Certification

The PACC Professional Certification Program sets the standard of excellence for the access and privacy profession. 

Attaining a professional certification is akin to driving cars. Operating a high-performance vehicle demands skill, judgment, and experience. Operating any of the thousands of more common vehicles require little more than a driver’s license. The same rationale applies to certification programs: 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 can attain.

Attaining PACC certification means meeting a high standard of academic excellence, ongoing experience, and ethical, reliable professionalism and accountability. PACC’s credentials are well-known and highly respected marks of quality.


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 practice
  • 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.
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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 or services. 

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. Ann A. Belle, MAPP) throughout the validity of their certification.