonstrate competencies in assessing and evaluating levels of compliance and risk, together with managing a programme of work towards compliance.  This award is SQCF level 10.  Further information

What is the difference between the two types of qualifications?

SCQF

Both qualifications offered by Tkm Consulting and BCS cover current data protection and associated legislation.  The BCS qualifications use the SFIA levels which are based on knowledge of data protection and associated law, as well as how it is applied in specific contexts.  Our qualifications cover managing risk and the role of information governance, and are rated on the SCQF. This allows a comparison with other qualifications across the UK and Europe and ensures a consistent level of competence is achieved by those successfully completing the qualification.

If you need any help with choosing the best qualification for you or your team, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Other Training

Customised data protection training is available for sessions delivered in house. We can also provide training on Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests as well as information governance, managing risk andrecords management. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. 

What Do Other People Say?

“Liz’s training style was practical, knowledgeable, supportive and engaging. She maintained our active participation throughout with regular exercises and opportunities for discussion. I also appreciated the quality and range of course materials and the post-course email support provided in the period leading up to the exam, supplying revision questions, model answers and answering any revision queries that came up. This course has not only provided me with a recognised qualification, it has also increased my confidence in supporting clients in this key aspect of information rights and governance.”

Heather Jack, HJBS Ltd

“I attended the Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance with very basic knowledge of data protection legislation.  I was concerned that the course may be over my head but I found that the structure and content was well balanced and made it easy to follow.
 
I am now responsible for data protection compliance in my organisation and feel that the course has given me the knowledge and confidence to be able to provide informed advice and recommendations to our Management Team. 
 
The week long course was very intense but also very rewarding and I am proud to say that I completed it.  Liz is an excellent trainer who takes the time to ensure you have grasped what is required and converts the hard to follow technical jargon into normal language. 
 
Can’t forget to mention how amazing the food was!! Definitely helped me get through the week”

NT – Oct 18

“Liz has provided us with sound knowledge and direction in many areas over the last few years. She is dedicated in providing quality service in a timely manner.  Our organisation has put a number of staff through Tkm’s courses and we will be making the one day course mandatory for any staff processing personal data.”

VM – Dec 18

Further Information and Booking

Contact us for further information. Tkm Consulting is an approved training provider with the IRMS and discounts are available on all courses for individual and corporate members.

Data Protection Qualifications

We Are Launching Our New Data Protection Qualifications!

Tkm is delighted to be launching a suite of 3 approved data protection qualifications on 9 April 2018 at the Information Market as part of the ICO’s Data Protection Practitioners Conference.

 

The qualifications are based on specific learning outcomes and performance criteria, and have been designed to help people apply UK data protection legislation.  They will also assist organisations with demonstrating that key staff have the necessary skills and competencies to manage data protection compliance.  These awards are approved and certificated by the SQA, one of the UK’s qualification regulators.

 

Data Protection Qualifications

The data protection qualifications available are:

 

Certificate in Data Protection Compliance

The primary learning objective of this qualification is to enable those attending to develop a basic knowledge of data protection legislation that they are able to apply to simple, common scenarios.  It is a one day course and rated as level 6 on the SCQF, equivalent to RQF level 3 and EQF level 4 (qualifications frameworks).

 

Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance

On successful completion of the qualification, those attending will be able to demonstrate competencies in implementing data protection legislation in a range of complex scenarios, as well as understand and apply best practice set out by codes of practice. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate competencies required to deliver compliance programmes and manage aspects of information governance.  This qualification is usually delivered over 5 consecutive days and is level 8 on the SCQF, equivalent to RQF level 5 and EQF level 5.

 

Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance

On successful completion of the qualification, candidates will be able to demonstrate competencies in assessing and evaluating levels of compliance together with the risks of non-compliance within the context of their workplaces, as well as develop prioritised implementation plans.  This qualification is usually delivered over 5 consecutive days and requires the completion of a work-based assignment.  The qualification is level 10 on the SCQF, equivalent to RQF level 6 and EQF level 6.

 

Further information about the course content is available from our data protection qualifications and training pages.  The courses are continually reviewed and updated to ensure they reference current UK data protection and associated legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what will become the Data Protection Act 2018.  If you would like any help with deciding which level of training is right for you, please get in touch.

 

Come and say hello at the Information Market on 9 April when we will be offering a limited number of discounted places – we look forward to seeing you then!

 

Tkm is an approved training company of the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) and discounts are available for current members.

 

Courses are scheduled throughout the UK and we have places available for courses in Bristol, Glasgow, Gatwick and Newcastle.  Courses can also be delivered in-house and may be more cost effective if you have 4 people or more.  Prices start from £350 plus VAT for a one day course, and £1,600 plus VAT for the 5 day course.  To book and find further information please see our course pagescontact us,or book through Eventbrite.

Scheduled Data Protection Training

BCS Accredited Training Partner

Scheduled GDPR, data protection and other information governance training dates are listed below.

The easiest way to book your data protection training is by contacting us using our enquiry form. If you have any queries about which course would be the most suitable for you please contact us.

Tkm is SQA Approved

Please note that the majority of our training is delivered in house although we run as many open courses as possible. Please contact us if you would like to register an interest in upcoming courses or a course in a particular location. You can also register to receive our training dates.

Data Protection Training Dates

BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection – more info

2 - 4 June 2020Glasgow
24 - 26 November 2020York

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection – more info

16, 17, 23, 24 & 30 March 2020
Exam 28 April 2020
Edinburgh

Tkm Certificate/Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance – more info

21, 22, 28, 29 September & 5 October 2020
Exam 4 November 2020
Perth

Tkm Certificate in Data Protection Compliance – more info

7 January 2020Glasgow
3 November 2020Perth

Coming soon – Auditing Data Protection Compliance

SCQF

A one day course to help you audit compliance within your organisation. To register an interest, please contact us.

Please note that all courses require a minimum number of people to run.

Tkm is a training partner of the IRMS

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are not sure which course is right for you. If your organisation has 3 or more people that require GDPR and data protection training please ask us about discounts. If you have 4 or more for any of the courses offered by Tkm it is likely to be more cost effective for you to run the training in house. Please contact us for details.

IRMS individual members are eligible for a 10% discount. IRMS corporate members are eligible for discount on in house training.

Certificate in Data Protection Compliance

Tkm is SQA ApprovedOverview

The Certificate in Data Protection Compliance offers a foundation level of data protection compliance training, providing an overview of the GDPR and other important and related UK data protection legislation.

This course is certificated and quality assured by the SQA, and is rated on the SCQF at level 6.  The course is ideal for general data protection staff training.

To book a place, the easiest way is to drop us an e-mail or use our use our enquiry form.  If you are not sure which course is the one for you, please contact us.

Target Audience

This course is ideal for anyone requiring an overview of data protection legislation including the GDPR.

Dates

7 January 2020Glasgow
3 November 2020Perth

Duration

This course is 1 day.

Course Content

The course provides an overview of:

  • The development of data protection law and drivers for change
  • Key definitions
  • The data protection principles including the lawfulness of processing, consent and privacy notices
  • The rights of data subjects
  • Responsibilities of controllers including:
    • designating a DPO
    • information security and personal data breaches
    • transfers to third countries and international organisations
  • The role of the Information Commissioner
  • An overview of applying the legislation in accordance with codes of practice:
    • marketing
    • information sharing
    • managing employees
    • monitoring

Assessment

This course is assessed by a one hour multiple choice exam, which is completed at the end of course delivery.

Costs

The costs for completing this course range from £325 (attendance only) to £425 (costs excluding VAT) for those wanting to sit the assessment.

If you have 3 people or more requiring data protection or GDPR training please contact us about available discounts.  If you have 4 or more, it may be more cost effective to run the course in house.  Please contact us for details.

Delivery

We run this course in locations throughout the UK – see our scheduled training for available course dates.

We will always arrange additional courses if there is sufficient demand – please contact us to register an interest.  As with all our courses, this can be delivered in house as data protection staff training.

Qualification

Successful attendees will receive a Certificate in Data Protection Compliance, approved, quality assured and certificated by the SQA.

Further Information

For further information about the Certificate in Data Protection Compliance, please see the course leaflet or contact us.

Other Training Courses and Qualifications

We offer a Certificate or Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance, which is a 5 day training course.  This is suitable for those responsible for managing data protection compliance within their organisations, including those designated as a Data Protection Officer.

Tkm also offers the following qualifications from the BCS:

Diploma/Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance

Overview

Tkm is SQA Approved

The Diploma and Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance are data protection training courses that have been developed with practitioners in mind.  The courses cover key aspects of the GDPR and other important data protection-related legislation, and focuses on practical implementation.

As well as developing an understanding the important parts of relevant legislation, the courses spend time on information governance and managing risk, and other management techniques, making our course different to many others available.

These courses are certificated and quality assured by the SQA, rated at SCQF levels 8 and 10 respectively.

To book, the easiest option is to drop us an e-mail or use our enquiry form.  Courses that are provisionally scheduled are shown on the scheduled courses page.  If you are not sure which course is the one for you, please contact us.

Target Audience

These courses are suitable for those responsible for managing data protection compliance within their organisation including Data Protection Officers.  This is an intensive course and those attending would benefit from having a basic knowledge in the requirements of data protection legislation.

Dates

2 – 6 December 2019
Exam 8 January 2020
Glasgow
21, 22, 28, 29 September & 5 October 2020
Exam 4 November 2020
Perth

Duration

The course is usually held over 5 days, followed by separate assessments.  For those wishing to achieve the Certificate, there is an extended answer exam usually held 2 – 4 weeks after course delivery.  For those who would like to achieve the Diploma, in addition to passing the extended answer exam they must successfully complete a work-based assignment.

Course Content

The course content will be continually updated to reflect current legislation applicable in the UK.   It addresses requirements of the GDPR as well as relevant UK data protection law and covers:

  • The development of data protection law and drivers for change
  • Key definitions
  • Data protection principles including the lawfulness of processing covering consent and privacy notices
  • Special categories of personal data and information about criminal convictions
  • Rights of the data subject
  • Responsibilities of controllers and processors
  • The requirements for a data protection officer
  • Data protection by design and by default and prior consultation
  • Information security
  • Breach reporting
  • Transfers to third countries and international organisations
  • The role of the Information Commissioner and relevant offences
  • Exemptions
  • Applying key codes of practice:
    • Data sharing
    • Marketing (including reference to the Privacy and Electronic Communications)
    • Employment code of practice
    • Surveillance cameras
  • Managing risk
  • Data protection impact assessments in practice
  • Information governance

Costs

The costs for completing this course ranges from £1,600 (attendance only) to £2,275 for the Diploma.  All costs quoted are exclusive of VAT.  If you have 3 people or more that require data protection or GDPR training please ask us about available discounts.  If you have 4 or more, it is likely to be move cost effective to arrange in house.  Please contact us for details.

Assessment

There are up to three assessments that are completed as part of this course:

  1. The first is a 1 hour multiple choice exam, usually held on the afternoon of day 3.  Successful candidates will be awarded the Certificate in Data Protection Compliance.
  2. The second assessment is a 2.5 hour extended answer exam, usually run 2 to 4 weeks after the course.  Successful candidates will be awarded the Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance.
  3. The final assessment is a work-based assignment.  Those that successfully complete the assignment will be awarded the Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance.

Please note that this is a progressive award scheme and therefore candidates must achieve the pass mark in each assessment before being eligible to move on to the next level.

Delivery

We run this course in locations throughout the UK – see our scheduled courses for available course dates.

We will always arrange additional courses if there is sufficient demand – please contact us to register an interest.  If you have 3 or more staff requiring training, it may be more cost effective to arrange in house training.  Please contact us for details.

Qualification

The qualification depends upon which assessments are completed. Successful attendees will receive a qualification certificate for either the Certificate in Managing Data Protection Compliance or the Diploma in Managing Data Protection Compliance.  These qualifications are approved, quality assured and certificated by the SQA, one of the UK’s 4 qualification regulators.

Further Information

For further information, please see our course leaflets:

Or contact us.

Other Training Courses and Qualifications

We offer a Certificate in Data Protection Compliance, which is a 1 day training course ideal for those requiring a basic understanding of data protection legislation.

Tkm also offers the following qualifications from the BCS:

Data protection training

Data Protection Training for GDPR – Getting it Right First Time – Part 2

data protection training
Effective data protection training will continue to be essential to ensure compliance with data protection legislation.

Training of staff is going to be a vital investment to ensure compliance with the GDPR for many organisations, although it can also be a significant cost.  It is therefore essential to make sure your organisation has a training solution that is right for them.

Following on from our first blog on data protection training, this focuses on helping to ensure you get value for money.

How Do I Chose the Best Training Option for my Organisation?

Successful data protection training programmes rely on accurately analysing and identifying the training needs of your organisation.  These can be complex when implementing programmes such as those for compliance with GDPR as it can potentially involve large numbers of staff who are going to be affected by the legislation in many different ways.  The points below provide an overview of the points you may wish to consider when choosing the training solution that is going to best for your organisation.

What data protection tasks require completion? 

It is vital to consider this in stages, starting with preparations for the implementation of the GDPR, followed by maintenance and ongoing compliance.  Are you going to require staff to develop a compliance programme, and interpret and apply the legislation within the context of the organisation?  If so, any members of staff tasked with this are likely to require a considerably higher level of competence than a member of staff tasked with basic maintenance tasks once the legislation is in place.  Similarly, if ongoing compliance tasks are likely to have a high degree of complexity or involving processing Special Categories of data, this should also be taken into consideration.

What is the current skills gap?   

This is a fundamental consideration when considering what data protection training and support is required as you need to understand what gaps in competence require managing by a training programme.  Do staff already have a good working knowledge of the DPA 1998?  If so, the training may simply address the differences between existing and new legislation.  If staff have very little knowledge, more detailed training to help them understand why compliance is important may be beneficial.

You should also think about the processing activities staff will undertake.  Having a basic knowledge of data protection legislation may be appropriate for someone undertaking simple, basic and routine tasks involving personal data.  However, it would not be an appropriate level for someone undertaking more difficult or complex processing operations, for example staff in the HR department.

To what extent will staff need to apply their knowledge?

Are business processes routine, simple and supported by tools such as IT software that limit errors?  Staff engaged in this type of processing are likely to require a lower level of competence than staff involved in complex, bespoke and highly manual processing of personal information.

It is essential to consider risk when identifying appropriate training for staff.
A successful training programme should manage key organisational risks.

What are the risks associated with processing activities?

This should consider the frequency, complexity, and volume of personal information together whether it is inherently higher risk, for example, the information includes Special Categories of personal data or detailed financial information.  It may also be worthwhile to conduct a data protection impact assessment for some of the highest risk processes if this hasn’t been completed previously as there may be alternative solutions to training.  For example, there may be options to automate highly complex, high risk processing through systems development rather than developing data protection training for a manual process.

What ongoing support will staff have available to them in the workplace?

Once staff have undertaken training, what support will be available to them to help integrate data protection competencies into their role and make sure staff understand how to apply their knowledge in a relevant context?

How are you going to maintain levels of competence?

It is essential to maintain the levels of competence required for compliance and this is likely to require a comprehensive monitoring programme together with refresher training.  The required frequency is likely to depend upon roles as well as risks associated with processing operations they undertake.

Tkm Can Help

Tkm offers a range of training solutions and can also help with conducting a training needs analysis.  To discuss the options available for your organisation, including accredited foundation and practitioner qualifications, please contact us.