ISACA Launches CDPSE Beta Exam for Privacy Professionals


Data privacy continues to top the priority list for enterprises—especially given expanding regulations such as the recent California Privacy Rights Act and Brazil’s General Data Protection Law. Privacy technologists who hold ISACA’s new Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) certification play a key role in designing and managing these privacy programs and solutions, and those seeking to become CDPSE certified can now register for a new beta exam.

The beta exam will be conducted 12 January – 1 February 2021 (AEST) and will be taken via remote proctoring. Exam takers will learn their scores in March 2021, to allow time for analysis. The valuable analysis derived from the global exam candidates will ensure that the exam scoring accurately reflects the high standards required for ISACA certification exams. Candidates who do pass the exam can apply for CDPSE certification once the scores are available.

In comparison to the existing CDPSE early adoption program, which requires five years of validated work experience, the beta exam is available to those with three years of work experience across three main domains:

  • Privacy governance: governance, management and risk management
  • Privacy architecture: infrastructure, applications/software and technical privacy controls
  • Data lifecycle: data purpose and data persistence

“Since its inception, the CDPSE certification has empowered professionals and IT privacy teams in demonstrating that they can effectively incorporate privacy by design into technology platforms, products and processes, and ensure compliance with an evolving regulatory environment,” says Nader Qaimari, ISACA chief product officer. “The CDPSE exam is an important part of validating this experience, and we are fortunate to partner with the global IT community to ensure it reflects the high standards to which we hold our certified professionals.”

Adds Matt Stamper, CISA, CISM, CDPSE, CRISC, Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Advisor at EVOTEK, “CDPSE validates the ability to understand overarching business goals, compliance requirements and implementation needs for privacy solutions and convey business value. Proactive business leaders and qualified privacy technologists working together can safeguard and enhance customer trust and profitability.”

To register for the CDPSE beta exam, visit