Certification Advisory Board

The Certification Advisory Board is vital to IAPP certification programs, serving as the connection between our staff and credential holders.

Meet the Certification Advisory Board



  • Serve a three year term.
  • Maintain an active IAPP membership.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled meetings and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Keep information shared among advisory board members confidential.
  • Act with integrity and professionalism in advisory board duties.
  • Advocate for the IAPP.
  • Attend meetings, serve on committees, or in roles as requested by the chair and IAPP staff.
  • Monitor, revise and approve the Certification Policies and Procedures Manual and related controlled documents.
  • Approve eligibility criteria, certification scope, examinations, examination scaled cut points, item performance standards, and other essential certification decisions.
  • Assure the independence of certifications from conflicting interests, including but not limited to training, education accreditation and marketing functions.


Selection Criteria

Boards are selected with the goal of creating a balanced working group based on experience level, industry sector, geographic location and area of expertise. Considerations for selection include:

  • Required to hold a CIPP, CIPM and/or CIPT credential in good standing (maintained throughout term).
  • Professional experience and knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory.
  • Length of membership plus commitment to and involvement with the IAPP.
  • Past service on an Exam Development Board. (Helpful, but not required.)
  • Knowledge of accreditation. (Helpful, but not required.)
  • Cannot serve on both the CAB and any of the following boards at the same time: IAPP training faculty, Appeals Advisory Board or Exam Development Board.
  • Please note:
  • IAPP advisory board members are not agents or employees of the IAPP and cannot act on IAPP’s behalf or enter into any binding agreements.
  • As an advisory board member, your decisions, actions and opinions speak about you as an IAPP volunteer, and not solely as a member or privacy professional.



  • Receive three continuing privacy education (CPE) credits for each year of service.
  • Enhance your profile and visibility while being seen as a leader in the privacy and data protection community.
  • Make great connections with your fellow IAPP volunteers.
  • Get special access to IAPP resources.


How to apply

The IAPP accepts applications for advisory board roles each fall through our Call for Volunteers. For more information, visit our Call for Volunteers FAQ, or contact volunteer@iapp.org for details on additional volunteer opportunities.