The PRISM Privacy+ Certification® program and application are going through a complete redesign to make the certification stronger and more industry-relevant. Look for the pre-recorded webinar going over these changes to be posted late afternoon Thursday 3 March and the new application to be available Monday 9 March.
Here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the program.
PRISM PRIVACY+ Certified companies are eligible to compete for the business of private contracts and RFPs where PRISM PRIVACY+ Certification is required. More importantly, however, PRISM PRIVACY+ Certified service providers have the advantage of being pre-qualified as meeting the requirements of all data protection regulations. When the client understands they are legally required to verify service provider regulatory compliance, they naturally show preference to the service provider who has already verified it.
At this time you do not have to be a member of the association in order to achieve PRISM PRIVACY+ Certification.
No. PRISM International Membership and PRISM PRIVACY+ Certification are two separate programs, with two separate fees, both of which need to be paid annually. Membership dues follow a calendar year renewal. Certification renewal fees are paid on the anniversary of your initial approval.
The steps to apply for Privacy+ Certification are as follows:
PRISM Privacy+ Certification is typically approved by PRISM International within 30 days of receiving a successfully completed Audit Report Form B.
All criteria needed for PRISM PRIVACY+ Certification can be found in the PRISM PRIVACY+ Certification Handbook.
Yes, the association offers a number of resources to assist you in becoming certified.