Certified Information Privacy Professional/Asia (CIPP/A Course)


Certified Information Privacy Professional/Asia (CIPP/A Course)

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07 Aug


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+65 6974 8949 | +65 6920 5462



Ideal For
  • Heads of Department
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Compliance Managers or professionals with data protection responsibilities
  • Professionals who are responsible for handling personal data, e.g., Finance, Human Resource, Sales and Marketing, IT, Customer Services.

Participants are required to attain a minimum of 75% training attendance and pass the associated assessment in order to be eligible for course fee funding. Click here for more information.


INTAKE 1505 - 07 Aug 2024 [Open for Registration]
Mode of Delivery: Online

*Online registration will close 5 calendar days before the course start date or once the maximum class size is met, whichever comes first.

For more than 10 years, the US, Canadian and European CIPP credentials have been recognised as the world’s pre-eminent badge of excellence in the business of privacy – the “what” of data protection laws and regulations. We are delighted that the International Association of Privacy Professionals has now introduced the CIPP/Asia credential. It demonstrates your understanding of data protection regulations, standards and practices in this part of the world.

The Certified Information Privacy Professional/Asia (CIPP/A) is the first publicly available privacy training that covers multiple jurisdictions in Asia. It addresses the data protection laws in Hong Kong, India and Singapore and the regional privacy concerns in this rapidly growing landscape. The CIPP/A credential is designed for any person, regardless of location, whose work as a privacy professional involves data protection regulations in Asia.

Be internationally certified and recognised as an expert in the data privacy industry. And position yourself to help meet the shortage of data protection expertise locally and in the region.

Straits Interactive is the only premier IAPP Official Training Partner who delivers the formal training of the CIPP/A globally outside of Singapore. This certification is open to anyone residing in Asia.     

Participants who wish to sit for the examination offered by IAPP can purchase a one-time exam voucher at a special rate directly from Straits Interactive. Please refer to Fee/Funding tab for more details.

To learn more about international certifications, please view the following content:
How can I advance my Data Protection competency through an international certification?

Video testimonial from our past participant below:

View the CIPP/A course testimonial playlist here.

Watch our course trailer video here:

Meet our team of trainers:

Kevin Shepherdson
Fellow of Information Privacy,

Kevin is the founder and CEO of Straits Interactive, which operates the ASEAN region's largest network of privacy professionals: the Data Protection Excellence (DPEX) Network. Recognised as an expert in data privacy and governance, Kevin authored the book "99 Privacy Breaches to Beware Of" and is also the official APAC trainer for both IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG).

With several years of experience in management roles at Creative Technology, Sun, and Oracle, Kevin brings his vast knowledge and experience to the fields of Digital Transformation and Generative AI. He has played a pivotal role in the development of the company's major AI initiatives, including the region's first AI DPO Assistant, as well as in the areas of AI governance, Generative AI design, and prompt engineering.

Kevin utilises his degree in arts and social science, with a major in English language, as well as a master's in information science. He combines his expertise as a music composer and multimedia producer to contribute to the company's innovative efforts in the area of data privacy and AI.

Celine Chew

Celine Chew
Fellow of Information Privacy,

As a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and Head of Learning and Development of Straits Interactive, Celine provides insights into the behavioural change and learning required for teams to embrace change initiatives. She offers comprehensive training for Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and companies, propelling digital transformation in data protection and governance. Celine also has extensive training experience internationally and specialises in the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of learning. She is also an executive coach to senior executives in multinational and regional companies.

Combining both her educator, musical and change management background, Celine crafted and trained a tailored curricula for educators on utilising ChatGPT for teaching and learning, training educators' adeptness with these tools. Through her hands-on approach and strategic insights, she has significantly advanced the integration of cutting-edge AI technologies in these vital areas as well as playing a crucial role for the launch of Straits first AI Data Protection Officer (DPO) Assistant toolkit.

William Hioe

William Hioe
Fellow of Information Privacy,

William Hioe, who is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), brings with him more than three decades of ICT experience in the government and public sector, first as an assistant director in Systems & Computer Organisation, MINDEF, and then as a senior director of strategic planning at the National Computer Board (NCB) / Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Currently, he is the managing director of Cynergie Consulting Pte Ltd, a company founded by him to offer consultancy and training services in strategic ICT planning, strategy development, policy formulation and enterprise architecting.

Lyn Boxall

Lyn Boxall
Fellow of Information Privacy,

She is one of the co-authors of "99 Privacy Breaches to Beware of" and specializes in data protection and information security, and practices general commercial law for a wide range of local and international clients as well. She holds international certifications in privacy/data protection awarded by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), namely, Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified information Privacy Professional, Asia (CIPP/A), Certified Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E) and Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). She is also certified by Exin (the global independent certification institute for ICT Professionals) as a Privacy and Data Protection Practitioner.

Nicholas Cheong

Nicholas Cheong
Fellow of Information Privacy,
Trainer, Straits Interactive

Nick is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) for Europe and Asia, certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He has also been certified by the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (“OCEG”) as a Governance, Risk and Compliance Professional (GRCP) and GRC Auditor (GRCA).

Nick has benefited from 25 years of legal practice, managing risks as a diving instructor and as a drug supervision officer. He is from the first batch of PDPC approved trainers when PDPC first launched its data protection course. He has provided data protection training and consultancy since 2014.

This is not a foundation course, participants are expected to have the following pre-requisites:
• Good knowledge of data protection; and
• Tertiary level qualifications; and/or
• At least 2 years of working experience


  • Fundamental privacy principles
  • Singapore privacy laws and practices (focusing on PDPA)
  • Hong Kong privacy laws and practices
  • India privacy laws and practices
  • Comparative overview of laws and practices, including Malaysia and the Philippines**
  • Common themes
  • Hands-on approach and Mock Examination

** Not covered in the certification examination

The training was developed by Straits Interactive, based on the IAPP CIPP/A Body of Knowledge.


The CIPP/A certification outlines all the concepts and topics you need to know to become certified.

Read the full CIPP/A Body of Knowledge document.


  • Lecture style
  • Video clips
  • Discussions with consultants
  • Role play / presentations


As part of the requirement for SkillsFuture Singapore, there will be an assessment conducted at the end of the course. The mode of assessment, which is up to the trainer’s discretion, may be an online quiz, a presentation or based on classroom exercises.

Participants are required to attain a minimum of 75% attendance and pass the associated assessment in order to receive a digital Certificate of Participation issued by Singapore Management University.

For more information on assessment and re-assessment policy, click here.


Straits Interactive is an Official Training Partner of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Our trainers have been actively engaged in doing actual PDPA audits of Singaporean companies for Straits Interactive, and are certified by IAPP to conduct the CIPP/A course. Together, the team has also trained thousands of participants in the Personal Data Protection Act.

  • Digital course materials from Straits Interactive
  • First year IAPP membership free for new IAPP members

1. Course fee includes electronic copy of course materials.
2. Participants who are new to IAPP will be given free membership for the first year.
3. Examination voucher for the IAPP certification examination is NOT included and has to be purchased separately.
Scroll down for more information on the Purchase of Examination voucher.

Singapore Citizen < 40 years old
Permanent Resident 
(After SSG Funding 70%)
(After SSG Funding 70% + ETSS Funding 20%)
(After SSG Funding 70%)
Singapore Citizen ≥ 40 years old$457.20
(After SSG Funding 70% + MCES Funding 20%)
(After SSG Funding 70% + MCES Funding 20%)
(After SSG Funding 70% + MCES Funding 20%)
International Participant$3,924.00
(No Funding)
(No Funding)
(No Funding)
Please note that the prices listed above are inclusive of the new 9% GST, applicable from January 1, 2024.


The IAPP Certification Examination is not funded by SSG and the course fee paid does not include the examination voucher. The voucher has to be purchased separately from SI and not claimable using SkillsFuture Credits.

You can purchase a one-time exam for *S$109 (including GST) from Straits Interactive.
*The special offer is available only to class participants and is non-transferable

**This limited time offer is available for 7 days from and inclusive of the 3rd day of the class and payment must be made within 3 working days. The exam voucher is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued to you.

NOTE: This special price does not apply for exam retakes.

More details will be shared on the 3rd day of the class.

Post Secondary Education Account (PSEA)

PSEA can be utilised for subsidised programmes eligible for SkillsFuture Credit support. Click  here  to find out more.


# SkillsFuture Credit

Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture Credits to pay for the course fees. The credits may be used on top of existing course fee funding.

This is only applicable to self-sponsored participants. Application to utilise SkillsFuture Credits can be submitted when making payment for the course via the SMU Academy TMS Portal, and can only be made within 60 days of course start date.

Please click here for more information on the SkillsFuture Credit. For help in submitting an SFC claim, you may wish to refer to our step-by-step guide on claiming SkillsFuture Credits (Individual).

# Workfare Skills Support Scheme

Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme in replacement of Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme:

From 1 July 2023, the Workfare Skills Support (WSS) scheme has been enhanced. Please click here for more details.


# Enhanced Training Support Scheme

  • Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than SGD100 million
  • Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
  • Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Trainers must not be a full-time national serviceman
  • Trainees will be able to enjoy ETSS funding only if the company's SME's status has been approved. To verify your SME's status, please click here.

# Absentee Payroll

Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll here.
For more information, please refer to:


For more information on course details, write to us at courses@straitsinteractive.com or call us at +65 6974 8949 / +65 6920 5462.


Click here to send an enquiry to SMU Academy on matters pertaining to registration and billing.


Very detailed, focused training. Celine, Lyn, & William were excellent trainers. The workshop content was very relevant.

Dilip Kumar Bapji Vasudeva Rao

Very good workshop. Examples & Trainers make it fun & easy to follow. Beneficial and practical to my work environment. All aspects were well run & delivered.

Anne Poh
Account Delivery Manager

Practical but at same time analysis of a large range of law & information from numerous sources sensibly broken down over the 3 days of course. Particularly geared towards exam requirements. Group project exercise & common themes among principle frameworks provided excellent resource/revision tool.

Helen Walker

I liked your way of delivery. Your cheerful presence and energetic delivery of content made the boring stuff look/seem interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed participation in the workshop. Straits training team,thanks for making me feel at home.

Jyothi V.K
Asst VP & Head Legal

The contents of the course are detailed enough to pass the requisite exam. The trainers are very experienced and are happy to share their expertise.Worth every cent!

Kenneth Ong
Chief Privacy Officer - ASEAN

Content aligned to Body ok Knowledge (BoK), helps to make it relevant. Malaysia and Philippines content is useful.

Divya Khosca

Comprehensive and very helpful for the CIPP/A exam. Extremely relevant for people seeking to enter the privacy world.

Lee Kenji

Very comprehensive and structured.

Kimmie Zhou

Well organised and easy to comprehend.

Jason Kang

A very interesting 3 day conference, providing real-time knowledge and information about data privacy in 3 jurisdictions - a "must attend" for those keen to advance their knowledge in this area.

Diana Lee
SVP Legal

The course is very important - whether for corporate/transactions/commercial lawyers or privacy professionals.


The content is quite easy to digest even for non-legal train which is very helpful. Thanks!

Course Participant - June 2018

Thank you for an instructive session that was applied, and summarising this part of law with cross-jurisdictional analysis.

Course Participant - June 2018

The content appears strategic and extremely helpful (esp. table summaries) for exam purposes. The experience of the instructors have certainly helped in striking a good balance on relevance for examination by practical implications.

Yee Weng

A very helpful and professional course which trainers shared lots of their experiences and their knowledge about privacy in APAC.

Ka Ki

Great content for both exam and substantive knowledge purposes. All 3 instructors are very knowledgeable and very passionate about this important but not yet fully developed topic.


It was an enjoyable course and the contents of the course definitely makes it easier to prepare for the CIPP/A Exams!

Course Participant - September 2019

Excellent and very knowledgeable multi-disciplinary team of trainers!

Course Participant - November 2019

Trainers knew the material well and were able to address queries and explain more complicated concepts in a readily digestible manner.

Course Participant - November 2019

Great class and so much work put into the materials!

Rishi Chandiok
Senior Legal Counsel

Very well structured workshop. The trainers are fun!

Daniel Choo
Senior Legal Counsel (APAC)

Well organised course with lots of materials given out. Instructors are knowledgeable about subject matter.

Course Participant - November 2019

The 3-day course is very well structured. It presents an overview of the data protection law in the AP region in a practical and concise way. Speakers are all clear and experienced and they are able to share their experience and views on interesting cases. The online participation is good and almost seamless, except for the small technical glitch on the audio on the first day afternoon. Many thanks to you all.

Machiuanna Chu

The course materials are comprehensive and very well structured. A lot of thought has gone into the slides and notes (esp. the summaries). The classroom activities are helpful to help in consolidation of what was learned.

Course Participant - March 2020

All 3 instructors are very knowledgeable in their areas. The pacing of the class was just nice, with sufficient time for participants to ask questions.

Course Participant - March 2020

The CIPP/A course was very well-delivered by Straits Interactive. All trainers presented the material in an interesting manner so as to engage class participants and encourage interaction. A lot of effort was also put into designing the course materials as well as getting the participants prepared for the exam.


Very informative. Materials were thoroughly researched.

Des Ong
Compliance Officer for Privacy

Good session. Interesting and interactive. Instructors are engaging and knowledgeable. Better understanding of the data protection requirements for Singapore, India and Hong Kong.

Kay Lim
Compliance Officer

A good experience with online learning; it works.

Leong Kiah PUA
Chief Information Security Officer Asia

It is great! I was skeptical about doing the course online at first but Celine, Lyn and William have made the entire course very engaging and interesting. I particularly appreciate that a lot of the conversation/points were not just for the purpose of taking the exam but also the current situation and development on privacy laws as well as practical tips useful for our work. A lot! But I particularly enjoyed Day 1 morning session on the evolution of privacy laws - it gave an extremely good overview.

Eunice Mah
Legal Counsel

Exceptionally good. The online interaction has been the best I have seen for an online course. I was so pleasantly surprised by the level of interaction. It was so engaging! Directly relevant to the certification I am to take. You could see the customisation of content through each step. Instructors were very practical. Very clear. It takes consummate skill to be that good. Even complex material can be explained well when you have expert trainers.

Padraig Walsh
Partner, Tanner De Witt

The trainers were extremely experienced and the pace of the course is just right. I've learned a lot from this course and am looking forward to using the knowledge in my course of work. I've learned many things! It's hard to pinpoint on one but it's good to know countries are stepping up their privacy game and setting GDPR as the golden standard.

Lynn Chng
Business Services & Compliance Manager

Great experience, I was hesitant at first but definitely turned out to be as well as an in-person training. Interactive, engaging and knowledgeable trainers. It was great covering exam strategy, techniques and going through questions.

Adelene Seah
Counsel (SEA & Korea)

The course was very helpful in helping me have a broad understanding of the privacy laws and practices in the respective countries that were discussed.

Course Participant - September 2020

Very informative and interactive class. One thing I learnt from the class is the rights of data subjects in Hong Kong, Singapore and India.

Ella Mae Senorin
BCP and Compliance Officer

Very good workshop, good content and instructors.

Course Participant - September 2020

The training was enriching and enjoyable. Excellent content and exam tips shared. Trainers are knowledgeable, engaging and helpful. The admin support provided was very good too, especially with the Zoom setup. This is the best course I've attended in awhile.

Legal Counsel

Excellent. Straits Interactive has a good set up and the trainers really know their stuff. One thing that I have learnt is that there are commonalities between different data privacy laws in Asia. I expected that they would all be very different from one another .

Course Participant - November 2020

The CIPP/A training has been really good by all 3 trainers Lyn, Celine and William. I loved how the trainers all shared the practical and pragmatic of what is for exam taking purposes and what is really operational.

Aileen Koh
Gallo G.P.

The instructors are clearly knowledgeable and experienced, both in their presentation and in answering questions.

Course Participant - November 2020

Overall,a great online experience and wonderful learning. Different trainers and different approaches, loved it.

Vinit Arora
Regional Compliance Office

The online experience has been tremendous...it's a great learning and interactive forum. Great trainers with lots of knowledge to share!

Course Participant - February 2021

It was a good interaction and I really enjoyed the 3 days training with all the trainers and all the participants.

Christopher Chew
Cisco Systems (USA) Pte Ltd, Head of Cybersecurity Sales and Architecture - ASEAN Service Providers

Very informative and clear explanations given by instructors. Enjoyed the sharing of real life examples of cases which allows us to better understand application of the principles.

Course Participant - March 2021

All three trainers are very experienced in explaining the course material and also provided many real cases for us. It made it easier for me to understand.

Ashley Gu

That was a great online training experience. Extremely insightful and the Trainers (Celine, William and Lyn)managed to be as friendly as professional which is pretty rare. Really nice preparation. Keep up the good work!

Geoff IRA
CRO Autumn Life

Pretty good, all clear and good interactions. I got the overall context and depth of knowledge. I now need to put it all together and get into the details.It was a good online experience.

Gustavo Moreno

Celine, Lyn and William were awesome and really knew about what they were talking about. I'm feeling confident about taking the exam.


Very detailed, focused training. Celine, Lyn, & William were excellent trainers. The workshop content was very relevant.

Dilip Kumar Bapji Vasudeva Rao

Very good workshop. Examples & Trainers make it fun & easy to follow. Beneficial and practical to my work environment. All aspects were well run & delivered.

Anne Poh
Account Delivery Manager