Exam Development Advisory Boards

The Exam Development Advisory Boards are vital to IAPP certification programs, serving as the connection between our staff and credential holders. IAPP has an Exam Development Board for each certification, with the goal of assisting the IAPP certification team in developing and reviewing accredited and non-accredited certification programs.

Meet the Exam Development Advisory Boards:





  • Serve three-year term.
  • Maintain 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 at least two teleconference meetings per year.
  • Write, edit and approve exam questions.
  • Review and approve exam forms and equivalence of exam forms.
  • Define the scope and scheme for specific certifications.
  • Contribute to the job task analysis.
  • Define the exam blueprint and assure alignment of the exam and blueprint.
  • Recommend an exam cut point to the Certification Advisory Board.
  • Annually review items and exam performance.
  • Time commitment varies depending on development schedule.


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:

  • Current holder in good standing (maintained throughout term) of the certification of the board for which you are applying. (e.g., Exam Development Board/US applicants 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.
  • Length of membership plus commitment to and involvement with the IAPP.
  • Cannot be a member of the IAPP training faculty, Certification Advisory Board, or Appeals Advisory Board, or have served on 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.
  • Promote the privacy and data protection profession by ensuring that the IAPP’s certification programs meet member’ and industry needs.
  • Help increase the value of IAPP credentials in the marketplace.


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.