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Protect valuable data with a Privacy, Access, and Information Management certificate

As privacy breaches become more and more common, we need smart, savvy professionals trained and at the ready to safeguard our privacy and data 24/7. The information management field is fast-growing – and these professionals are very much in demand. The Chang School has just the training you need to succeed in the information management industry. Our Certificate in Privacy, Access, and Information Management will help you master privacy regulations and acquire the practical and operational skills to become a sought-after privacy and data protection pro.

During this privacy certificate, you’ll learn how to conduct privacy risk assessments, and develop and implement privacy programs. Build your data privacy training in information access and privacy protection, privacy design, and applying privacy access. We want all our learners to receive a well-rounded education, so we offer an exciting variety of electives designed to make you as in-demand in the marketplace as possible. Diverse information management courses in subjects like public relations principles, IT infrastructure, business law, and organizational behaviour will prep you for a wide range of opportunities. Interested in the healthcare sphere? We offer courses in health informatics and health information access and privacy as well.

The privacy certificate can be completed online at your own pace, with in-person exams, and finished in two years or less. Our information management courses are taught by senior privacy professionals, and offer plenty of practical assignments that incorporate real-world issues, including a capstone course where learners can apply privacy and access principles to a project focused on an emerging technology within a particular sector they’re interested in.

Ready to get started? Let’s start your privacy education, today.

Meet Our Learners
For those with minimal privacy experience, this program provides the knowledge and skills to start out or build upon your career. The curriculum gave me a leg up as I embarked on a career in privacy, and helped me as I continued to build on my education through other certifications and develop into the privacy professional I am today.
— Brad Poirier

Who should take this Privacy, Access, and Information Management certificate?

  • You’re a working professional who wants to pivot into a privacy role or change careers and go into privacy
  • You’re a professional who’s recently been hired to work on privacy and access issues and needs training
  • You’re a recent degree graduate looking for an in-demand career specialization

What will you learn while taking the Privacy, Access, and Information Management certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Leverage technology as the driving force for future policy issues
  • Plan and schedule the project in a group setting using the critical path method (CPM)
  • Identify, plan, and manage project risk and quality using analytical tools and methods
  • Implement financial controls to accounting, budgeting, and cost management systems
  • Organize self-managing teams to build products in agile and mobile project environments

Career Options

This certificate can prepare you for jobs like:

  • Privacy officer
  • Privacy analyst
  • Information and records management specialist
  • Data and trust officer
  • Information privacy technologist
  • Freedom of information coordinator
  • Privacy and compliance manager
  • Access to information analyst

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With six Grade 12 U or M credits
    • With a minimum average of 60 percent


  • Mature student status

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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