Call for Volunteers

Frequently asked questions


General Questions

How do I apply?

Complete an online submission form on the Call for Volunteers page during the submission period.

Can I apply for more than one position?

No, please submit an application for your top choice. If you are not selected for your top choice, we may contact you to offer options for a different position.

How long is the commitment?

The length of commitment varies depending on the role. Review the roles and expectations on the volunteer page of the position you are interested in.

When will I be notified if I’ve been selected?

All applicants will be notified by the end of the year.

Do I need to be an IAPP member to apply and what if I’m a new member?

Yes, all volunteers need to be IAPP members. All members are encouraged to apply. However, the length of membership might be taken into consideration for certain positions. Learn more about member benefits and join today.

What if I’m new to the privacy profession?

Length of involvement in the field might affect selection of candidates for certain positions. You are still encouraged to apply.

I don’t meet all the qualifications for a leadership position. Can I still get involved?

Yes, if you want to try out a one-time volunteer position to get some experience we have those too! See all volunteer opportunities on the volunteer page.

I missed the submission period. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, you will need to wait until the next open submission period that takes place every fall. However, if you want us to make a note of your interest please email

Can I apply on behalf of another member?

No, members need to log in to their MyIAPP account to complete their own application.

How else can I get involved with the IAPP?

There are many ways to get involved. Please see the volunteer page for a full list of options.

I applied but did not get a confirmation email. Did my application go through?

Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Your application likely went through, but if you are unsure, please email



Advisory Board Questions

Which board is for me?

We recommend reviewing the roles and expectations documents for each of our open boards to see which scopes of work best match your abilities, background and interests.

Are regional boards only open to those of that region?

No, if you have working knowledge of a region for which you can contribute, although you may not live there, you would certainly be considered for that board.

Is conference attendance mandatory?

No, however, there may be an onsite luncheon or advisory board meeting taking place at a conference that would be advantageous for you to attend. We love to connect with our advisory board members at our conferences.

I haven’t published any articles. Can I still apply to the Publications Advisory Board?

Yes, published articles are not a requirement. Please refer to the roles and expectations documents on the volunteer page for more information.

I am a privacy training partner. Can I serve on a Certification Board?

No. Privacy trainers cannot serve on certification boards.

I recently served on an Exam Development Board. Can I now serve on a Training Board?

No. If you have recently served on an Exam Development Board, there is a waiting period before serving on a Training Board.



KnowledgeNet Chapter Questions

I don’t see a chapter near me listed, how do I get involved?

New chapter requests will be reviewed at the beginning of the year. Please read the roles and expectations for KnowledgeNet Chapter chairs, and if you're interested, please fill out this application form.

Who are the current chapter chairs?

Current chapter chairs are listed on our chair page.

Do I have to live near the chapter I apply for?

You must live or work near the chapter you apply for.

I’m a current KnowledgeNet Chapter chair. Do I need to reapply?

If your term continues into next year, you do not need to re-apply. Chairs serve a two-year term so if your term is ending this year you will need to re-apply. If you’re not sure when your term ends please email



Young Privacy Professionals Questions

What is the age bracket for Young Privacy Professionals?

Young Privacy Professionals are industry professionals with less than 10 years of work experience.

Do I have to live near the chapter I apply for?

You must live or work near the chapter you apply for.

Who are the current Young Privacy Professionals?

Current Young Privacy Professionals are listed on our Young Privacy Professional Page.