FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the PLS Ethics Exam?

A: The IAPP Privacy Law Specialist (PLS) Ethics Exam is a one-hour, 15-question, multiple choice test based on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Candidates are required to either pass the IAPP Privacy Law Specialist Ethics Exam or submit a recent (within five years) MPRE score of 80+.

Candidates must correctly answer 11 out of 15 questions to pass. Each question includes a short scenario and four answer options, one of which is correct. The topics include: safeguarding information, fee sharing, advertising, conflict of interest, professional independence, unauthorized practice of law, client communication, evidence and privilege, competence, candor, and organization as client.

You can schedule your IAPP PLS Ethics Exam through the Purchases section of your MyIAPP account once you have purchased the bundle. For access to a free retake exam, please contact the IAPP at cbt@iapp.org.

Q: How do I prepare for the Ethics Exam?

A: There is no official IAPP study guide for this exam.

The Ethics Exam is a one-hour, 15-question, multiple choice test based on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Candidates must correctly answer 11 out of 15 questions to pass. Each question includes a short scenario and four answer options, one of which is correct. The topics include: safeguarding information, fee sharing, advertising, conflict of interest, professional independence, unauthorized practice of law, client communication, evidence and privilege, competence, candor, and organization as client.

Q: What happens if I fail the Ethics Exam?

A: For access to a free retake exam, please contact the IAPP at cbt@iapp.org.

Q: What if I already have a CIPP/US or a CIPM certification through the IAPP?

A: That’s great news! You’re already halfway there. You can purchase whatever you still need individually, such as training, an exam (including the PLS Ethics Exam) and exam prep materials. All products can be found in the IAPP Store.

Please note: Splitting, swapping or transferring of this bundle to another individual is not allowed.

Q: What if I wish to earn the CIPP/US and CIPT certifications instead of CIPM?

A: Currently, our introductory bundle is available only with the CIPP/US and CIPM certifications. You can purchase individual CIPP/US and CIPT training, exams (including the PLS Ethics Exam) and exam prep materials separately from the bundle. All products can be found in the IAPP Store.

Q: Where and when do I take the three exams?

A: Effective January 2, 2019, Pearson Vue is the IAPP’s new computer-based testing (CBT) provider. You may sit for your exam at one of Pearson Vue’s 6,000+ testing locations around the globe. You have one year to schedule and take your exam(s) from date of purchase.

Q: Is there a deadline for taking the exams after registering or after taking the online course? How should they be passed: all at once, or one after the other?

A: You have one year to schedule and take your exam(s) from date of purchase.

There are no prerequisites for the exams, so you may take them in any order.

Q: Is there a time limit for the exams?

A: Yes. You are allotted 2.5 hours for the CIPP/US and CIPM exams and 1 hour for the PLS Ethics Exam. You can find more information about the exam structure and process in the IAPP Certification Candidate Information Handbook. Exams are available at our 6,000 computer-based testing centers worldwide.

Q: Can the online bundle be used at any time, or is it for a particular date?

A: Your online bundle can be used at any time. Online training is self-paced. You can sit for your exams at any time, subject to facility availability.

Please note: There is a one-year deadline for taking your exam(s) from date of purchase.

Q: Do I have to watch the online training all at once? Does it always start from the beginning?

A: You can exit online training and return at any time to pick up where you left off.

Q: Can I revisit each of the modules of each course as many times as I like online?

A: Yes. Your course never expires, and you may view it as many times as you like. In fact, we recommend reviewing the content within each module more than once to increase retention.

Q: Do you offer in-person trainings for the required certifications?

A: Yes, we do! They are not available as part of the online bundle, but you can purchase in-person training, the exams (including the PLS Ethics Exam) and exam prep materials for the designation you need separately from the bundle. All products can be found in the IAPP Store. In-person trainings are offered through both the IAPP and the IAPP’s Official Training Partners.

Q: Is there any difference between the in-person training and the online training?

A: The content is the same for all—the only difference is in the delivery.

In-person training follows a traditional classroom setup. You and your classmates attend at a specific location, date and time for learning led by an expert instructor.

Live online training is also led by an expert instructor at a specific date and time. The difference is you and your classmates can attend from anywhere in the world where there is internet access. You can even ask questions and converse with the instructor and other trainees via a real-time chat function.

Traditional online training is available from anywhere you have internet access. It is self-paced and includes no “live” instruction.

Q: When can I expect to receive the textbook and materials?

You will receive access to the electronic versions of both textbooks, the Sample Questions, and links to your computer-based testing (CBT) exams in your MyIAPP portal under “My Purchases” approximately 48 hours after registration.

Q: Can you recommend any additional training material, such as textbooks for CIPP/US and CIPM?

A: Your bundle includes digital versions of the official textbooks for the CIPP/US and CIPM programs:

  • U.S. Private-Sector Privacy: Law and Practice for Information Privacy Professionals
  • Privacy Program Management: Tools for Managing Privacy Within Your Organization

Please refer to this resources page for the CIPP/US and CIPM Bodies of Knowledge and Exam Blueprints. They will help you discover which areas you may need to focus on more than others, based on your existing knowledge of the subject matter. The Body of Knowledge is a comprehensive outline of all the subject matter covered on the exam. The Exam Blueprint gives you an idea of how many questions from each topic area you can expect.

Q: Is there a mobile app for iPhone and iPad which I can use to access the course materials? Can I download the online training and watch it on my mobile device?

A: No, there is not a mobile app. Although some of the features of the online courses will work on a tablet, they are not yet fully compatible with all mobile devices. You can view our trainings online, but you cannot download them. Trainings are best accessed through a browser window.

Q: I would like to purchase the PLS Online Bundle via wire transfer. Could you please assist me?

A: Yes, we can assist! To request an invoice and wire transfer details, please email your request and your “bill to” information to our Membership Team at membership@iapp.org.

Q: Does the price cover the exams for the certifications (CIPP/US, CIPM and the IAPP PLS Ethics Exam)?

A: Yes, the PLS Online Bundle covers all three exam fees.

Q: Is IAPP membership part of the bundle package?

A: Yes, the PLS Online Bundle includes complimentary IAPP membership for one year.