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Certificate in
Privacy, Access, and Information Management

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

Rapid technological innovation is creating an urgent demand for privacy professionals across sectors who can effectively navigate the complex and unpredictable landscape of privacy and access. The Certificate in Privacy, Access, and Information Management is for those interested in moving into the profession. The certificate emphasizes the Privacy by Design approach and develops knowledge and skills in three key areas:

  • Privacy governance and policy
  • Information technology
  • “21st century skills” such as creativity, innovation, and critical thinking

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/privacyaccess.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, including a credit in English with a minimum grade of 60 percent; or equivalent; or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Students new to Ryerson who live outside of Canada: You will need to complete the registration form at www.ryerson.ca/ce/forms the first time you enrol in a course. 

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CLAW 401   Law:  Information Access and Privacy Protection
CZIT 427   Information Technology Management:  Data and Info. Mgmt for Privacy
CZLW 327   Law:  Privacy By Design
CZLW 527   Law:  Applying Privacy and Access


Electives (select two)

CDPR 100   Public Relations:  Public Relations Principles
CHIM 305   Health Information Management:  Introduction to Health Informatics
CITM 301   Information Technology Management:  IT Infrastructure
CITM 820   Information Technology Management:  Information Systems Security and Privacy
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CLAW 402   Law:  Health Information Access and Privacy
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
CMHR 650   Human Resources:  Management of Change
CPPA 403   Politics and Public Administration:  e-Government


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CDPR 100   Public Relations:  Public Relations Principles
CHIM 305   Health Information Management:  Introduction to Health Informatics
CITM 301   Information Technology Management:  IT Infrastructure
CITM 820   Information Technology Management:  Information Systems Security and Privacy
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CLAW 401   Law:  Information Access and Privacy Protection
CLAW 402   Law:  Health Information Access and Privacy
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
CMHR 650   Human Resources:  Management of Change
CZLW 327   Law:  Privacy By Design


Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed three courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Introduction to Privacy, Access, and Information Management requires completion of CLAW 401, CZIT 427, and CZLW 327.