CIPM® Certified Information Privacy Manager: Course Contents | ALC Training News

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The CIPM certification is comprised of two domains:

Domain 1: Privacy Program Governance

Domain 2: Privacy Program Operational Life Cycle

Domain 1 provides a solid foundation for the governance of a privacy program and defines how the privacy program may be developed, measured and improved.

1. Organisation Level
  • Create a company vision
  • Establish a privacy program
  • Structure the privacy team
2. Develop the Privacy Program Framework
  • Develop organisational privacy policies, standards and/or guidelines
  • Define privacy program activities
3. Implement the Privacy Policy Framework
  • Communicate the framework to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensure continuous alignment to applicable laws and regulations to support the development of an organizational privacy program framework
4. Metrics
  • Identify intended audience for metrics
  • Define reporting resources
  • Define privacy metrics for oversight and governance per audience
  • Identify systems/application collection points


Domain 2 details the management and operations of the privacy program governance model within the context of the organisation’s privacy strategy. The Privacy Program Operational Life Cycle domain is built upon a common industry-accepted framework.

1. Assess Your Organisation
  • Document current baseline of your privacy
  • Processors and third-party vendor assessment
  • Physical assessments
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Conduct analysis and assessments, as needed or appropriate
2. Protect
  • Data life cycle (creation to deletion)
  • Information security practices
  • Privacy by Design
3. Sustain
  • Measure
  • Align
  • Audit
  • Communicate
  • Monitor
4. Respond
  • Information requests
  • Privacy incidents


The CIPM body of knowledge outlines all the concepts and topics that you need to know to become certified. The exam blueprint gives you an idea of how many questions from each topic area you can expect on the exam. We recommend you download and read the following publications provided by the IAPP:


Jes Irving