Certification

The PACC Professional Certification Program sets the standard of excellence for the data protection profession. 

PACC offers a peerless professional certification program that has earned the respect of peers across the industry. It is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and distinguish those who meet a high measure of academic excellence, ongoing practical experience, and demonstrable skills necessary to 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, including demonstrable experience, skill, and education.

It’s easy to study and pass an exam that proves you can pass an exam.
It takes skill + experience + education to qualify for PACC certification.

Earning a PACC credential is a mark of excellence that only the most deserving succeed in attaining.


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
  • 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
  • Requires adherence to a Code of Ethical Principles and Professional Conduct

To become certified, practitioners must meet rigorous eligibility requirements that are validated by subject matter experts from across Canada.


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 Competency Standards
  • Is consistent with ISO/IEC 17024:2003 — Principles and requirements for a body certifying persons against specific requirements
Move your career forward. Apply for PACC Professional Certification. …Find out more

PACC Professional Certification is valid for three years.

Recertify before your certification lapses. …Find out more


Employers and colleagues know that only the most well-qualified and experienced succeed in attaining an AAPP, CAPP, or MAPP designation.

AAPP, CAPP and MAPP holders — Be proud of your achievement! Include your professional designation in your signature block.

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. 

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.