PACC’s peerless Professional Certification program 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.
Studying and passing an exam 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 who meet rigorous and impartial standards.
As the global demand for qualified information protection professionals continues to grow, PACC helps identify and promote a competent workforce — by recognizing practitioners who successfully demonstrate that they possess the skills, ongoing practical experience, and academic achievement that are essential for the effective practice of information privacy, access-to-information, and data protection.
Apply today to earn a designation of distinction and move your career forward:
AAPP – Associate Access and Privacy Professional
CAPP – Chartered Access and Privacy Professional
MAPP – Master Access and Privacy Professional
Earning a PACC credential is a mark of excellence that only the most deserving succeed in attaining.
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.
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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 access and privacy laws across Canada and beyond
- 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 and unbiased 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 or to apply for professional certification.
Use of AAPP, CAPP & MAPP Designations
Individuals who attain PACC certification are granted permission to use only the AAPP, CAPP, or MAPP Certification Mark which represents the appropriate certification and credential they have been awarded.
Each PACC certified professional may use the appropriate PACC Certification Mark as a post-nominal (e.g. Anna Belle, MAPP) throughout the validity of their certification.
To confirm the level or status of someone’s designation, contact us.
Non-Assignability and Non-Transferability
Permission to use a PACC Certification Mark is limited to the certified individual, and may not be transferred to, assigned to, or otherwise used by any other person, organization, or entity.
Unauthorized Use of PACC Certification Mark
Parties using a PACC Certification Mark inappropriately or without authorization will be requested to cease the unauthorized or inappropriate use; and, if not corrected, appropriate public notification, legal actions and/or sanctions shall be taken.
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
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.