Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate

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A balance between privacy and transparency is a crucial issue in a democracy. Access and privacy legislation seeks to achieve this delicate balance. It is important as well as challenging to clearly understand how access and privacy principles are applied.

The Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) certificate is an award-winning online program that focuses on the theories, concepts, principles, issues, and best practices involved in the appropriate administration of access and privacy legislation such as FOIP, PIPEDA, ATIA, and others. Complex legislation, practices, and application in the public and private sectors are also explored.

The IAPP program has received the following awards: Information Rights Pioneer Award (2015); Robert C. Clark Award (2013); Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award (2011); and the CAUCE/AÉPUC Program Award of Distinction for Academic Excellence (2004).

“The IAPP certificate completely changed my career path. It opened new professional opportunities and allowed me to be a part of an exciting and fast-developing field. The program was very engaging, and instructors were able to create a sense of community even though students were interacting online from all over Canada. I felt encouraged and supported by all instructors and staff. I am certain that future students will also find that this certificate equips them to embark on a captivating new career path. ”
− Prabhjeet Kaur



Program at a Glance

Program structure

5 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Fully online.


1-2 years of part-time study.


This program will be of benefit for individuals interested in pursuing a career in access and privacy, and for professionals in a wide range of areas, such as:

  • Federal, provincial, and municipal government employees
  • Access and privacy administrators in the private and public sectors
  • Human resources professionals
  • Auditors and management consultants
  • Records management professionals
  • Publicity, marketing, and telemarketing staff
  • Lawyers and legal professionals

Program Plan

This program is comprised of four core courses and one elective, all of them offered online through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. Each course is equivalent to 40 hours, for a total of 200 instructional hours.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy Foundations is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program. There is no specific order recommended for the remaining courses: as long as the prerequisite is met, students may choose the core courses or electives that best fit their schedule in any given term.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.


  • Core courses (4)

    This is the first course in the program:

    Information Access and Protection of Privacy Foundations

    There is no specific order recommended for the remaining courses:

    Information Access in a Liberal Democracy
    Privacy Applications: Issues and Practices
    Privacy in a Liberal Democracy
  • Elective courses (1)

    Choose one course from the Electives course list.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to earn the certificate. You may apply for admission as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses.

To enrol, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, four years of work experience, or a post-secondary credential.

You are still invited to apply if you do not meet the admission requirements. Your qualifications will be reviewed, and conditional entrance may be granted. For details, please contact the program office at 780-492-5052.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form.
  2. Submit your completed application, along with a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • All course materials are provided within the password-protected eClass at no extra charge.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Access to your courses will be provided through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool used to deliver course content and connect students and instructors.

Course materials are provided to all students in English. French students will have instructor support online in French, as well as be able to submit all assignments in French–however, online discussions with fellow students will be carried out in English (to allow for student interaction). Please advise the program office if you require French instructor support once you have registered at 780-492-7237 or

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core courses

    Elective courses


      Talk to us for additional details: call the IAPP Program Office at 780-492-7237 / 1-800-808-4784 or send us an email.


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