British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program

The British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program (BCIP) offers comprehensive privacy training designed specifically for the provincial public sector.

It’s for employees committed to protecting privacy and those preparing for a career in information privacy. Employees who want a better understanding of how privacy – and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – impacts their work will also benefit.

The Courses

To complete the certificate, participants must finish four interactive classroom courses and an elective option, which can all be completed in under a year.

The four classroom courses, which are each three hours in length, are scheduled approximately every two months over the coming year:

  • Privacy Governance
  • Information Incidents
  • FOIPPA: Privacy
  • Privacy Tools: Privacy Impact Assessments

The classroom courses are only available in Victoria for the time being. They can also be taken independent of the certificate program and in any order.

In addition, participants must select one of the following elective options:

  1. Classroom
    • FOIPPA: Access
  2. ELearning (Note: All three courses must be completed)
    • IM 112: Managing Government Records
    • IM 114: A Day in the Life – Information Security and You
    • IM 118: Information Security and Awareness: Supporting Employees in the Workplace

To register for these courses or to learn more about what each course will teach you, continue reading or visit MyLearningLink is restricted to goverment employees with an IDIR username and password and search using the course names or “BCIP."

The Privacy, Compliance and Training branch (PCT) manages the program and delivers the classroom courses. As the corporate privacy office for the B.C. government, the branch is dedicated to protecting information while helping business areas achieve their goals.

To enrol in the certificate program, email the Privacy, Compliance and Training branch to state your interest.

Check out additional learning opportunities at Privacy & Information Management Training.

Course Descriptions

Privacy governance is more than legislation – it encompasses all the processes and tools in place that help build a culture of privacy. This course introduces those elements that make up a privacy management program.

This in person, 3-hour course introduces privacy governance within any organization, including the BC public service. The course includes the following:

  • An overview of privacy and its importance
  • Introduction to the concept of privacy governance and how the privacy management program fits into it
  • Details on the elements of a privacy management program
  • Tips on how to build a positive privacy culture

Participants will improve their understanding of the breadth of privacy within the BC public service and the requirements for a privacy management program.

Note: This course can be taken independent of the certificate program.

When an information incident happens, including a privacy breach, it can be daunting. This course will help participants understand the process and remain calm when responding to an information incident.

During this in person, 3-hour course, participants will learn

  • The difference between personal information and confidential information
  • How to identify an information incident, including a privacy breach
  • How to report an incident
  • What to expect after that incident is reported

Participants will improve their understanding of what to expect if an information incident occurs.

Note: This course can be taken independent of the certificate program.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) is a complex piece of legislation that governs privacy protection for over 2,900 public bodies in B.C. This course will help take the mystery out of Part 3 of FOIPPA, which covers collection, use and disclosure of personal information.

During this in person, 3-hour course, participants will learn the following:

  • What personal information is, including how to identify personal information through the mosaic effect
  • Collection, use and disclosure of personal information
  • Accuracy and correction of personal information
  • Data residency requirements
  • Security requirements under FOIPPA

Participants will improve their understanding of B.C.’s privacy legislation and will be able to apply privacy in their day-to-day work.

Note: This course can be taken independent of the certificate program.

The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is a helpful tool in any organization – when wielded properly. This course is valuable for those who have never written a PIA as well as for seasoned PIA writers.

The PIA can make the difference between a privacy-invasive and a privacy-enhancing initiative – without compromising business objectives or adding significant costs. It can be an educational tool or serve business and project planning needs.

Upon completion of this in person, 3-hour course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the intent behind each section of the B.C. government’s PIA template. In particular, participants will be able to:

  • Identify privacy risks within a project
  • Identify personal information, including the potential for the mosaic effect
  • Document the entire data flow of a project
  • Figure out if a project is a data-linking initiative or a common or integrated program
  • Write a compliant collection notice
  • Identify personal information banks

Note: This course can be taken independent of the certificate program.

Access to information rights under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) allows for transparency and accountability. This course will take the mystery out of the access process and help public bodies understand their obligations.

This in person, 3-hour course provides an in-depth review of access and records management obligations under the Information Management Act (IMA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). Key learning includes the following:

  • Strategies for managing your records
  • Proactive disclosure of records
  • Part 2 of FOIPPA, which covers access to information:
    • Right of access
    • Duty to assist
    • Search for records
    • Timelines and fees
    • Exceptions to disclosure

Participants will improve their understanding of their obligations for access to information under FOIPPA and will gain tips on how to better manage records.

Note: This course can be taken independent of the certificate program.