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The Privacy Advisor | New year, new options for IAPP certification testing Related reading: A view from Brussels: Germany seeks extension for CJEU judge


If your New Year’s resolution includes adding an IAPP certification to your title, it may be welcome news that scheduling an exam is about to get easier. The reason? The IAPP has switched testing providers and, as a result, those looking to test their privacy knowledge in 2019 will have significantly more options than ever before. In fact, there are 5,000 more options.

That's because effective January 2, 2019, Pearson VUE became the IAPP's new computer-based testing provider. The switch means exam candidates now have 5,000 additional locations around the globe to take an IAPP exam. In addition, the user experience should be seamless for those looking to test the CIPM or CIPP/E in French and German, as the test, instructions, and tutorials can now be delivered in either language. The IAPP is also introducing a term glossary for French and German exams that test takers will be able to access electronically during the exam. 

Under the new system, users will be required to schedule and complete an exam within one year of purchase. Reschedules must be made at least 48-hours prior to the scheduled exam, barring emergency circumstances. 

What will this mean for those who have purchased an exam as of Jan. 2 but have yet to take it? To smooth the transition process, those individuals will have a full year to schedule and complete the exam.

The goal is to make testing easier for privacy professionals worldwide by providing a user-friendly experience with more options. Gone are the days of having a customer service headquartered in a single time zone. With 24-hour customer service offered seven days a week, Pearson VUE will handle all customer service-related requests regarding scheduling and cancellations. And with centers scattered globally, Pearson VUE will be able to handle commonly requested arrangements on demand. The IAPP will still be available to process special accommodation requests but by and large, the user experience will be streamlined through Pearson VUE.

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  • comment Emma Butler • Jan 16, 2019
    Will there be any privacy information about IAPP's test centre data collection requirements? Based on Pearson Vue's privacy notice a wide range of data may be collected, including a biometric palm vein template, but it seems to depend on the requirements of the test sponsor. There is little information on the privacy notice about what the test centre and / or IAPP may use the information for, retention periods and so on.