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. The IAPP offers the world’s first and only accredited global certification in information privacy—and now it has been recognized for meeting the gold standard.

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 national lines
  • 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

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. 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.