Certification Advisory Board, Exam Development Boards and Appeals Board Roles and Expectations

The IAPP Certification Advisory Board , Exam Development Boards and Appeals Boards are a vital part of our certification programs. They serve as the connection between our staff and our credential holders by providing industry expertise.

Both the Certification Advisory Board and the Exam Development Board meet at least once a year, usually by teleconference, with in-person meetings whenever practical at IAPP events. The Appeals Board meets as needed to review and resolve any certification appeals that have been submitted.

Commitment

All board members are expected to:

  • Serve a three-year term*
  • Attend and actively contribute to all committee meetings
  • Complete assigned reviews within established timelines
  • Be advocates of the IAPP certification program

*ANZ board is a focus group with a 1 year term

 

Certification Advisory Board

Expectations

All Certification Advisory Board members are expected to:

  • Attend CAB meetings and serve on committees and/or in roles as requested by the chair and IAPP staff
  • Monitor, revise (as needed) and approve the Certification Policies and Procedures Manual and related controlled documents
  • Approve the eligibility criteria, certification scope, examinations, examination scaled cutpoints, exam and item performance standards, and other essential certification decisions based upon its own determination or upon recommendations from others
  • Assure the independence of the certification from other conflicting interests such as, but not limited to training, education accreditation and marketing functions

Selection Criteria

The Certification Advisory Board is selected, to the extent possible, to create a working group balanced by: experience level, years in profession, industry sector, geographic location and area of expertise. Considerations for selection include:

  • Current holder of a CIPP, CIPM and/or CIPT in good standing (maintained throughout term)
  • Professional experience and knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory
  • Past demonstrated commitment to and involvement with the IAPP
  • Past service on an Exam Development Board is helpful
  • Knowledge of accreditation a plus

Benefits

  • Promote the privacy profession by ensuring that the IAPP’s privacy certification programs meet industry needs
  • Help increase the value of the IAPP credentials in the marketplace
  • Receive five general (Group B) continuing privacy education (CPE) credits per year of service

 

Exam Development Boards

Expectations

The IAPP has an Exam Development Board for each certification.

All board members are expected to assist with the following:

  • Establishing credentials requirements for exams, certification and recertification
  • Defining the scope of and scheme for the certification
  • Reviewing the need for job task analysis revision
  • Defining the exam blueprint
  • Recommending an exam cutpoint to the Certification Advisory Board
  • Approving exam items
  • Assuring the alignment of exam content and the exam blueprint
  • Approving the equivalence of exam forms
  • Annually reviewing item and exam performance

Selection Criteria

Considerations for selection include:

  • Current holder in good standing of the certification that the board represents (maintained throughout term) (e.g., applicants for the Exam Development Board/US must hold a CIPP/US)
  • Professional experience and knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory related to the scope of the certification
  • Past demonstrated commitment to and involvement with the IAPP
  • Cannot be a member of the IAPP training faculty

Benefits

  • Promote the privacy profession by ensuring that the IAPP’s privacy certification programs meet industry needs and certification program standards
  • Learn about exam content development and help to ensure our assessments reflect the latest developments in the profession
  • Receive two general (Group B) continuing privacy education (CPE) credits per year of service

 

Appeals Board

Expectations

The IAPP has an Exam Development Board for each certification.

All Appeals Board members are expected to:

  • Attend Appeals Board meetings and serve in roles as requested by the Chair and the IAPP certification department
  • Assure impartiality while reviewing and ruling on an appeal, or otherwise recuse yourself if there is an actual or apparent conflict of interest
  • Review and rule on appeals from IAPP certification candidates and credential holders

Selection Criteria

Considerations for selection include:

  • Current holder of an IAPP credential in good standing (maintained throughout term)
  • Professional experience and knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory related to the scope of the certification
  • Past demonstrated commitment to and involvement with the IAPP
  • Cannot be a member of the IAPP training faculty, the Certification Advisory Board or an Exam Development Board

Benefits

  • Promote the privacy profession by ensuring that the IAPP’s privacy certification programs meet industry needs and certification program standards
  • Help to ensure our program is fair and impartial
  • Receive two general (Group B) continuing privacy education (CPE) credits per year of service

 

How to Apply

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