CIPM Certification Careers: Where will the CIPM privacy qualification take you?

We’re seeing more and more Australian employers seeking privacy professionals with relevant certifications. As more employers grasp the magnitude of current and future privacy obligations, more are looking for privacy professionals with something that sets them apart from the rest. The CIPM certification is that special something for privacy professionals looking to advance their career into a management role.  


What is a Certified Information Privacy Manager certification (CIPM)?  

The CIPM, or Certified Information Privacy Manager, certification equips privacy professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to move into a leadership role. The exam assesses your ability to establish, maintain, measure, and manage a privacy program throughout its operational lifecycle. So, this certification essentially says that you’re qualified to oversee and lead organisational privacy frameworks. 

The CIPM program was developed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which is the world’s largest comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. The CIPM certification also holds accreditation under ISO 17024: 2012. 


What do you learn in the CIPM certification? 

The CIPM certification is the first and only qualification in privacy program management. It is designed to give you the hands-on skills you need to be the go-to person for data protection.

In studying for the CIPM certification exam, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Create a company vision. 
  • Structure your privacy team. 
  • Develop, implement, and manage a privacy program. 
  • Communicate with relevant stakeholders. 
  • Measure privacy program performance. 
  • Assess and manage performance across the privacy program operational lifecycle.  

You can view the iapp’s CIPM Exam Blueprint here for specifics on what the exam contains (effective through to 31 August 2021).  

For privacy professionals taking the exam on or after 1 September 2021, you should rely on this Exam Blueprint for the CIPM. The new content on this exam includes the right of erasure, the right to be informed, and control over use of data.  


CIPM certification careers: Where will yours take you? 

These privacy certifications give professionals working in compliance, risk management, and regulatory engagement roles the skills required to move into a more senior management role.  

As outlined in the introduction, we’re seeing more and more employers seek candidates with privacy certifications, including the CIPM. At the time of writing this blog post, the following job advertisements specifically referenced the CIPM certification: 

  • AMP is looking for a Compliance, Regulatory Engagement, and Privacy Manager. Their ideal candidate has relevant experience, a Bachelor of Laws or Finance, and a CIPM (or similar) certification.  
  • KPMG is seeking a Compliance and Conduct (Privacy) Manager, with proven experience in privacy, and a CIPM certification (or similar) is ‘viewed favourably’.  


Salary Expectations for CIPM Certification Careers

Compliance Management roles typically attract a salary of between $100,000 and $150,000 per annum in Melbourne or Sydney. The average salary for Compliance Managers in Australia is listed as $92,400 annually.  


How do you become CIPM certified? 

Start with Privacy108’s CIPM preparatory course! 

Our lead instructor, Dr Jodie Siganto, has been delivering privacy and security training for nearly 20 years. She is recognised as one of Australia’s leading privacy professionals, and she’ll work with you over two full day sessions to solidify the knowledge you need to pass your CIPM exam.  

You’ll get:  

  • 2 x Full day instructor led on-line training sessions 
  • Official electronic copy of iapp text-book Privacy Program Management 
  • Up to date Student Guide 
  • Specimen exam 
  • Exam voucher (valid for 6 months and valued at US$550)* 
  • 12 months of IAPP Professional Membership (valued at US$250) 
  • Access to recorded sessions at any time for up to 12 months after the course date. 

Plus, additional resources available only to Privacy 108 students: 

  • Link to over 200 practice questions created by us to help your exam prep; 
  • Summaries and crib-sheets to help you study. 

View the CIPM Certification Page here or get in touch with us for more information.


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