Development of a new Latvian regulation on qualifications for data protection officers is in process. The SDI will be responsible for the exam procedure. Unlike previous regulations, the new ones do not set special requirements for candidates who want to take the exam. The draft regulations state that exams will be announced at least two months in advance.

The certification exam is expected to consist of two parts:

  • in the first part, candidates will have to give written answers to 60 test questions,
  • while the second part will contain two practical tasks.

The pass mark for the first part may not be less than 80%. The second part will be marked from 1 to 10, with a lowest pass mark of 4. Candidates who pass the exam will be included in the list of data protection officers. To maintain their qualification, officers will need to participate in qualification-raising events of at least 12 academic hours a year.