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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 Background
  2. 2 The Regulation
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Processing Personal Data is what the General Data Protection Regulation is all about. So, it’s important that your employees know what it’s referring to. In this section of our online GDPR course, we provide some background information that you need to know about the GDPR, including personal data; processing; controllers, processors, and data subjects; and the Information Commissioner's Office.

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The Principles of the GDPR embody the spirit of the Regulation and so it’s important that your employees are familiar with them. Following them is essential and failing to do so can result in some of the harshest fines allowed under the Regulation. There are 7 principles in total that we cover in this GDPR training section.

About this course

Now that the UK's transition period (from leaving the EU) has ended, the EU GDPR has been brought into UK law and sits alongside other data protection laws and regulations.

Our GDPR Training provides employees with an understanding of their duties and responsibilities when it comes to processing personal data under the GDPR in the UK. This training course provides an in-depth look into the GDPR in the UK, building on the content of our GDPR EU Essentials course.

The General Data Protection Regulation has brought together years of different laws and regulations and combines them into a single technology-neutral piece of legislation which will form the foundation of data protection law for years to come.

Our GDPR training is aimed at staff who need to follow the rules and policies that are laid out by the GDPR. In this GDPR course, staff will learn about personal data, the principles of the GDPR, individual rights and will use some scenario-based learning.

Download our free GDPR white paper for more information about the regulations and how it affects certain industry sectors. 

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The importance of GDPR Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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UK GDPR Essentials certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This UK GDPR Essentials Training course concludes with a 15 question multiple-choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your GDPR Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

UK GDPR Essentials certificate

5,602 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5
The course was very informative

I find the training packed with useful information and reminders on how to keep store and process data both physical and electronic. As a visual learner I find the images very helpful in terms of helping me embed the information. I would have like to see other individuals presenting instead of the one male presenter; albeit he was clear and effective.

Clear and easy to follow

Explains what and why.

boring Topic

I kept drifting and having to replay vidio.

Very informative and clearly delivered

The short sections helped me maintain interest and focus.

Well organised course.

It is educational and quite useful to know the right relating to processing of individual data.

Relieved to have passed

The training is well presented and easy to follow.

Boring and tests technicalities

I didn't enjoy doing this test. It's a series of videos with someone talking to camera and then a test at the end. If I ran my lessons like this as a teacher I'd be sacked. I would prefer to see lots of different examples and different means of engagement - I do a lot of online workshops as a volunteer (Governor, Mencap volunteer) and both of these have much better GDPR courses. I don't seem to remember it being this poor last year!


I found the course extremely dull. The presenter was very monotone.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

In May 2018, the EU GDPR came into effect. At the same time, the UK also introduced a new Data Protection Act. This sat alongside the GDPR and set out certain provisions which the GDPR allowed countries to decide for themselves. 

On 31st January 2020, the UK enacted the Withdrawal Agreement which, among other things, signalled the UK's exit from the EU and entry into a transition period. During the transition period, all EU laws, including the GDPR, continued to apply. However, to avoid any problems at the end of the transition period, the Agreement also introduced the UK GDPR. This was a combination of the EU GDPR and the Data Protection Act which tweaked the European Regulation to make it relevant to the UK. During the transition period, both the EU and UK GDPR were in effect in the UK until the end of the transition when just the UK GDPR remained.

Today, both GDPRs are in effect in their own areas; the EU GDPR across the European Union and the wider European Economic Area and the UK GDPR in the UK. 

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Frequently asked questions

Current data protection directives state that personal data is 'any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject)', this can include a name, email address, posts on social media, medical information, photos, or even a computer IP address.
Upon completion of our GDPR training course, you'll receive a printable certificate.
The UK's new GDPR and DPA 2018 set a maximum fine of £17.5 million or 4% on annual global turnover – whichever is greater – for the most serious infringements, which are now subject to criminal penalties such as imprisonment.
Yes, GDPR still applies in the UK. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been brought into UK law and sits alongside other data protection laws.
This course takes just 35 minutes to complete.
To ensure that your employees remain compliant, it's important to refresh GDPR training. We recommend employees undertake refresher training at least once a year.
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