PACC offers a peerless professional certification program that has earned the respect of professionals across the industry. It is designed to elevate professional standards, recognize individual performance, and distinguish those who meet the high measure of academic excellence, ongoing practical experience, and demonstrable skills that are essential for the effective practice of information privacy, access-to-information, and data protection.
The AAPP, CAPP, and MAPP are professional designations of distinction that are awarded to candidates who meet rigorous and impartial standards.
Earning a PACC credential is a mark of excellence that only the most deserving succeed in attaining — because it’s easy to study and pass an exam. That proves you can study and pass a test. It takes skill + experience + education to qualify for PACC certification.
Since 2009 PACC Professional Certification has distinguished those who meet a high measure of demonstrable skills, ongoing practical experience and academic achievement — which are essential for the effective practice of information privacy, access-to-information, and data protection.
PACC Professional Certification is valid for three years. It signifies to employers, clients, colleagues, and the public that a designation holder possesses demonstrable experience, skill, and education necessary to navigate the unique challenges of information privacy, access to information, and data protection.
The PACC Certification Program is Canada’s only nationally recognized credential relevant to access and privacy practitioners in the public and private sectors that:
- Relies on a rigorous and unbiased qualification process founded upon demonstrable skill, experience, and education
- Is equally applicable to DPOs under the GDPR and to practitioners working under all of Canada’s many access and privacy laws
- Defines, recognizes, and promotes ethical, high quality, and competent access and privacy practices
- Encourages continued personal and professional growth in the practice of privacy, access, and data governance.
- Reflects the Core Competency and Professional Standards, the Common Body of Knowledge for Information Access and Privacy Professionals, and the Statement of Ethical Principles and Professional Conduct that together provide a comprehensive description of the generally accepted levels of knowledge, skills, ethical standards and conduct that define the profession.
To become certified, practitioners must meet rigorous eligibility requirements that are validated by subject matter experts from across Canada.
Download the PACC Statement of Ethical Principles and Professional Conduct or contact us for a copy of the Core Competency and Professional Standards, or the Common Body of Knowledge.
Use of AAPP, CAPP & MAPP Designations
Individuals who attain PACC certification are authorized to use the appropriate AAPP, CAPP, or MAPP designation after their name (e.g. Anna Belle, MAPP) throughout the validity of their certification.
To confirm the level or status of someone’s designation, contact us.
PACC Professional Certification was the first national professional certification program in Canada that:
- Recognized competence of access and privacy professionals in the private and public sectors
- Was developed by Canada’s access and privacy professionals for Canada’s access and privacy professionals, with guidance from the Canadian National Certification Advisory Board and support from Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioners, Ombudsmen, and Review Officers
- Was based upon National Core Competency Standards
- Is consistent with ISO/IEC 17024:2003 — Principles and requirements for a body certifying persons against specific requirements
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Use of PACC Logo
Individual use of the PACC logo (on items such as business cards, web sites, marketing or promotional materials) is not permitted because it can imply endorsement or affiliation on PACC’s behalf of that person’s products, services, or organization.