ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Implementer

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ISO 27701 is a Privacy Information standard which acts as an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002. The standard provides guidelines that professionals can use to implement, maintain and continually improve a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). The standard further guides organizations to comply with data privacy regimes such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

With the ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Implementer credential, professionals can prove their knowledge on PIMS and the best practices of privacy information management. Further, the certification testifies to their knowledge and professional capabilities to manage and process data while complying with data privacy regimes.

Learning Objectives

In addition to preparing you for the certification examination, this course will help you achieve the following learning outcomes set by PECB:

  • Master the concepts, approaches, methods and techniques used for the implementation and effective management of a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS)
  • Learn about the correlation between ISO/IEC 27701, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27002 and other standards and regulatory framework
  • Understand the operation of a PIMS based on ISO/IEC 27701 and its principal processes
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO/IEC 27701 in the specific context of an organization
  • Develop the expertise to support an organization in effectively planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and maintaining a PIMS

Who Should Attend this Training

  • PIMS team members
  • Managers and consultants involved in privacy and data management
  • Professionals who wish to learn about the implementation of a PIMS
  • Individuals responsible for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) within their organizations
  • Professionals responsible for ensuring conformance with data privacy regimes requirements


To be eligible for the ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Implementer certification examination, candidates should have an understanding of information security as well as comprehensive knowledge of the principles of ISMS implementation. Certification requirements are further detailed in the FAQs section

Examination Format

  • Essay type questions
  • 3 hours duration (+30 minutes for candidates attempting paper-based exams in a non-native language)
  • Open book exam

What’s Next?

Candidates who achieve the ISO/IEC 27701 Lead implementer certification can further expand their command on the subject with the ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Auditor certification.

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  • Privacy impact assessment
  • PIMS Statement of Applicability
  • Documentation management
  • Selection of controls
  • Implementation of controls

  • Implementation of controls (cont’d)
  • Implementation of controls specific for PII controllers
  • Implementation of controls specific for PII processors

  • Awareness, training, and communication
  • Monitoring, measurement, analysis, evaluation, and management review
  • Internal audit
  • Treatment of nonconformities
  • Continual improvement
  • Preparing for the certification audit
  • Certification process

Exam & Certification FAQs

When will I get my certification examination results?

You can expect your results via email in six to eight weeks after taking the exam. However, keep in mind that you will only be provided with two possible exam results – pass or fail – rather than an exact grade.

In case of exam failure, candidates will receive the results with the list of domains they did not attempt fully. That way, they can prepare better the next time.


What does the certification examination cover?

The ISO/IEC 27701 Lead Implementer certification examination covers the following competency domains:

Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS)
Domain 2: Privacy Information Management System controls and best practices
Domain 3: Planning a PIMS implementation based on ISO/IEC 27701
Domain 4: Implementing a PIMS based on ISO/IEC 27701
Domain 5: Performance evaluation, monitoring and measurement of a PIMS based on ISO/IEC 27701
Domain 6: Continuous improvement of a PIMS based on ISO/IEC 27701
Domain 7: Preparing for a PIMS certification audit


What is the exam retake policy?

Candidates can retake a PECB certification exam as many times as they wish. However, the following limitations apply:

  • Candidates need to wait 15 days for their second attempt if they do not pass on the first attempt. They can retake the exam for free within 12 months.
  • Candidates who do not pass the second attempt need to wait for three months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged.
  • Candidates who do not pass the third attempt need to wait for six months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged.
  • Candidates who do not pass the fourth attempt need to wait for a year (12 months) from the last session date.


Which reference materials can I use for the open book exam?

According to PECB’s guidelines, you are authorized to use the following materials only:

  • A copy of the ISO/IEC 27701 standard
  • Course notes from the Participant Handout
  • Any personal notes made while taking a preparation course
  • A hard copy dictionary

Are there any certification requirements I should know of?

Yes, there are. To receive your certificate, you need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Professional Experience: Five years – two years of which should be related to Privacy Information Management
  • SMMS Project Experience: 300 hours of project activities
  • Other Requirements: Signing PECB Code of Ethics
You will also need to pay the certification fee as it is not included in the exam price.

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