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During your Qualification in the GDPR, you will learn to:

  • Understand how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect processing outside of the EU
  • Recognise how the new GDPR was developed by EU lawmakers
  • Be clear on what individuals need to be told about when processing for marketing purposes
  • Examine the key definitions and scope, such as:
    • When the GDPR affects processing outside of the EU
    • How the new law defines Personal Data
    • How/ when Consent will need to be obtained
    • What the changes are for Profiling
  • Understand what individuals need to be told about processing for marketing purposes
  • Realise when Data Processors can be liable
  • Prepare for and cope with the rights of the individual (e.g. Right to erasure)
  • Recognise the impacts for your database

Course availability 

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Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 28 Feb 2018
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book until 25 Feb 2018
Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 4 Mar 2018
Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 1 Mar 2018
Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 5 Mar 2018
Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 12 Mar 2018
Evening class Central London (W1W 8SS) £175.00 £175.00 £0.00
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book until 14 Mar 2018
venue DMA House, 70 Margaret Street
Online Online £100.00 £100.00 £0.00
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book until 19 Mar 2018
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book until 26 Mar 2018

NB: Prices above subject to VAT.

Course information


The GDPR covers the processing of the personal data of European citizens, even if that processing takes place outside the EU. When the UK leaves the EU, the GDPR will stay and the UK’s national regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), advises companies to carry out their preparation plans. This is the best place to start.
Achieve this qualification within matter of hours online or attend a short 2-hour evening seminar with an IDM expert 6-8pm and complete the exam online after.
This course has been developed in conjunction with the DMA Responsible Marketing Committee and the GDPR External Working Party, delivered by the IDM.
Module 1: Why does Data Protection matter to marketers?

  • Background to the regulation – why it was needed
  • Scope of the GDPR
  • Penalties and enforcement

Module 2: Are the concepts in the GDPR new?

  • A review of the GDPR vs. the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Principles of Data Protection
  • GDPR scope and implementation

Module 3: Personal Data

  • Defining Personal Data and a Data Subject
  • Special categories of data

Module 4: How can you gain ‘Consent’ for processing personal data?

  • Defining Consent
  • New conditions for obtaining Consent

Module 5: Are there alternatives to Consent?

  • Defining Legitimate Interests
  • Conditions for Legitimate Interests

Module 6: Profiling under the GDPR

  • Defining Profiling under the GDPR
  • Legal effects of Profiling
  • Rules for direct marketing Profiling

Module 7: The Right to object to direct marketing and Profiling

  • The right to object and how to communicate this

Module 8: What other information must you give to users?

  • What about icons?

Module 9: Individuals’ rights

  • What specific rights do individuals have under GDPR?
  • Right to erasure
  • Retaining data for suppression
  • Right to data portability

Module 10: Impacts on the database and records of processing

  • What proof of Consent is required?

Module 11: Obligations of Data Processors

  • Obligations of Data Processors

Module 12: Data breach notification

  • Notifications of data breaches

Module 13: Accountability and Data Protection Officers

  • Principle of accountability
  • Data security
  • Appointing a Data Protection Officer

Module 14: International issues

  • Transfer of Personal Data overseas
  • Cross-border campaigns and accountability

Module 15: Action planning

  • Preparing for the GDPR
study mode

Enjoy the flexibility of devising your own personalised study routine with your programme deadlines via a stream of online content run over 3 months. You will receive email support and 24/7 access to course materials. For more information call 020 8614 0277

​Intensive – Central London

Intensive 2- hour face-to-face semonar which takes place at the IDM offices in Central London. The exact location of our courses vary, so please make sure you check before attending.  
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While we make every reasonable effort to make the course as up-to-date and relevant as possible, it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. If you have any questions on how the GDPR affects your business you should seek independent legal advice. All views expressed are the opinion of the tutor or speaker and may not represent the view of The IDM.

Is this the right course for me?

The online GDPR award is ideal for professionals currently employed in commercial and public sector companies across all sectors, including professional services and not for profit. Equally agencies, consultancies and suppliers servicing their data management needs will benefit by enrolling staff.

Data professionals

Data professionals within client organisations, including database and data managers, data stewards, data analysts, data planners, data protection officers, data quality managers, data processing managers – all of whom advise, influence, co-ordinate, manage or direct data policies and processes.

Marketing professionals

Marketing professionals – client, agency or supplier side - who wholly or partly have responsibility for data collection, storage and use, and whose effectiveness is dependent on best practice data management. This includes managers and executives in marketing, direct marketing, digital marketing, CRM, e-commerce and customer insight.

How do I enrol?

You can submit your booking online, if you would like to discuss your application or have any questions please call us on 020 8614 0277.


Duncan Smith, Director, iCompli® Limited

Duncan Smith is a Director of iCompli® Ltd., a specialist consultancy delivering cost-effective compliance solutions in the arena of information law, privacy and corporate social responsibility.

He works closely with clients to implement practical, training and technology-led solutions to help manage both the legal and cultural risks associated with data-driven marketing and information management. He is an excellent keynote speaker and motivator of people who has delivered solutions to a wide cross section of UK industries in both the public and private sectors.

In developing and delivering his training courses, Duncan has earned a reputation for engaging and motivating staff in some of the ‘driest’ subject matters! 
After completing the IDM Award in GDPR, I now feel that I have the confidence, knowledge and tools to plan for the GDPR changes in May 2018 for my company. It is 3 hours and £100 amazingly well spent.

Laurie Dennard,
Supporter Relations Manager, Wooden Spoon

A refreshing look at how to make your copy work for you, to get results.

Henna Sadhu,
Marketing Manager, ACT Ltd

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