The Value of Accreditation


The IAPP’s CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/US and CIPT credentials are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 17024: 2012.

ANSI is an internationally respected accrediting body that assesses and accredits certification programs that meet rigorous standards. Their accreditations conform to the global standard set forth by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), giving them an international stamp of approval, and acceptance by governing bodies across the globe.

The IAPP offers the world’s first and only accredited global certification in information privacy, recognized for meeting the ANSI gold standard that allows you to certify once and be accepted everywhere.

Why is accreditation so important?

Achieving accreditation is a tremendous acknowledgement of the quality and integrity of the IAPP’s certification programs:

  • Demonstrates that IAPP credentials meet a global, industry-recognized benchmark
  • Ensures IAPP credentials are consistent, comparable and reliable worldwide, giving professionals the opportunity to have skills that translate across borders
  • Protects the integrity and ensures the validity of the IAPP certification program
  • Promotes to employers, colleagues, clients and vendors that IAPP-certified professionals have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their work anywhere in the world.

Learn more about how you can become IAPP-certified or find out how you can bring IAPP certification to a group in your organization.

About ANSI Accreditation

By adhering to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process, ANSI ensures that its accreditation work conforms to the highest accreditation standard and represents the best practices in the field. Additionally, being recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) provides further confidence that ANSI accreditation conforms to global requirements for accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17011) and has successfully demonstrated its competence through a rigorous peer-evaluation process. As a result, credentials accredited by ANSI will find themselves accepted worldwide. ANSI’s personnel certification accreditation program was the first such program in the United States to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the global benchmark for accreditation body practice. ANSI is currently the only personnel certification accreditation body in the United States to meet nationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies. Accordingly, ANSI’s accreditation program is recognized as a leader in personnel credentialing.