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 assisting the IAPP certification team in developing and reviewing accredited and non-accredited certification programs.

Meet the Exam Development Advisory Boards:




  • 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.
  • Write, edit and approve exam questions.
  • Review and update the bodies of knowledge annually to ensure content is accurate and current.
  • Review and approve blueprint updates (if necessary).
  • Assist exam managers with exam form development activities including but not limited to: reviewing and approving exam forms, approving minimum passing scores, reviewing exam question statistics and exam performance.
  • Provide feedback on Job Task Analysis (JTA) survey questions (typically conducted once every three years).
  • Time commitment varies depending on development schedule.
  • All accepted board members will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement that extends one year beyond the three-year term.


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.
  • Not a member of the IAPP training faculty, Certification Advisory Board, or Appeals Advisory Board.
  • Not under contract with the IAPP as an OTP (Official Training Partner) or an ACT (Authorized Consultant Trainer) for a period of 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 five 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.