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Privacy policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

The registered office of the Certified Institute for Further Accreditation (CIFA) is at 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ UK. Telephone +44 1865 655704

More information on the CIFA can be found at 


Your data privacy

CIFA is a data controller and committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation. This Privacy Policy conforms to the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR and may be changed as necessary to reflect changes in the law or in the provision of our services.

CIFA has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted at the above address.

The information we may collect

We may use your personal information to:

  • Communicate with you
  • Manage payments
  • Administer and manage your membership of the CIFA
  • Provide customer support
  • Monitor examination performance
  • Maintain certification and/or accreditation details
  • Maintain CPD records
  • Enhance our qualifications and services
  • Fulfil disciplinary and regulatory functions


The legal basis for using your information

  • Where it is contractually needed to provide you with our products or services
  • Where it is in our legitimate interests to do so
  • To comply with our legal obligations
  • With your consent
  • In the public interest


We only share information with

  • Companies that introduce you to us, including your employer and accredited training provider
  • Other professional bodies
  • Examination delivery partners
  • Third parties whom we use to help deliver our products and services
  • Any relevant regulators
  • Companies you ask us to share your information with


International transfer of data

As we operate internationally, we may transfer information to other countries for the purposes described in this policy. We rely on multiple legal bases to lawfully transfer personal information internationally. These include your consent, compliance with a legal duty and European Commission approved model contractual clauses which require certain privacy and security protections.



We use your information, as necessary, to send you notifications and respond to you when you contact us. We may also use your information to promote new features or products that we think you may be interested in.

How long we keep your personal information

We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a customer and/or member of CIFA. After you stop being a customer and/or member, we may keep your data for one of the following reasons:

  • To respond to any questions or complaints
  • To maintain records according to rules that apply to us

We may also keep your data if we cannot delete it for legal or regulatory reasons or for statistical purposes. If we do, we will ensure that your privacy is protected, and the data only used for those purposes. We do not store any payment card information.


Your rights under data protection laws

As a data subject you have certain legal rights regarding data protection:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right to request access to your personal information
  • The right to have your personal information corrected
  • The right to object to certain processing of your personal information
  • The right to restrict processing of your personal information
  • The right to have your personal information erased
  • The right to move, copy or transfer your personal information
  • Rights in relation to automated decision-making

Please note that, under certain circumstances, your right to have your personal information erased may be limited. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.


Requesting a copy of information held

You can request a copy of the personal information we hold on you by completing a subject access request (SAR) form or by writing to us at this address:

Subject Access Request
Certified Institute for Further Accreditation

71-75 Shelton Street

Covent Garden



If you have any queries about CIFA and Data Protection, please feel free to contact the Data Protection Officer.

You also have the right to contact the 
Information Commissioner’s Office