Appeals Advisory Board

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

Meet the Appeals Advisory Board



  • Serve a two-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.
  • Meet as needed to review and rule on appeals from IAPP certification candidates and credential holders.
  • Attend Appeals Board meetings and serve in roles as requested.
  • Assure impartiality while reviewing and ruling on appeals. Members must recuse themselves for actual or apparent conflicts of interest.


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 related to the scope of certifications.
  • Length of membership plus commitment to and involvement with the IAPP.
  • Cannot be a member of the IAPP training faculty, Certification Advisory Board or Exam Development Board, or served on one of these boards in the past two years.
  • 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 for details on additional volunteer opportunities.